Adoption is a life-changing experience that can have a huge impact on everyone involved in the process. Not only does it benefit the adoptive parents, who have often tried for years to add to their families, but it can also benefit birth parents and, most importantly, the adopted child. When you are facing an unplanned pregnancy there are many reasons to consider adoption. Here are some things to consider regarding the benefits of adoption so you can make an informed decision about which option is right for you and your family.
For many birth parents, choosing adoption is one of the most difficult decisions of a lifetime — but it can also provide countless benefits. For expectant mothers, adoption:
- Allows birth parents to continue pursuing their goals without putting their education/career on hold.
- Relieves the financial and emotional stress of unplanned pregnancy and single parenting and allows them to receive help with living expenses during their pregnancy.
- Provides assurance that their child will be raised by pre-screened adoptive parents who will provide a safe, stable, loving, and nurturing home.
- Makes the dream come true for hopeful parents who would not be able to have a child otherwise.
- Gives them access to important services and resources, including professional counseling and support services, at no cost.
- Provides the option to stay in touch with the child through open or semi-open adoption.
- Offers access to a support group of birth mothers who will share their experiences with you.
- Covers all legal expenses, attorney fees, as well as any medical expenses that insurance does not cover.
There are also many benefits for the adopted child. More than 90% of adopted children have positive feelings about their adoption. They understand that adoption is something special and that they are loved by their adoptive families as well as their birth parents. Adopted children:
- Are placed with families who have planned, prepared, and completed the home study process to ensure they are ready to provide a stable, loving home.
- Grow up with opportunities they may not have had otherwise, such as the chance to attend college.
- Know they are loved not only by their adoptive families, but also by the birth parents who selflessly placed them for adoption to provide them with a better life.
- Have better health, more one-on-one attention from their parents, and improved school performance compared to children in the general population according to studies.
At Hand in Hand Pregnancy and Adoption we want to help you make the best decision for you and your family, for more information, visit our website and look us up on social media.
- “Benefits of Adoption – Reasons to Adopt a Child.” Nelson Law, 13 July 2017, nlfiowa.com/other-adoption-info/benefits-of-adoption/.
- “Adoption Benefits: Advantages for Adoptive Parents, Adoptive Children and Your Community.” Children’s Home Society of Virginia, 29 Jan. 2020, chsva.org/blog/adoption-benefits-community/.