Adoption is one option to consider if you find yourself financially, emotionally or otherwise unable to parent at this stage of your life.
Though often easily dismissed, adoption can be a good choice, not only for your baby but for you as well. It means you are able to pursue your life goals without the responsibility of parenting or the potential grief of abortion.
Birth Parents who choose adoption might be:
- Wanting to achieve other goals and dreams before starting a family
- Hoping to have their child raised by both a mother and father
- Needing a better support system before parenting
- Lacking the necessary financial resources to raise children
- Parting ways with the birth father
- Pregnant as the result of an assault or incest
- Struggling with addictions
Today’s adoption process provides you with the opportunity to:
- Create a plan that considers the best interests of your child.
- Choose the family in which your child would be raised.
- Have a lifelong relationship with your child and adoptive family (open adoption).
- Preserve your identity if your choice is not to have further contact (closed adoption).
The decision to make an adoption plan can be made anytime during your pregnancy or even after your baby is born. Adoption laws vary by province, so you will need to consult with a local adoption agency or an adoption lawyer to gain the most accurate information.
Planning an adoption for your child can be emotionally difficult. There will be a grieving process involved. It is important to have support throughout the entire adoption journey. You may find the support you need from your family and friends, a pregnancy centre peer counsellor, or from an adoption agency. Participating in post adoption support will help you move forward positively and give you encouragement to pursue your goals.
Please connect with an online peer counsellor if you wish to discuss your options further or if you need an appropriate referral to local services.