Choosing to place a baby for adoption is a very difficult decision, and there are generally a number of factors that contribute to such an important and loving decision. It’s important to remember that you are not alone and that your reasoning to decide to either parent or place your child is distinctly your own.
Factors that may contribute to making a decision about an adoption plan include, but are not limited to:
– Parenting one or more child already
– Not emotionally prepared to parent
– Pregnancy was unexpected
– Unstable family situation
– Financial concerns
– Currently homeless or living in a shelter
– Lack of support from friends/family
– Age – Feel too young or too old to parent
– Not ready for another child
– Lifestyle is not appropriate for a child
– Physically unable to care for a child
– Want to make someone a parent by allowing them to adopt a baby
– Have a negative relationship with the birth father
– Circumstances surrounding the conception
– No support from the birth father
– Marital problems
– Unknown birth father
– Want my child to have two parents
– Continuing educational plans
– Professional goals
– Don’t want parents/family to know about the pregnancy/baby
– Baby is expected to be born with special needs.
There are obviously many more reasons that birth parents have for making such a difficult decision, and if you would like to speak with an adoption counselor about your specific situation contact Adoption STAR by phone toll-free at 1-866-691-3300 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No one has the right to judge you, make you feel small or try to convince you one way or another. You have the right to be respected and provided with confidentiality and support.