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How Do I Know Adoption is the Right Choice for My Baby?

When dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, you might find yourself weighing your options. Deciding to place your baby up for adoption is a heavy, emotional decision, and there is a great deal of thought that goes into it. It’s costly to raise a family and a parent’s job never ends.

This will forever impact you and your baby, so it’s best to consider all of the aspects and research everything thoroughly. You’re wondering: how do I know adoption is the right choice for my baby?Don’t panic. Here are some questions that you should ask yourself:

Am I financially stable and ready to support another person?

Children can be expensive and require constant care. Diapers, wipes, baby food and other expenses are definitely not cheap! As your baby grows, he or she will need bigger clothes, shoes and more. Supporting yourself can already be financially draining, but adding another person to your budget just might not be feasible. If you cannot afford the basic necessities, you might not be ready to be a parent.

There are also some expenses that you just can’t plan for — ER visits, medicine and school fees are just a few examples of the never-ending finances that come with raising children. Also, it doesn’t seem to be getting cheaper anytime soon. Experts expect the cost of raising a child to increase in the coming years.

Am I where I want to be in my career and education?

Furthering your career or continuing your education can be difficult enough without children, so having that extra responsibility might mean it will take you longer to achieve your goals if you haven’t already. You can either spend extra money for childcare to focus on  your education or career, or attempt balancing parenthood and those responsibilities — which is no easy feat.

Imagine trying to work longer hours to advance your career while you have a little one at home. The baby would be missing out on quality time, and you would be missing milestones with your child. The same is true for education. While it’s not uncommon for parents to be students, typically in higher education, it is way more difficult if you do not have the resources to help you balance school and motherhood. Attempting to do homework or other assignments might cost you a good grade if you are constantly tending to a child.

Do I have the support to be a parent?

The phrase “it takes a village to raise a child” definitely rings true. Whether it be friends, family or neighbors, you can never have too much help as a mother.

Not having any support at all might be emotionally draining and it might not be the right time for you to be a parent. Although there are many resources and support for parents, you also have to be at a place where you are ready to accept help.

Do I want to be a mother?

Some women do not want to be parents, and that’s OK. Do not feel pressured by societal expectations; everyone is different. If you do not want to be a mother, there are plenty of parents who have dreamed of nothing more.

Adoption Choices of Nevada will work with you to discuss your options and determine if adoption is right for you. We will make sure that you’re well informed and you will always have a voice.

How Do I Know Adoption is the Right Choice for My Baby?

If you answered “no” to any or all of these questions, adoption might be the right choice for you. There are many factors involved and you may want to further discuss with a professional, such a social worker or adoption counselor.

Giving the gift of a child to another loving family is a beautiful and courageous act, and Adoption Choices of Nevada is here to help you every step of the way. We understand this is not an easy journey, but we will support you in every way.

Adoption Choices of Nevada has been providing adoption and surrogacy services across Nevada since 2012. Contact Us 24/7: CALL OR TEXT 702-474-4673

Meet the Author: Hi! I’m Ashley! I am a senior at Loyola University Chicago pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in journalism. My hobbies include: reading, writing, and binge-watching the newest Netflix craze.

I hope to one day be a reporter, but I also have an interest in social work. When I’m not in school or working, you can find me relaxing with friends, shopping or volunteering at a local foster home.

 

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