Unplanned pregnancies are unexpected and can literally put a woman’s life plans on hold. By choosing adoption, women can have a second chance at finishing their long-term goals.
Many women that are facing unplanned pregnancies may not have the finances to raise a child, finish their education or have a career. By choosing adoption, women are allowed a second chance to finish their education, while knowing that their children are being well cared for in a loving, adoptive home.
In 1998, a study was conducted that reported that women that chose adoption were:
- less likely to receive public assistance and live in poverty.
- were more likely to finish school.
- were more likely to delay marriage and have additional children.
- were more likely to marry and less likely to divorce.
- were less likely to be pregnant out-of-wedlock.
- were more likely to be employed a year after the baby was born.
Open adoption allows birthmothers to still be a part of the baby’s life, whether it is through letters, pictures, emails, phone calls or occasional visits.
My Adoption Agencies has statistics showing that adopted children are likely to grow up in loving homes and have access to opportunities and resources they otherwise might not have. Growing up in two-parent homes ensures that children have access to advantageous opportunities.
One study on adopted children reports that they have superior health, receive more one-on-one attention from parents and are generally involved in more extracurricular activities. Research also shows that adoptive children grow up just as well as their peers, adjusting to their surroundings and having healthy relationships.
Estimates show that nearly 10-percent of families suffer from infertility issues. After spending years and thousands of dollars, these families generally turn to adoption. During this process, couples often feel emotionally recharged because they feel the excitement of becoming parents. Birthparents help fulfill their dreams of becoming parents.
There are many adoption support groups throughout the U.S. Adoptive parents can even start their own adoptive groups for areas that are smaller or in rural settings. Examples of groups include Adoption and the Schools; Advocacy: Taking Action to Make a Difference; Children with Special Needs: Helping Families Access Services and Information; Creating a Warmline; Creating, Enhancing and Expanding Programs for Children and Teens; Post-Adoptive Information Clearinghouses and much more.