Every parent wants what is best for their child, and for some parents, adoption is the most loving choice they could possibly make. It is not selfish or a decision that is made lightly. Birth parents choose adoption because they want the best possible life for their child.
Trying to decide whether to parent or place your child for adoption can be a difficult and emotional time in your life. And unfortunately, there are still misconceptions about how adoption really works. So if you are considering adoption, it might not be obvious how adoption will benefit your child. You may be wrestling with questions like, How can I be sure my baby will be safe and happy? Could giving up my baby really be what is best for her?
However, once you understand the true face of modern, open adoption, it’s easy to see the many benefits adoption has for your child:
1. Your child will have loving, stable adoptive parents.
All of Lifetime Adoption’s hopeful adoptive families are qualified and eager to provide a loving home for your baby. Before a couple can adopt, they must complete a home study that includes background checks, interviews, and home inspections. That means any family you decide to check out on our website has already passed our screening process to ensure they can provide the best possible environment for your baby.
The adoption process can be long and costly for adoptive families. Their investment in this process shows their commitment to you and your child and that they have enough financial security to provide your baby with a comfortable life.
2. Your child will have financial security.
The adoption home study process also includes an evaluation of the adoptive family’s finances. You can rest assured that any family you choose can afford the expenses that come with raising a child.
Financial security can open up doors to opportunities your child might not have had otherwise. Your child won’t suffer the stress of housing or food insecurity. He will benefit from a healthy lifestyle that comes from affording better nutrition and access to regular healthcare. With his basic needs met, your child has a chance to thrive. He may have the opportunity to attend college, graduate school, or travel the world.
3. You put your child on a path toward a bright future.
When you choose an open adoption plan, you get to choose the perfect adoptive family for your child. Lifetime Adoption works with hopeful adoptive families all across the country. Whether you prefer a family from a quiet, rural town or a family who lives a busy, active city life, you have control over the environment you wish for your child.
You are also choosing parents who have the time and resources to nurture your child’s talents and passions. Children with parents who regularly talk to them and read to them benefit by developing vocabulary and social skills at a higher rate than children who don’t have that foundation. This gives your child a running start on his education. As your child grows older and takes an interest in sports, music, or other activities, his parents will have the time and energy to support him.
4. You can still be there for your child.
What many people don’t realize about modern adoption is that when you choose an open adoption plan, you can still be a part of your child’s life. The amount of contact you maintain with the adoptive family and your child is up to you. So you adoption will benefit your child by providing this special relationship. You’ll never have to wonder if your child is safe or happy because you will still be a part of her life.
Your child will know her adoption story from day one, so there will never be any secrets or mystery about her birth family. She will know that she has both an adoptive family and a birth family who love her.
Studies have shown that adoptees who have positive relationships with their birth families are more well-adjusted and have a more positive self-identity. Understanding adoption: A developmental approach (nih.gov) You can be there to help your child understand her birth history and medical history. If you choose an adoptive family from another race, you can also help your child build a positive cultural identity.
How Can Adoption Benefit My Child? – Lifetime Adoption
At Lifetime Adoption, we make sure that everyone involved is working for the benefit of the child. If you decide that adoption is right for you, you can feel confident that your child will benefit from your loving, selfless choice.
Lifetime Adoption has been helping women with adoption since 1986. So if you’re wondering, “How can adoption benefit my child?”, call and speak with a caring adoption coordinator today at 1-800-923-6784.
As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Lifetime Adoption, Heather Featherston holds an MBA and is passionate about working with those facing adoption, pregnancy, and parenting issues. Heather has conducted training for birth parent advocates, spoken to professional groups, and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the multiple aspects of adoption. She has provided one-on-one support to women and hopeful adoptive parents working through adoption decisions.
Since 2002, she has been helping pregnant women and others in crisis to learn more about adoption. Heather also trains and speaks nationwide to pregnancy clinics to effectively meet the needs of women who want to explore adoption for their child. Today, she continues to address the concerns women have about adoption and supports the needs of women who choose adoption for their child.
As a published author of the book Called to Adoption, Featherston loves to see God’s hand at work every day as she helps children and families come together through adoption.