If someone you love is facing an unplanned pregnancy and is interested in pursuing adoption, it is understandable that you might have some questions. For many people, adoption seems like a difficult choice. Perhaps it seems like the wrong decision.
Whatever you are feeling, it is important to remember that you are not in their shoes. For many women, adoption can be a loving option chosen to give their baby a higher quality of life.
What Are the Different Types of Adoption?
There are three main types of adoption, and each of them is available to a woman with an unplanned pregnancy.
These types include:
- Open adoption: In an open adoption, the birth mother forms a relationship with the adoptive family and child. She is able to communicate with them and have the level of contact that she wishes.
- Semi-open adoption: With this choice, the birth mother and adoptive family still communicate with each other, but all communication is carried out via a third party such as an adoption attorney.
- Closed adoption: A closed adoption allows for complete confidentiality. The birth mother remains anonymous and has no contact with the child and adoptive family. All records are sealed.
No matter which option your loved one chooses, it is important to know that adoption is a brave, selfless act. This choice is done out of love for the child and the desire to give them a better life.
Adoption also allows women to pursue their goals. According to American Adoptions, statistically speaking, women who choose adoption are more likely to achieve their goals and be successful.
How Can I Support My Loved One?
One of the best things that you can do for your loved one is to listen to them. When experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, many women would prefer to be in a judgment-free environment. Providing this safe environment for your loved one will help her to feel heard.
Offering support to your loved one is another key part of the process. Perhaps the woman would like to talk about her options. You can connect her with a trusted professional to explore all of her adoption options and consider the plan that is best for her and her life.
Have More Questions?
If your loved one has more questions about adoption or would like to speak with someone, New Beginnings Pregnancy Center can provide the information she needs!
Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about adoption! We are here for her.