13 Ways Adoption Benefits Adoptive Parents, Birth Families & Children
“My motivations is really just seeing the joy, the tears, the happiness at the adoption finalization hearings, and letting the biological parents know that what they’re doing is the most selfless act an individual can ever possibly do,” Ken Nelson says. “What they’re doing is probably going to help their lives, and it’s going to completely change for the better the lives of the adoptive parents.”
Adoption is a life-changing experience that can have an incredible impact on everyone involved in the process. Not only can it benefit the adoptive parents, who have often tried for years to add to their families, but also the birth parents and, most importantly, the adopted child.
Whether you are facing an unplanned pregnancy or struggling to add to your family, there are countless reasons to consider adoption. Here, learn more about the benefits of adoption so you can make an informed decision about what is right for you and your family.
Advantages of Adoption for Prospective Birth Parents
For many birth mothers, choosing adoption is one of the most difficult decisions of a lifetime — but it can also provide countless benefits. For expectant mothers, adoption:
- allows them to continue pursuing their goals without putting their education or career on hold.
- relieves the financial and emotional stress of unplanned pregnancy and single parenting, and allows them to receive help with living expenses during their pregnancy.
- provides peace of mind that their child will be raised by pre-screened adoptive parents who can provide a safe, stable, loving and nurturing home.
- is an opportunity to help hopeful parents who would not be able to have a child otherwise.
- gives them access to important services and resources, including professional counseling and support services, at no cost.
- offers opportunities to stay in touch with the child through open or semi-open adoption.
If you are pregnant and considering adoption for your baby, you will have the opportunity to design an adoption plan that works for you — one that allows you to continue to pursuing your goals while remaining a part of your child’s life.
Advantages of Adoption for Adopted Children
Do adopted children grow up to be happy, healthy and successful? How do adoptees feel about adoption? Will my child resent his or her adoption story? These are common concerns for expectant mothers and adoptive families alike.
Whether you are considering adoption as an expectant mother or hopeful parent, know that adopted children:
- are placed with families who have planned, prepared and longed for a child; these parents have completed the home study process to ensure they are ready to provide a stable, loving home.
- often grow up with opportunities they may not have had otherwise, such as the chance to attend college.
- are raised knowing they are loved not only by their adoptive families, but also by the birth parents who selflessly placed them for adoption to provide them with a better life.
- are reported to have better health, more one-on-one attention from their parents, and improved school performance compared to children in the general population.
More than 90 percent of adopted children have positive feelings about their adoption; these children are raised to understand that adoption is something special and that they are loved by their adoptive families as well as their birth parents.
Advantages of Adoption for Adoptive Parents
Hopeful parents have many different reasons for adopting a child, but most are motivated by the same thing: the desire to become parents. For these hopeful families, adoption:
- enables them to become parents when they may not have been able to otherwise; adoption is a popular option for same-sex couples, single individuals and those struggling with infertility.
- allows them not only to add a child to their family, but also to develop special relationships with their child’s birth parents and extended family members.
- gives them the opportunity to raise a child in need of a loving, stable home.
Without adoption, many hopeful parents would never get to experience all of the joys and rewards of raising a child; they would never have the opportunity to teach a child to ride a bike, help them with their homework, or rediscover the world through the eyes of their son or daughter.
Today’s adoptions allow birth mothers and adoptive families to come together to make positive choices that not only benefit each other, but also their children, extended family members, neighbors, teachers, and anyone else who is touched by their adoption story.
To learn more about how adoption can benefit you, contact Nelson Law Firm to discuss your circumstances and your adoption goals.