7 Things Pregnant Teens Ask Prior to Considering Adoption as an Option

Last year, more than 300,000 teenagers had babies, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. About 3,000 made the decision to find adoptive parents for their babies. 

Here are seven common questions pregnant teens ask prior to considering adoption as an option:

"Is adoption the right choice for my baby and me?"
Many teen parents aren't emotionally or financially ready to care for a new baby. Deciding to find a caring family to raise the baby can help ensure that both the birth parents and their child can have rich, full lives. 

"Can I choose the adoptive family?"
Naturally, birth parents want their babies raised by families that share their values and interests--and adoptions agencies are very helpful in identifying adoptive parents that the birth mother will like.

"How soon after the baby is born does my baby go to the adoptive family?"
Some birth parents want time with their baby. Others prefer that adoptive parents have an opportunity to bond with the new baby.
  

"How much will my baby know about me?"
Some birth parents want the baby to have information about them, others don't. Again, birth parents get to decide.
 

"Can I get pictures of my baby?"
After the baby is born, birth parents can take pictures, and many adoptive parents are willing to send pictures as the baby grows up.
 

"Can I meet my baby later?"
There are arrangements that allow birth parents to meet their children and others that make it possible for children to connect with birth parents at some point.
 

"What if I change my mind?"
Adoption is emotional. Understanding and being sure that it is often the best choice for the birth parents and their baby is important to making it work for everyone.

About the Author

Laurie Colton is the owner of A Is 4 Adoption, which is a licensed and bonded California based adoption facilitation center. Laurie and her dedicated staff are committed to answering all of your questions and concerns for the baby adoption process. She believes in providing all the necessary support to adoptive parents so that they make an informed decision and easy transition. She endeavors so that no parent will ever face the same pitfalls that she did while adopting her daughter.

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