If you’re wondering whether you’re ready for motherhood, you’re not alone. Being a parent is a huge responsibility! Facing an unplanned pregnancy can feel daunting and overwhelming. But, the fact that you’re reflecting on your readiness to parent and considering your baby’s future already makes you a responsible mother. Many women don’t confront this question until after their baby is born.
They may opt to leave their baby at the hospital if they decide they aren’t ready to be a parent. However, many women don’t realize that leaving their baby at the hospital means they will enter the foster care system.
Being in the foster care system means the child may bounce around from foster home to foster home until they can be placed with a permanent family. If you are worried about your baby entering the foster care system because you are not in a position to parent, you may want to consider adoption.
Here’s what you should know if you’re considering adoption vs. foster care:
Control vs. Little Say in the Process
Placing your baby for adoption gives you control of your baby’s future. You don’t have to worry about where they will go or how they will live. You have the option to handpick your baby’s adoptive family and have a relationship with the family after your baby’s born.
Often, after women leave their babies at the hospital for Child Protective Services, they have little say in what happens next.
When you place your baby for adoption, you can ensure that your baby goes to a permanent home with a loving family that’s committed to being there for them. Always.
Adoption is all about choices and as a birth mother, you can decide how involved you want to be in the process.
Stability vs. Instability
While foster care can provide a temporary home for your baby, the instability can take a toll.
The first year of a baby’s life is incredibly important to their development. They need love, care and attention constantly. Additionally, babies form strong attachments to their parents and caregivers during this time. Forming healthy attachments early on helps them to develop healthy attachments with people throughout their life.
Adoption allows babies to form these attachments with people who will love and take care of them for the long haul.
Texas Adoption Center: We’re Here to Help
We know you’re facing an incredibly difficult decision. We also know that placing your baby for adoption is a brave and beautiful thing! We’d love to walk alongside you and support you in any way we can.
If you haven’t made any decisions about adoption before your baby is born, we can help! Our incredible adoption specialists can work with you right from the hospital, making sure your baby is immediately placed in a great family.
We’d love to give you more information about all of your options. You can give us a call no matter where you are in your decision making process. We just want to support you and give you the information you need to make the best decision for you. Contact us today at 512.893.7943!