Can I Place My Baby for Adoption if I am Addicted?
As a pregnant woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, adoption is stressful and challenging consideration even in the most forgiving circumstances. Adding an addiction or a struggle with one into the mix can make things seem even worse. But not to worry. Adoption is still an option for you.
If you are pregnant, addicted and looking to place your baby up for adoption, you may be wondering, Can I place my baby up for adoption if I am addicted? At Adoption Choices of New York, we will not turn down pregnant women who are facing addiction struggles. Rather, we are here to support you. You may feel weighed down by the stigma attached to addicted pregnant women, but know that we understand what you really need right now is support — not judgement.
You may be feeling guilt and stress about your situation, and feel like you have nowhere to go for help, but we want you to know that we have resources available to help you throughout your adoption journey.
Can I Place My Baby for Adoption if I am Addicted?
Absolutely! At Adoption Choices of New York, we have staff who is here to make your adoption journey simpler. We know that as an addicted expectant mother, your circumstances are even more stressful than usual, and we have resources to help take some weight off your shoulders.
- You will Receive Support, Respect and Compassion
We understand that struggling with an addiction can cause life to be more stressful. That it can create an unsafe and/or unhealthy environment for a baby. This, along with other reasons, may lead you to choosing adoption for you and your baby. Rest assured, from the moment you walk through our doors, you will receive respect, support and compassion. We have adoption caseworkers, counselors and other professionals ready to help you place your baby for adoption and navigate the adoption process.
If you are interested, your adoption caseworker can provide you with resources to help you become clear. But there is no pressure to do so. This is entirely up to you. We will respect and support you no matter what.
- You can Create an Adoption Plan
If you decide that placing your baby for adoption is the best option for you and your baby, your adoption caseworker can help you put together an adoption plan. One that completely meets your needs, and any additional requirements you might have. You will have full control over what happens and the decisions made throughout the process. Your adoption caseworker will discuss the three types of adoption with you, and ask you how involved you’d like to be after the adoption has been finalized.
Our social workers, caseworkers and counselors are trained to handle situations just like yours. They have the necessary skills and expertise to help you make the best decisions to ensure your pregnancy and adoption journey go as smoothly as possible.
- You can Find a Great Adoptive Family
Some believe that adoptive families won’t want to adopt a child from a mother who is struggling with addiction — especially if there’s a chance the baby is addicted themselves. If you have a similar concern, that’s natural and to be expected. You may feel guilty and concerned about your child’s future, but we want you to know that you don’t need to be. You are both in good hands.
We have waiting families who would love to welcome a child into their family, no matter their previous circumstances.
Taking Steps Towards a Healthy Pregnancy
Our goal at Adoption Choices of New York is for you and your baby to have the healthiest, smoothest pregnancy and adoption journey possible. For this to happen, it is important for you to start taking the steps towards recovery, whether that be addiction centers, counseling or treatment programs.
You may be worried about accepting help because you fear you will face legal trouble, but you don’t need to worry about that with us. We just want to help you work towards having a healthy pregnancy — both for you and your baby. If there is any possibility of legal issues, you can work with your adoption caseworker and one of our legal representatives to figure out where possible issues may arise.
The fact that you are considering adoption shows that you care about your child’s future. You realize that you aren’t in the place to raise a child right now. Not only does that take a lot of strength and selflessness, but it also shows that you are making a thoughtful decision that is beneficial for both you and your unborn child. This, in turn, is a great first step for a better life for both of you.
About the Author: Alexandra Georgiton is a fourth-year student at the University of Cincinnati studying Rhetoric and Professional Writing, and is receiving certification in Copyediting and Publishing. She has been passionate about the English language for her entire life, and reading and writing have always been her favorite hobbies. She enjoys professional writing and editing because she loves to use her talent and love of writing to make a difference in the world.