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Reasons for Putting a Child Up for Adoption

author image Sara Ipatenco
Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.
Reasons for Putting a Child Up for Adoption
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Adoption can provide a beautiful opportunity for couples to become parents if they are unable to conceive their own child. There are many avenues for seeking out adoption just as there are many reasons why some birth mothers and birth fathers decide to put their baby up for adoption. If you are unsure about keeping your baby or just want to know what your options are, the following reasons are some of the most common ones to consider when making your ultimate decision.

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Age Of Birth Mother

Many teenagers get pregnant each year, and Healthy Children reports that teenage mothers may not feel physically and mentally capable of providing for their baby so they give another mother the chance to love their child. There are many kinds of adoptions that teenage mothers can consider. Teenage mothers who know that adoption is the right choice but struggle with giving up their baby can explore open adoption. An open adoption allows the birth mother to know the adoptive family so she can remain in contact with her child. A closed adoption is for those who do not want any contact with the adoptive family or the baby.

Unwanted Pregnancy

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancies reports that one-third of all pregnancies in the United States are unwanted, with the majority occurring in unmarried women over 20. These women choose to give their baby up for adoption because they know a loving family who truly wants a child will care for and love their baby in their place.

Lack Of Resources

It takes a great deal of time and money to provide what a child needs. Some women choose adoption because they are unsure that they have access to the resources necessary to meet the needs of their child. Pregnancy, a website dedicated to helping parents be successful, reports that choosing adoption is a selfless way to love a child when the birth mother cannot afford to raise the child herself or does not have a support system in place to help her.

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