TEEN PREGNANCY OPTIONS: ADOPTION IN OKLAHOMA
Facing an unplanned pregnancy is scary, but facing an unplanned pregnancy as a teenager is terrifying. When a young girl finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she usually feels lost and helpless. She may not know what to do or where to go. Usually, when people think about how to address unplanned teenage pregnancies, three things come to mind: motherhood, adoption, and abortion. Adoption Choices of Oklahoma provides aid to those who wish to pursue adoption. We work with a variety of women and girls every day. We educate them on the adoption process so they can make the best decisions when they embark on their adoption journey. Here is a list of some teen pregnancy options available to you at our Oklahoma Agency.
BENEFITS OF ADOPTION FOR A TEENAGE BIRTH MOTHER
Adoption is when a woman or girl places her child in the care of another family. Despite what the myths would have you believe, choosing adoption is one of the bravest and more selfless things a woman or girl can do. Contrary to popular belief, most of the women who place their children for adoption are in their 20s or 30s. Very few teenagers choose adoption for their babies. As a teenager facing an unplanned pregnancy, you may be wondering if adoption is a good fit for you. Here are some of the benefits of adoption for a teenage birth mother.
- You Won’t Have to Change Your RoutineWhen a teenage girl in high school or college discovers that she’s pregnant, she may think she’ll have to drop out of school. She may think her pregnancy will force her to quit her job or stop spending time with friends. With adoption, that isn’t the case. Adoption can free teenage girls from the stress and responsibilities that come with motherhood. Adoption allows teenage birth mothers to give their children a happy life without sacrificing school or work. If you choose adoption, you’ll get to continue school during your pregnancy and after you give birth. You can return to having a normal life once the adoption is finalized.
- You’ll Be in Control When You Create Your Adoption PlanWhen a teenage girl becomes pregnant unintentionally, she may feel like everything is out of her control. She may feel trapped; she may feel like she can’t do anything. Adoption can empower teenage birth mothers; it can make them feel like they’re in control again. If you choose adoption, you’ll get to create your own adoption plan. You’ll get to decide how much contact you’ll have with the adoptive family, and you’ll get to decide what type of relationship you’ll have with the adoptive family. If you want to maintain a close relationship with the adoption family and your child, you can do that. If you want space and privacy after you give birth, that can also be arranged. As the birth mother, you’ll get to choose your child’s adoptive parents. You’ll receive profiles on the available adoptive families, and you’ll decide (based on the families’ values, interests, home environment, etc.) who will make the best parents. Adoption Choices of Oklahoma will help you through the process, of course, but you’ll be the one calling all the shots.
- Adoption Benefits You and Everyone Else InvolvedAdoption is a decision that benefits everyone involved: the teenage birth mother who can’t provide for the child, the adoptive parents who will care for the child, and the child himself/herself. If you choose adoption, you’ll get to return to the life you had before, all while giving your child a sustainable future. You’ll get to help a couple (or an individual) start a family. You can take comfort in knowing you did a good thing, not only for yourself but for others.
IS ADOPTION THE RIGHT OPTION FOR YOU?
We understand you’re going through a difficult time, and we understand you’re going through it at a very young age. Considering your teen pregnancy options is scary, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and choosing adoption may lead you to the light at the end of that tunnel. If you live in Oklahoma and you think adoption is the best option for you, or if you have additional questions about adoption, reach out to us today. Adoption Choices of Oklahoma will be here for you every step of the way.
Adoption Choices of Oklahoma is a private adoption agency, licensed by the state of Oklahoma and a leader in the adoption community. We have been assisting birth parents, children, and adoptive families in Oklahoma for over 19 years. Our staff members are committed to providing an ethical, empowering, and personalized adoption experience to all involved in the adoption process. If you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.
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