This can be a confusing, heart-wrenching feeling. But unfortunately, there are countless reasons to feel this way, and knowing you are not alone is important.
Many parents have come to the realization that continuing to parent their child or children is either not healthy for the children or simply not possible any longer.
Some common reasons for adoption are:
- Lack of Support
- Mental Illness
- Addiction Issues
You may be a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or guardian of a child or children you thought you would parent while the parents sorted out their issues. If these issues are not sorted out, and parenting long-term is not in the best interest of yourself and the child, finding adoptive parents who are ready and anxious to parent is a loving choice.
You are not abandoning the child. You are helping them find a home where they can thrive. With modern, open adoption, you do not have to say goodbye to the child or children forever. You can remain a part of their lives. You can receive updates, make social media contact, and even have occasional visits.
What can you do?
There are generally two choices when parenting a child is not working: foster care or adoption.
If you are pretty sure this is a short-term situation, foster care may be the choice for you and your child. It is important to know that you, generally, will not have a say in who your child is placed with. If you have more than one child, they may not be placed together.
In addition, to regain your parental rights, you will need to satisfy all the requirements put forth by Child Protective Services, and until then, your child will remain in the foster care system.
Your other choice, modern, open adoption, allows you to choose the family your child or children are placed with. You can choose a loving family with the values and lifestyle you want your child to be raised with.
If you have more than one child, you can be sure that the siblings will be placed together. You will also have the opportunity to receive updates, photos, and even visits in the future.
How do I start the adoption process?
To start the adoption process, you simply need to call or text 800-923-6602 or email us. You will find a representative ready to walk you through the steps you need to take.
You will receive all the support and information you need to make the best choice for you and your child.