Drug Addiction, Pregnancy and Placing Your Child for Adoption
Drug addiction in the United States has fluctuated over the years, but really began to change in 1956 when the American Medical Association (AMA) declared alcoholism a disease. It became more important to understand that addiction to drugs and alcohol were usually tied to some deeper, mental issues that the addicted person was struggling with. If you’re addicted to drugs and/or alcohol and have become pregnant unexpectedly, it’s natural to feel fear, stress and confusion even more intensely than a birth mother who’s not addicted to drugs.
It’s important to understand each of your options because, even though you have an addiction, those options are just as available to you as they are to a birth mother who’s not suffering from an addiction. If you’re considering placing your child for adoption, but are fearful that you may be rejected due to your addiction, you don’t have to worry. Adoption Choices of Florida won’t discriminate against you because of this. Our goal is not to judge you, but to help you and help your child by providing you with the resources you need to get healthy. The social workers and industry experts who work in our adoption center will also help you create your adoption plan, offer resources for counseling and answer any questions you may have throughout the adoption process.
3 FAQs by Birth Mothers Suffering from Drug Addiction
1. I’m addicted to drugs and am pregnant, but am considering adoption for my baby. What should I do next?
Choosing adoption is a wonderful way to ensure the best and brightest future possible for your child, and to bring the joy of parenthood to a hopeful adoptive family! Before committing to adoption, it’s important for you to do research and weigh the options available.
You may find it helpful to start by gathering information on local adoption agencies. If a particular agency interests you, feel free to reach out to them! Most adoption agencies, like Adoption Choices of Florida, are available 24/7 for birth mothers from all walks of life!
Remember, we want to help you. We can offer you information on and access to treatment centers, programs and counseling that can help you recover from addiction and get healthy, if this is something you’d like to pursue at any point in your adoption journey.
2. If I’m addicted to drugs and am pregnant, but want to place my child for adoption. Will I get in legal trouble? Will I be arrested and/or go to jail?
No. You won’t get into any legal trouble if you’re addicted to drugs, pregnant and have chosen to place your child for adoption. Since you have made this decision, you’re already on a much better, healthier path toward recovery and continuing to make decisions throughout the adoption process that are in the best interest of your child.
If you have any further concerns about your drug addiction and possible legal consequences, be sure to consult with your adoption caseworker helping you through the adoption process. The social workers at Adoption Choices of Florida are well-trained and well-equipped to deal with a wide range of issues, so you don’t hesitate to ask questions -- no matter how broad or how specific they may be!
3. Will anyone want to adopt my baby if they find out I’m addicted to drugs?
Yes! Absolutely! Adoptive parents can’t wait to expand their family -- that’s why they’ve chosen adoption!
Most waiting families have been made aware by their assigned adoption professionals that a number of children who’ve been placed for adoption are born to birth mothers suffering or recovering from drug addiction. If a child’s birth mother is addicted to drugs, usually that means her baby is, too. Because they know this, most waiting families prepare themselves to care for drug-addicted children through extensive research, training and special courses.
The Healthier You are, the Healthier Your Child is!
If you’ve chosen to place your child for adoption, remember that you will more than likely have to go through some sort of treatment program to recover from your addiction, and to get your body and mind as healthy as possible to ensure the health, growth and safety of your baby. Whatever you do to your body will have an impact on your child, so it’s important to take extra good care of yourself throughout your pregnancy. Addiction treatment and recovery programs are never easy, there’s no doubt about it, but doing so is an important part of doing what is in the best interest of your child.
If you’re going to commit to placing your child for adoption, something very important to remember is that everything you do from the moment you choose adoption must be done with your child’s best interest at the forefront of your mind!
If you are a birth parent considering adoption, and have any questions or concerns about the process, please don’t hesitate to reach out. For more information on adoption, visit us at Adoption Choices of Florida or call us at: 800-985-8108