Can I Choose Adoption if I’m Pregnant and Addicted?
A common fear amongst birth mothers experiencing an unplanned pregnancy is whether or not they can still place their baby for adoption if they’re addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. In fact, it’s rather common for adoption agencies to see birth mothers going through an unplanned pregnancy also struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction. Fortunately, most adoption agencies -- including Adoption Choices of Florida -- have the resources available to assist in getting drug- or alcohol-addicted birth mothers the help they need to get and stay healthy.
If you decide you want to be a part of your baby’s adoption process, it’s crucial for you to be as healthy as possible, so going through treatment is an absolute must!
Pregnant and Addicted -- Can I Still Choose Adoption?
To ease your concerns, the short answer to this question is yes! You are still able to place a child for adoption if you’ve become unexpectedly pregnant and are struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction. However, Adoption Choices of Florida strongly encourages you to consider all of your options first, before committing to adoption. If you choose to be actively involved in your child’s adoption process, it’s important for you to make a full commitment and prepare yourself for all of the big decisions you’ll have to make. That said, if at any point in the adoption process you change your mind about placing your child for adoption, it is entirely your right to do so!
So, Where Do I Start?
If you’ve considered all of your options carefully and feel that adoption is the right choice for you, your first step is going to consist of doing a lot of research. You should do your best to learn as much as you can about the adoption process, so you fully understand the process and the commitment you’ll be making with your decision.
Another important part of the research step is to gather information about your local adoption agencies. Some adoption agencies, like Adoption Choices of Florida, have locations in two or more cities, so its resources can be easily accessible to birth mothers throughout the state of Florida. As you gather information about adoption agencies in your area, look carefully at each website. Be sure each agency offers information about its birth mother resources and, if possible, look for reviews from other birth mothers and even adoptive families who've previously worked with those agencies. If you’ve got further adoption or birth mother-related questions, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone call or email to find the answers you’re looking for.
What will My Adoption Process Look Like if I'm addicted to drugs?
This is an excellent question! However, the answer varies depending upon each birth mother. No two birth mothers have the exact same adoption journey! If you’re addicted to alcohol or drugs and are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, your adoption journey will differ in that you’ll more than likely have to go through some sort of treatment program to help you get healthy and recover from your addiction.
The road to recovery from alcohol or drug addiction certainly isn’t going to be easy, but it’s absolutely critical to the health of both yourself and your baby. At Adoption Choices of Florida, our team of experts will be more than willing to assist you in finding a treatment program that works best for you, as well as getting your adoption journey started.
Getting Healthy… Not Just for You, But for Your Child!
As we’ve just discussed, recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction isn’t easy. But when you've become unexpectedly pregnant, getting healthy isn’t just about you anymore -- your baby’s health is at risk, too. And if you’ve chosen to place your baby for adoption, getting healthy becomes even more important. You’ve already decided that placing your baby for adoption is in his or her best interest, so that certainly means that getting yourself healthy is in his or her best interest as well. Think about it. Your baby needs you to be as healthy as possible, so you can continue to make the best decisions regarding his or her future.
Again, your road to recovery isn’t going to be easy, but you’ve got to do it! If not for yourself, for your child! For more information on drug and/or alcohol addiction and unplanned pregnancy, please visit our website’s blog on drug addiction, pregnancy and placing your child for adoption.
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