Adoption is not a decision to be made overnight.

Whether you’re considering placing a child for adoption or are finding an adoptive parent, it’s important to do your research. Because adoption is not right for everyone, every person will have their own adoption pros and cons list to evaluate. It’s up to you to determine what’s on yours.

However, generally speaking, there are some commonly quoted advantages and disadvantages of adoption in the United States. Before you get any further in your research, learn more about them below..

Pros and Cons of Adoption in the United States

What are the pros and cons of adopting a baby? What are the pros and cons of “giving a baby up” for adoption?

As mentioned, everyone’s situation is unique. What is an advantage of adoption to one person may be an adoption disadvantage to another. Working with a trained adoption professional can help you identity what’s important in your adoption journey and help you decide which type of adoption is best for you.

Because we’re a private domestic infant adoption agency, we’re going to focus on this type of adoption process in this article. If you’re an adoptive parent deciding between your different options, make sure evaluate the pros and cons for adoption for each before choosing a path.

If you’re considering adopting a baby or “giving a baby up for adoption,” the pros and cons you’re looking for are below.

Let’s get started.

Pros of Adoption

For many people, private domestic infant adoption is a beautiful journey. It brings together adoptive and birth parents to do what is best for the child at the center of the triad. Take it from our many satisfied clients; adoption can be a life-changing journey that brings happiness for all.

Although every adoption is different, there are a few adoption advantages we’ve seen in our more than 25 years of private domestic infant adoption.

1. A child receives a life of opportunity

It’s no secret that the most important person in a private domestic infant adoption is the child. When a prospective birth mother makes the brave decision to place her child with another family, she is choosing to give them a life of opportunities she may be unable to provide.

At American Adoptions, all of our adoptive parents are thoroughly screened to ensure they are mentally, physically, financially and emotionally ready to raise an adopted child. Many of these families have waited for years through infertility treatments to become parents, and they are thrilled to give their love to a child, biologically related or no.

Statistics have shown that adoptive parents are less likely to live below the poverty line and more likely to place an emphasis on higher education (more than 90 percent of our adoptive parents have a bachelor’s degree). Because adoptive parents have prepared for years to have a child, they often have the financial means and emotional readiness to provide advantages like preschool, family vacations, extracurricular activities and more.

Prospective birth mothers who are not ready to raise a child — whether due to finances, maturity or other personal situations — can choose the life they want for their child with the parents they prefer. It’s one of the greatest pros of adoption, knowing that they are doing what they think is best for their child.

2. A birth mother receives support and a new start

Contrary to what some believe, there are many pros about adoption for a prospective birth mother, too.

Many of the women who come to our agency are at a difficult point in their lives, at no fault of their own. Many are already raising older children and know that they are unprepared to add another child to their family. Some women are facing financial difficulties and turn to American Adoptions for help. We’re happy to give it.

Every prospective birth mother who contacts our agency receives free, no-obligation counseling about all of her adoption options. She is never pressured into adoption, and she is provided parenting and abortion resources, if she wishes to take that route. But, if she does choose to start an adoption plan, we will do all we can to ensure her safety and well-being during pregnancy. This means providing financial assistance for pregnancy, living and medical expenses and connecting her with other resources she may need during this time.

Our support doesn’t end after placement, either. All of our birth parents receive lifelong counseling from our trained specialists. We are also proud to offer a birth parent scholarship program, which many of our birth parents have used to further their education and achieve their life goals. While these advantages of adoption may not be obvious at the start, many birth parents say adoption is the best choice they could have ever made.

3. Adoptive parents get to become a family

Obviously, one of the biggest advantages of adopting a child is becoming parents. Many adoptive parents spend years trying to add a child to their family, and there’s no feeling greater than having your child placed in your arms for the first time.

Parenting is a challenging but rewarding journey that many wish to take. And, when they can’t add a child in the “traditional” way, many people come to us. We help them make their dreams come true. When you work with American Adoptions to adopt a child, you will become a parent — no matter how long it takes.