The process of adoption is much different today than in the past. It can be a very long and detailed process for couples and families desiring to adopt, and there are more options for women placing children for adoption. Typically, there are three types of adoption in the United States:
Open adoption allows the birth mother to not only choose the parents for her child but also work with the prospective adoptive couple to decide what, if any, future communication she wants to have with them and her child after the placement, and in what form.
Semi open adoptions allow some identifying information to be exchanged between the adoptive parents and the birth parents
Closed adoption means no identifying information is exchanged and no contact occurs with the adoptive parents or child.
Sadly, many women considering adoption or abortion will often chose the latter, as adoption, to them, seems as though they are abandoning their babies. In fact, not only does adoption allow their children to live and bring joy to the families who adopt them, but it has shown to be a benefit for the birth mother. Women who have chosen adoption for an unplanned pregnancy are more likely to finish school and delay marriage. They are less likely to live in poverty, receive public assistance, and have another unplanned pregnancy.
According to the book of James “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows.” (James 1:27 NIV). It is part of our duty as Christians to protect the fatherless and orphan, and adoption is one of the best ways we can care for and love these children. Additionally, as children of God, we come into God’s family through adoption. Therefore, as we have been adopted into Christ, we must affirm and celebrate adopted children, adoptive parents, and birth parents.
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