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Benefits of Adoption

The Pros of Adoption for Birth Mothers, Hopeful Parents and Adoptive Children

The benefits of adoption can be felt by a countless number of people across the United States, as nearly everyone has been touched by adoption in some way. Neighbors, friends, relatives, in-laws — most of us know at least one person who has experienced the benefits from adoption.

Adoption isn’t any easy thing to do, but most things worth doing aren’t easy. And while everyone involved in the adoption process will experience unique challenges, there will also be unique adoption benefits. These are not temporary advantages, but rather they are life-changing positives that come with being a part of something so important.

Benefits of Adoption for Adoptive Parents

  • The joy of starting a family

  • The opportunity to raise and love a child

  • A meaningful relationship with the potential birth mother

What are the benefits of adopting a child? Hopeful parents come to choose adoption for a variety of reasons. A significant number of couples work their whole lives to prepare to start a family, but are met with the painful struggles of infertility. Others may be LGBTQ couples who dream of starting a family through adoption or surrogacy. Still, there are other hopeful parents who could have children biologically, but see adoption as a beautiful opportunity to love and care for a child.

Whatever path has brought a hopeful parent to the point of considering adoption, we’re sure it hasn’t been easy, because life rarely is. We want anyone considering adoption to know that there are real benefits of adopting a child, and you can experience those benefits.

The joy of starting a family is difficult to describe. It’s a clarifying moment — something that makes anyone realize what really matters in life. One of the best things about helping thousands of hopeful parents complete an adoption is seeing the joy on a new adoptive parent’s face when they hold their baby for the first time.

But, of course, that is really only the beginning of the journey and one of the earliest benefits to adoption. Parenting is a lifelong commitment. The chance to raise a child, to watch them grow and do everything possible to help them thrive, is a wonderful opportunity. Even though it may not feel like it sometimes, like when a baby decides 3 AM is their new favorite time to be awake or a teenager is in an inexplicably bad mood, parenting a child from infancy to adulthood is one of the most amazing benefits of domestic adoption.

Throughout this whole journey, adoptive parents have a chance to establish a meaningful relationship with their child’s birth mother through open adoption. This idea may seem scary at first, but open adoption is becoming increasingly common, and many people will tell you about how great it has been in their lives.

All of this takes hard work, but the benefits for adoptive parents pop up throughout life. Every smile, laugh, birthday party, new accomplishment and special moment shared with a child is a reminder of how incredible parenting is, and how long-lasting the benefits of adoption really are. 

For those reasons, the opportunity to experience parenthood is the greatest benefit some couples could ever hope for, which may not have been possible without adoption.

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Benefits of Adoption for Birth Mothers

  • Giving life to your baby

  • Doing what is best for your life

  • An ongoing connection to your child

Adoption benefits the birth mother as much as anyone, if not more.

For a woman, unexpectedly learning that she is pregnant can be one of the most stressful times she can ever endure. The pregnancy can halt her education, career and other goals she may have. On top of that, she may not have the finances or a partner in her life to help raise the child, making her situation more difficult.

The woman may be in high school or college when she learns that she is pregnant, and raising the child will undoubtedly put either a temporary or permanent hold on her education. If she doesn’t have parents willing to support her or help look after the child, she may struggle balancing one or two jobs while raising the child. Indeed, an unplanned pregnancy can send a woman’s life into a tailspin if she doesn’t have the proper support system.

These reasons are why many women selflessly choose adoption for their baby. They may consider raising the child themselves, but women who choose adoption understand that they are not ready to become parents at this time in their lives. And while it is common to hear that a woman is “giving up” a baby for adoption, the truth is that choosing adoption is not giving up or simply “giving your baby away.” Adoption gives a child a chance at life.

For a woman considering adoption, it provides a chance to do what is best for her life and also give her baby an opportunity to have a wonderful life. And thanks to the increasing prominence of open adoption, it’s possible for a woman to have an ongoing connection with the baby she chose adoption for. These are all significant benefits of adoption for women considering adoption.

In summation, adoption benefits the birth mother because it grants her a second chance at receiving an education and fulfilling her goals, while creating the opportunity for her child to be raised in a home with a loving family who have always dreamed of being parents.

For most birth mothers, knowing that their child is safe and happy is the biggest benefit to adoption of all.

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Benefits of Adoption for the Child

  • A loving family

  • A life of opportunity

  • The chance to fulfill dreams

What do Faith Hill, Jesse Jackson, Steve Jobs, Dave Thomas, Gerald Ford and John Lennon all have in common? They, along with many other celebrities, were adopted.

How would their lives have turned out if adoption wasn’t chosen for them as kids? Would they still have attained stardom? Because these celebrities were placed for adoption, they were given a multitude of opportunities that they may not have otherwise had.

So, what are the benefits of adoption? The point isn’t that all children who come to a family through adoption will be famous. Clearly, that’s not the case. The point is that adoption creates the space for a child to grow, to thrive, and to fulfill his or her dreams. One of the biggest benefits of adoption for a child is the chance at a meaningful life filled with love, whether that life leads them to be a famous actress, or an engineer, schoolteacher or auto mechanic.

Of course, there will still be challenges in any child’s life, and there are specific challenges that a child who has been adopted may face. But simply being provided with a safe household and with loving parents are adoption benefits for the child that are immensely important.

But perhaps more important is the fact that a child who comes home through adoption knows she has two parents who love her, as well as a biological mother who loves her so much that she selflessly chose the best life possible for her child. This, among many other things, clearly shows the benefits to adoption for children.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is American Adoptions the right adoption agency choice for many birth mothers?

American Adoptions is one of the largest licensed adoption agencies in the United States. Each year, we work with thousands of women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to these women. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you seven days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and available options.

You should choose an adoption agency where you feel completely comfortable with their services and staff. With American Adoptions, you will work with an Adoption Specialist who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Adoption Specialist will be your advocate and will provide support and guidance as you create an adoption plan that is right for you.

How will the family tell my child about me and the adoption when my child is older?

Each family has their own style of introducing adoption to the child. When you are matched with an adoptive family, you can ask them this question. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it for you, just let her know. He or she can share your wishes or provide good ideas from other adoptive families.

You will also be able to share what you want your baby to know about you. You can complete a keepsake booklet to share hobbies, stories, photos of you and your family and a letter to your baby. The adoptive family can provide this to your child as he or she grows older. Be as creative as you like! Some birth mothers have even knitted a special blanket as a gift to their baby or given a similar symbol of their love.

The father of your baby can fill out the birth father's keepsake booklet or write a letter too. You may have other family members who would also like to share photos or a letter to the baby. This is your opportunity to pass on your and your family's love and to share your personality, history and reasons for choosing adoption. The adoptive family will treasure whatever information you provide and will share it with the baby at an appropriate age. In most adoptive homes, the word adoption is in the child's vocabulary early on, and adoption is celebrated in their lives.

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