What do I do if I am pregnant but struggling with an addiction? Can I still make an adoption plan for my baby? Do I have to stop using drugs? Will anyone want my baby? If you’re pregnant and struggling with addiction, you have options! Below are a few things that are important to know as you move forward:
1) Ask for help.
Reach out to someone you trust. A pregnancy counselor near you can help you process your questions. You don’t have to be alone. There are people who are here and ready to step in and help, even if you are still uncertain about what the next steps may be.
2) Be honest.
Every woman has a different situation, story, and background. If you are considering placing your baby for adoption, it’s important that you be honest about your pregnancy and struggles, including what drugs or substances you’ve used during pregnancy, so we can find the perfect family for your baby! There are many families looking to adopt and want to care for you, the expectant mother, as well. They know that no one is perfect, and we all have struggles!
3) We care about you.
The earlier we meet you, the more time we will have to walk alongside you in this process. We can help you sign up for health insurance, find prenatal care, and connect you with resources to help you with your addiction. Although adoption is our focus, we can help you with your other needs even as we help with your adoption plan for your baby.
4) We care about your child.
Your child is precious, loved, and wanted. Our adoptive parents are trained in how to care for children who have been exposed to drugs in utero, and many of these families would be excited and honored to adopt your baby. As the mother, you get to be the person to look through profile books of each family and pick the one that you decide would be best for your child, if you desire. Even if this is a last-minute adoption plan, we will make sure you have the time you need to choose from the couples looking to adopt who are trained and educated on drug exposure.