If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy or a crises pregnancy, we’re sure you have a lot of questions and probably feel overwhelmed considering all your options. As an adoption attorney, we know the joys that can come from adoption, but we also know that adoption is not the best choice for everyone. Our advice to you is to make sure you consider all your options wisely. We are available to speak to you any time, day or night, to help you make this important decision. Below are some issues we can review with you.
Do you feel that you have the life experience, knowledge, and discipline to raise and teach a child? Can you deal with exhaustion and frustration without taking it out on the child? Do you feel that you are ready to be a parent for the rest of your life?
Do you go to college? Are you still in school? Do you want an education? Do you work? Who will take of the child in the meantime, and if you have to pay for child care, will you be able to afford it?
Where do you live? Are there good schools? Is it safe? Is there a park or yard for the child to run around?
Do you have roommates or live with others? Will they be a good influence and help create a positive atmosphere for your child to grow up?
While there are many single mothers who are successfully raising their children, some believe it is important to raise a child with two parents. If your child’s father isn’t involved, can you parent alone, is there another male (your dad, brother, uncle) who could be a positive male role model in your child’s life, or is adoption the best option?
Do you have anyone willing to support you mentally, emotionally, physically, financially? Do you have a good network of family and friends that are willing to help you? Is the child’s father involved?
Will parenting this child deprive your other children of necessities?
Money should not be the reason you choose adoption, but if you place a child you can obtain financial assistance with your rent, utilities, food, transportation, phone, clothes and more.
If you have questions about adoption, or if you are interested in adoption information, please contact Jeanne T. Tate, P.A. ([email protected] or 813.258.3355). The attorneys at Jeanne T. Tate, P.A. have focused their practice on adoption law for a combined total of over 120 years and have helped complete thousands of adoptions.