Giving a child for adoption is rarely, if ever, a parent’s first choice. However there are many situations and circumstances that lead a parent to make this decision. It’s an incredibly difficult and emotionally taxing decision that requires lots of thought, consideration, and preparation.
If you find yourself in this challenging position, please rest assured that you’re not alone. There are a number of resources available to you and you should take advantage of these. Remember to take care of your own mental and emotional health during and after the process of adoption. Seek support wherever you can find it. Surround yourself with people who love you and respect your decision.
If you struggle to find folks who relate to your position, you should seek out support groups in your area. The agency through which you are placing your child up for adoption should be able to refer you to other organizations that offer support to parents and families going through the same situation as you. It’s important to build a community during a time like this.