By Kim Harrell, Program Director for Pregnancy and Adoption Support
Over the past 20 years, I have journeyed alongside countless women and families who have had their lives touched by adoption. This is my experience.
Here are the top 5 ways adoption supports life:
1. Adoption provides an alternative to abortion.
For many women experiencing an unintended pregnancy, they need an alternative to abortion, as well as an alternative to parenting their child. Not all women who become pregnant are ready to be a parent.
2. Adoption supports the life of the woman experiencing an unintended pregnancy.
While an unintended pregnancy may no longer be the crisis that it used to be, these women need support. Knowing they have solid options reduces stress and gives them hope. When they choose adoption for their child, they experience one of the most selfless acts a human being can demonstrate. This is a flawless example of showing respect, worth and dignity for human life.
3. Adoption enhances the life of an unborn child.
Before a child breathes its first breath, there are people at work ensuring that a plan is being made for his or her life. The conception of a child is never a mistake, and adoption is sometimes the avenue intended for a child.
4. Adoption allows older children to have a chance at a forever family.
Many older children languish in foster care, hoping to become a part of a permanent family. These children have the right to a life filled with security and love. Adoption provides them with the future they have dreamed of.
5. Adoption is an avenue for prospective adoptive couples to grow their families.
When a woman decides to make an adoption plan for her child, an adoptive family steps in to meet that need, and inherently becomes a supporter of the “Right to Life.”
The “Right to Life” extends beyond the unborn.
Adoption impacts the lives birth parents, children and adoptive families throughout their lifespans. At its very core, adoption promotes respect for the worth and dignity of every life it touches.