It's not too often that I get all serious when it comes to adoption. I wish I had the confidence, knowledge, and ability to advocate for adoption, but usually I just count my blessings and go merrily on my way. But in the last weeks I have read some articles that really got me thinking.
First, this USA editorial from our local FSA blog.
Then this article by a teacher linked on the r house.
The stories break my heart. The statistics are grim. And then I get a little upset that adoption is never brought up as part of the solution to the problem. And while I will never know what it is like to be a birthmom, I do know the statistics show that both she and the baby are more likely to succeed if the baby is placed for adoption.
I read a message board quite often, and maybe a year ago a woman posted how stressed their family was. Her young adult daughter came to her saying she thought she was pregnant. This mother didn't know what to do. They couldn't decide if they would encourage an abortion or offer to help raise the baby. Someone else on the board pointed out a third option: adoption. The mother was quick to respond that they could never do that. There is no way she could carry the baby for nine months just to let another family raise it.
What? That is such a small sacrifice, and in the end, do you know how many people will benefit from that decision?
I don't know the purpose of this post, other than it is a lot of stuff I've been thinking of lately. I just wish our society was more pro adoption. Now go read those articles if you haven't--there's good stuff there, I promise.