Teen Pregnancy and Adoption in Reno, Nevada
You’d think that teen pregnancy and adoption would be together all the time, wouldn’t you? With movies like Juno and TV shows like Glee, you’d think that it would be more accepted in our culture and society. Especially when both of these media items are so popular and have had an impact on how the world looks at adoption. The truth, though, is vastly different from that.
Seriously! There aren’t a million teenagers out there that jump onto adoption as a first choice. Being pregnant is a hard task, as you already know, and then with the world already having stigmas against teen pregnancy and adoption, it makes your choice of how you want to move forward with your unplanned pregnancy harder. For uninformed teenagers, stigmas and negative stereotypes can, unfortunately, shape how they view the world.
So, what exactly is going on with adopting an infant and teen pregnancy?
Teenagers are Not the Normal
Believe it or not, teenagers are not the normal birth mothers for most adoption agencies in the United States. In Nevada alone, a teenager who chooses adoption is less than one a year. The most common type of women who come into Adoption Choices of Reno are women who are over twenty. If you are a teenager right now, then that isn’t to say you aren’t welcome to choose adoption.
Most women who become birth mothers are women who are already raising a child, are in their early thirties, or have an established career already. It is drastically different from how the media portrays the idea of adoption.
Many teenagers aren’t adoption minded. In fact, while adoption is becoming more popular, most expectant mothers aren’t thinking about adoption first. The first two things that come to mind are abortion or raising the child. Nothing is wrong with either option, and it’s important to research and educate yourself on all your available choices to help you determine which is best for you. When you look at teenagers in most cases, though, studies show that they are going to choose an abortion. As you know, being pregnant is an enormous commitment and if you aren’t a teenager, then you know that there is a large mental commitment too.
If a teenager chooses to raise the child, they often rely on their parents for the start of it. So, the stigma of teenagers “giving up” their child for adoption is really low. Even the term “giving up” is incorrect too. The media hasn’t played nice for adoption or teens over the years.
Teens and Adoption
If teenagers don’t choose adoption most times anyway, why bother talking to them? Well, you may not be a teenager, but maybe you know one. Maybe you are one too. When you have an unexpected or unwanted pregnancy, it can be a terrifying time in your life. There are so many worries and expectations on you, and it can get overwhelming quickly. Having someone tell you your unplanned pregnancy options and support you can make everything easier to manage.
As any potential birth mother, you have choices and you need to think about all of them. To help you out, here are some questions to ask yourself before you consider raising a child, adoption, and abortion.
Can you raise this child without feeling a strain on your finances, mental health, and physical health?
Will a baby impact your career, school, or current lifestyle negatively?
Do you have a support system to help you with the child?
Will the baby’s father be in the picture?
Can you keep up with your medical care and the baby’s care?
Are you against abortion because of religious or personal beliefs?
If you have any more questions you can reach out to Adoption Choices of Reno with them. Be that having something to do with adoption or options for finding doctors or support groups.
Teen Pregnancy and Adoption
Teenagers aren’t the biggest demographic for adoption. The media wants to say that they are, but the truth is they just aren’t. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, but it is pretty rare -- at least in Nevada. No matter what age you are at, you always have a choice when it comes to an unplanned pregnancy. If you need help figuring out options, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno has been providing adoption and surrogacy services across Nevada since 2012. You can call us to speak to someone now!