If you are struggling with the question of whether or not to place your child for adoption, the following are a few questions to ask yourself to determine whether or not you are ready to raise a child.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Am I able to give a child what he/she demands and needs?
- Would I have to count on my parents to help me out?
- Can I raise a child and meet my own needs? To finish school? To start a career?
- Am I really ready to become a good parent on my own?
- What do I want to achieve in life and to experience out of life?
- Could I handle a child and a job and/or school at the same time?
- Am I ready to give up the freedom to do whatever I want whenever I want?
- An example of something I would have to give up by having my child with me would be...
- Am I willing to cut back on having fun and staying home while my friends go out?
- Would I miss my free time and privacy?
- Can I afford to support a child? How will I pay for rent, clothing, food, diapers, and other living expenses?
- Do I want to raise a child in the neighborhood that I live in now? Where do I plan to live?
- Do I want my child to be like me?
- Am I expecting my child to make my life happy and to love me?
- When I am around small children for a while, what do I think or feel about having a two-year-old around ALL the time?
- How would I treat a child if I lost my temper or became angry?
- How would I discipline a toddler?
- How would I take care of my child’s health and safety?
- Do I enjoy teaching others?
Reprinted with permission from American Pregnancy Association.