Have you thought “can I still give up my baby for adoption if I use/used drugs?” In our work with pregnant women in Florida, who are struggling with drug and alcohol use, we often get questions about whether or not adoption is an option. They often wonder, “would anyone even want to adopt my child?”
The answer is: YES! Adoption is still an option, and there are MANY waiting adoptive families who are open to different types of situations, including children with special needs and those exposed to drugs and alcohol. All adoptive families go through an education process during their home study, so not only are they happy to adopt a child from a situation like yours, but they truly understand the circumstances and what the child needs to thrive.
Fast Facts about Pregnancy and Drug Abuse:
- The most frequently used drug in pregnancy is nicotine
- Polysubstance abuse (the use of multiple drugs) is found in as many as 50% of women who use drugs during pregnancy
- According to a 2012 study, 5.9% of women in the US used illicit drugs while pregnant, 8.5% drank alcohol, and 15.9% smoked cigarettes (nicotine)
- The most commonly used drugs outside of nicotine are: cannabis, cocaine, methamphetamine, benzodiazepines, and opiates
If you are currently pregnant, using substances, and have questions about putting a child up for adoption in Florida, we can help you navigate this process. You may feel embarrassed or ashamed, but it’s important to us that you know that you are not alone. We have worked with many women who have been in similar situations. We will not judge you and we want to help.
At the Adoption Law Offices of Madonna Finney, we provide resources for birth mothers that struggle with drug use and dependency. We have counselors on staff that will work with you to discuss your options and goals. We meet you where you are at in life and work offer a space where we can work together to figure out what you feel may be best. We always strive to provide a safe space that is supportive and non-judgmental. In the end, if you choose adoption for your baby, we will help connect you with waiting adoptive parents that you can trust to love and care for your child.
If you or someone you know is facing an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, adoption is a loving option. Call or text us 24/7, we’re here for you (850) 308-1836.