Adoption as an Option

Women who have trouble getting pregnant usually wait at least one year before they consider adopting a child. According to a poll of 425 parents conducted by Parent Soup, one of the largest parenting websites in the U.S., only 12 percent of women say they would wait less than a year after trying to conceive before looking into adoption. More than two thirds of respondents (68 percent) said they would wait more than a year and 38 percent would wait longer than two years. One out of every ten parents quizzed would never consider adoption if they couldn't conceive.

Here's a sample of what women had to say about making the decision to explore adoption: It took nine months of trying to conceive my first. They were the longest nine months of my life. We wanted a baby so (badly). I would have done anything to become a mother. I'm sure by 12 months we would have been looking into adoption, and every other option!.
  --Unamommer

It would depend on my age. I would do everything physically possible, regardless of cost, to conceive a child. I would have to say over two years.
  --host ps beach

If I was told that I was unable to conceive, then I would start the adoption process right away. Actually, I think adoption is a great idea -- even for fertile couples.
  --lauramohd

It would depend on the circumstances. If a doctor told me I could not conceive or that my chances were extremely slim, I would consider it right away. It would depend on age as well.
  --jdsmom8391

I'm so glad I was never pregnant, because then I never would have had Basya. I have no desire to be pregnant now. I really don't understand trying everything -- no matter how unlikely -- to get pregnant. There are lots of kids who need parents, and I couldn't love a birth child any more than I love my own daughter. I also got to experience the miraculous, wonderful experience of adoption! I can't wait to do it again.
  --lisajane44

I would love to adopt some children, but I just can't afford the money to pay for it. We are great parents and would love to adopt a couple kids to add to our three, but it just costs so much! I wish there were ways to lower the costs -- I would do it in a sec!
  --apratt8396

If unable to conceive, I'd wait six to twelve months. We have been blessed with three great kids. We won't have any more biological children, but we haven't ruled out adoption. We will be fostering kids who have special needs--kids who are disabled, (have) HIV/Aids or are born to drug dependent mothers. I imagine we will adopt several children, should the opportunity arise. I firmly believe in adoption -- every child should get a family.
  --phdandmrs

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