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Religious Views on “Giving a Baby Up” for Adoption

A person’s spiritual beliefs are often a deeply important part of who they are and guide the choices they make throughout their life. If you’re currently facing an unplanned pregnancy, you may be looking to your own religious beliefs to help you decide between your three pregnancy options.

Whether you’re considering placing your baby for adoption as a result of your beliefs, or you’re worried what your religious doctrines have to say about adoption, you may find comfort in learning what various religious texts have to say on the matter.

Here’s a look at several religious views on “giving up” your child for adoption:

Atheist/Agnostic/Non-Religious

If you don’t believe in or adhere to a particular religion, unplanned pregnancy can still feel like a moral dilemma. Additionally, you may be worried about the abundance of religious adoption professionals out there.

If the religious views used in the adoption process at some agencies are a concern for you, don’t worry — there are plenty of secular agencies who can help you find the adoptive family you feel is right, without imposing their religious beliefs on you. Doing what you feel is best for yourself and your child, whatever that may be, is your primary concern, regardless of the views of any particular religion.

There are countless adoptive families who are non-religious, and who will not push your child to follow any particular religion, if that’s something that’s important to you. Reach out to a non-denominational adoption agency to learn more.

Buddhist

If you follow the doctrines of Buddhism, you may feel that placing your child into a prepared and loving home is the best way to stay true to your religious beliefs. You may feel that placing your child with loving and ready parents is an action of kindness and love toward your child and toward yourself.

Perhaps you wish for your child to be raised Buddhist, as well. If so, there are a number of waiting adoptive families who are eager to adopt from a Buddhist woman and to raise this baby within the Buddhist teachings. Start searching for Buddhist adoptive families here.

Christian

Christianity is a popular religion throughout the world. But when followers of Christ become unexpectedly pregnant, they have a lot of fears and questions, like:

“Is it wrong to give my baby up for adoption if I’m a Christian?”

Only you are able to decide if adoption is “right” or “wrong” in your situation. Ultimately, there is only the choice that is right for you. Many Christians find that prayer and reflection help them to make their choice.

“Is putting a child up for adoption a sin?”

No. Although many pregnant Christian women wonder, “Is giving your baby up for adoption a sin,” there is no mention in the Bible about adoption being a sin.

“Are there scriptures about giving a child up for adoption that I can look to?”

Adoption is mentioned several times in the Christian Bible, primarily to explain that everyone is adopted as Jesus’ child. In the contexts of these scriptures, adoption is equated to being loved by God.

“Is there a prayer for expectant mothers considering adoption that I can pray?”

There are a number of Christian prayers for birth parents and expectant parents.

“Is there a relevant Bible verse for someone giving up a child for adoption?”

Yes. Here are several Bible verses about “giving up” a child that may help if you’re considering “giving your baby up” for adoption. Christian birth and adoptive parents alike may find these verses comforting.

“What is the Christian view of placing a baby for adoption?”

Turning to the Bible or to a trusted member of the Christian clergy may help you learn more about Christian views on adoption and help you to decide if adoption is the right path for you.

Remember: If you wish to place your baby into a Christian adoptive family, there are plenty of both Christian adoption agencies and non-denominational agencies that can help you find Christian adoptive families.

Catholic

The Roman Catholic views on “giving children up” for adoption are the same as the views in any Christian religion. There are scriptures within the Catholic Bible that positively mention adoption, if in a metaphorical sense.

If you’re Catholic and want to “give up” a baby for adoption, you may ask your priest to refer you to the nearest Catholic Charities agency that is able to complete adoptions. If there isn’t a Catholic adoption agency near you, most secular adoption agencies work with Catholic adoptive families, so you can choose Catholic adoptive parents for your child if you want him or her to be baptized within the Catholic faith. You can start to search for Catholic adoptive parents using our search tool here.

Hindu

“Giving a baby up” for adoption in Hinduism is similar to choosing adoption in any religious context. Although there aren’t any Hindu adoption agencies in the U.S., most secular, national adoption agencies will be working with a number of Hindu adoptive families. So, if you prefer to place your child within a Hindu family, this can always be arranged. You can start with our online search tool to browse Hindu waiting families.

If you’re unsure about whether or not adoption is right for you, you may wish to consult with your religious guide to help you sort through your feelings about adoption.

Islam

As one of the most popular religions in the world, it’s not surprising that there are many Muslim women who will face an unintended pregnancy. Some of the most common questions from pregnant Muslim women “putting a baby up” for adoption include:

  • “I’m a follower of Islam — can I give a child up for adoption?”
  • “Is it Haram to put your baby up for adoption?”
  • “Can a Muslim ‘give away’ a baby?”
  • “Are there rules for giving your child up for adoption in Islam?”

The answer is: Muslim women can (and do) place babies for adoption. It is not considered Haram to do so, and what’s more, you can choose to place your baby within a Muslim adoptive family, if you wish.

Most national agencies have a number of waiting adoptive families who are Muslim, and there are several resources you can utilize for Muslim adoption. Reach out to a national agency to ask about any waiting Muslim adoptive parents they may be working with.

Jehovah’s Witness

Can a Jehovah Witness give a baby up for adoption?” You wouldn’t be the first Jehovah’s Witness woman to ask this question after finding out that she was unexpectedly pregnant.

The answer is, “Yes.” You can always choose to place your baby for adoption if that’s what you feel is best.

Additionally, you can place your baby with a Jehovah’s Witness family, whether that’s in your own community or anywhere in the U.S. Contact an adoption professional now to find the hopeful adoptive family you feel is right for your baby.

Jewish

Many Rabbis believe that “giving baby up” for adoption is a Mitzvah. In fact, adoption is common in Judaism. An estimated 5% of Jewish households have completed at least one adoption — this is twice the number of non-Jewish adoptive families.

Jewish law says, “Whoever brings up an orphan in their home, it is as though they gave birth to him,” (Sanhedrin 19b) and there are a number of important adoptions within Jewish history. Moses was adopted by the Pharaoh’s daughter, and Esther was adopted by Mordecai.

While placing a baby for adoption is always hard, it can be the best option for both the baby and for yourself when faced with difficult circumstances, which aligns with many important beliefs in Judaism. As always, you can choose to place your baby with a Jewish adoptive family, if you prefer, and you can even work with a specifically Jewish adoption agency.

Choosing an Adoptive Family Based on their Faith

You don’t necessarily have to work with a specific religious-affiliated adoption agency. It’s important to note that if you’d feel more comfortable placing your baby with an adoptive family who shares your religious beliefs and practices, you can easily filter waiting parents by religion using our online database search tool. You’ll also have the opportunity to get to know the chosen family and talk about your religious preferences.

Whether you’d like to share a common spiritual belief with your child’s future parents, or you’d like your baby to be brought up within the same faith you were raised within, there are waiting adoptive families of every religion. Start searching for your child’s family here or reach out to an adoption agency that can help you find an adoptive family that meets all of your preferred criteria.