Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a crystal ball to show us how our lives would turn out depending on the choices we make? Although no one has a crystal ball, relevant statistics can predict how members of a certain group may behave. The National Committee for Adoption (NCFA) conducted a research study of young women who created adoption plans for their children. Here are some of the trends they found.

Young women who create adoption plans:

  • tend to delay marriage longer.
  • do not get pregnant as quickly again.
  • finish high school more often.
  • generally complete some kind of vocational training.
  • have higher educational goals.
  • seldom rely on welfare.
  • are less likely to live in poverty.
  • tend to live in higher-income households in the years are the adoption was finalized.
  • are more likely to be employed, and at better paying jobs.

Though statistics don’t represent all birth mothers who create adoption plans, it is encouraging to note that of the women involved in this research study, those who chose to adoption for their child were more likely to follow these positive trends.