Adoption is certainly an option in an unexpected pregnancy, but we know it’s not a consideration for all women. If you know that adoption is what you want to pursue or if you just want to know more about adoption, we can provide you with information and resources.
Adoption is a loving and self-less choice that you make for your baby.
If neither parenting nor abortion are options you think could choose, there is a third option – you may want to consider adoption.
Reasons for choosing adoption
Here are some reasons that women who chose adoption gave:
- I’m not ready to be a mother.
- I don’t want to be a mother.
- I can’t afford to raise a child.
- I’m too young to have a baby.
- I’m unable to provide a healthy, safe, and stable environment for my baby.
- I want my baby to have opportunities that I can’t provide.
- I’m in need of financial support during the pregnancy (living expenses, medical bills, clothing, etc.).
- My family is already complete.
- I don’t feel a strong connection to the baby.
- I’m unable to parent a child in my current situation.
- I want my child to be raised by two parents.
- The father of the baby and I don’t have a good relationship and/or I don’t want to be tied to him forever.
- I’m in a relationship with a man who is not this baby’s father.
- My support system is not good.
- I want my baby to have a better upbringing than I had and I want a good life for my baby.
- I don’t want ___________ to know I’m pregnant.
- I’m not ready to put my plans on hold.
- I want to create something positive out of this unplanned pregnancy.
For more about these reasons, visit American Adoptions.
Where and how to begin
An adoption begins with your decision to place your unborn baby legally with another family. Although adoption is a permanent choice, you are still in control during the process and have options. You have an active role in the adoption process and can decide what kind of adoption plan is best for you and your baby.
Four different types of adoption plans
- Open Adoption promotes an ongoing relationship between you, your baby and the adoptive family. This means that both parties exchange identifying information and can have contact with each other through letters, pictures, phone calls, or visits, the extent to which is up to you and the adoptive family. An Open Adoption can provide your child with answers to questions about his background, ethnicity and medical history. In addition to providing answers, it allows your child to have a better understanding about adoption itself and the love it required from both you, his birth mother, and his adoptive parents.
- In a Semi-Open Adoption, you and the adoptive parents meet but don’t exchange any identifying information. You may have ongoing contact with the adoptive parents, but it’s typically less often than in an Open Adoption.
- A Closed Adoption offers total confidentiality and at no time is any identifying information given to you or the adoptive couple about each other. You, as the birth mother, allow an agency to pick the adoptive parents from a list of pre-qualified couples who are approved to legally adopt.
- A Semi-Closed Adoption allows you to look through the “profiles” of couples who are waiting to adopt. You can select the couple whom you believe best matches what you want for your baby. You choose a couple to raise your child, however identifying information is not exchanged between you and the couple and there will not be contact with the adoptive parents afterwards.
Learn more about adoption.
How we can help you
As with all of your pregnancy options, the first step is to confirm your pregnancy, and we can help you with this. All our services are completely confidential and free.
Services for Adoption include:
- Lab-Quality Pregnancy Testing
- Limited Obstetrical Ultrasound provided by a Licensed Medical Professional
- STD/STI Education and Referral for Testing
- Adoption Resources
Contact us today for your initial pregnancy consultation.