Determining what to do about your unplanned pregnancy is hard. There isn’t a simple solution. Most women think their only pregnancy choices are abortion or parenting, but there is a third option. Have you considered adoption?

What Is Adoption?

Adoption is the legal process of transferring parental rights from a child’s birth family to an adoptive family. It isn’t co-parenting. Once your child is placed with an adoptive family, they are responsible for caring for and raising your child. 

Why Would I Choose Adoption?

Misunderstandings and myths have clouded the adoption experience. Both birth parents and adoptive parents make sacrifices. It’s a difficult decision, but there are reasons to select this option. Consider these:

  1. You feel you are too young or too immature to parent a child.
  2. Currently, you’re in an unstable relationship that wouldn’t be healthy for a child.
  3. The physical, emotional, and financial support you would need is not available.
  4. Your career or education is at a point where it would be difficult to continue while parenting.
  5. You would like to get to know your child without the day-to-day responsibilities.

How Do I Make An Adoption Plan?

If you are reading this, you have already taken the first step. You’re doing your research, asking questions, and considering your options. You want to be empowered to make a confident choice for you and your child.

Making an adoption plan requires a great deal of trust. We will be happy to make referrals to adoption agencies we are familiar with. Take your time and Interview them. In turn, they will want to hear your story. 

No reputable agency or adoption coordinator should ever ask you to pay for their services. The entire process should be free for you. In some circumstances, you can also receive living and medical expenses to help you.

Choosing The Right Plan For You

When everything’s been out of control lately, it’s nice to have control over this process. No plan is better than another. As the birth mother, you make the adoption plan that’s right for you. No matter what, you will always be a part of your child’s life story.  

Open Adoption Plan

If you would like to have ongoing contact with the adoptive family and your child, you would make an open adoption plan. Open means you and the adoptive family exchange personal information like full names, addresses, emails, and even phone numbers. You would have direct contact with them. Together, you would arrange meetings and communicate regularly. 

Semi-Open Adoption Plan

With a semi-open adoption, you would have contact, but it would be through a third party such as the adoption agency or a lawyer. You would still receive information about your child, but your opportunities to communicate or visit would be arranged through someone else. 

If you choose an open or semi-open plan, you select the adoptive family. Your adoption coordinator would show you the bios of couples that closely resemble who you’re looking for to raise your child.

Closed Adoption Plan

Some women prefer to remain completely anonymous. They feel the best way to move on with their lives is to have no contact at all. A closed adoption plan means the agency or lawyer you choose would select a family according to your criteria, but you would not know their name or location. In turn, they would not know yours. 

How We Can Help You

Our Center can provide you with medical consultation and other confidential services, all at no charge, while you navigate through your pregnancy options. We’ll refer you to reputable adoption agencies and meet with you on a regular basis. 

Contact us today.