Adoption isn't about giving up on your baby but about ensuring your baby is provided for and taken care of when you can't do it yourself.
You have lots of choices with adoption. You can choose the adoptive parents, know your child and in some cases even be a part of your child's life. You can have peace knowing your child is loved and cared for.
There are three main types of adoption:
Open Adoption: you can have an open relationship with the adoptive parents. You may be able to exchange phone numbers and have ongoing communication beyond placement.
Semi-Open Adoption: you may know who the parents are or what city your child lives in, but full identifying information isn't shared. In some cases, you may be able to receive letters or updates of your child, through the agency you choose to work with.
Closed Adoption: you and the adoptive parents will remain anonymous to each other. The adoption agency will pick a family based on your desires.
If you're considering adoption, we can help you explore and understand this option. We have resources and referrals to adoption agencies, but will walk beside you as you process this decision.
We are not an adoption agency so we have no financial interest in your decision.
Each option has its own set of risks, complications and long-term impacts. We're here to provide you with information so you can weigh your options and make an informed decision.
Remember, you have time; you don't have to make a decision right away.
Here's a story shared by family member of a former client:
"My sister provided my nephew with the best thing he could have... a home with stable, loving parents. It wasn't that my sister didn't love him, it was BECAUSE she loved him that she found a loving, stable family for him. When she found herself pregnant, she was struggling financially and already had a one-year-old to care for. It was one of the best things she could do for her baby, but also one of the hardest. She still struggles from time to time about her choice, but at the end of the day, she knows it was what she had to do. I know my family still thinks of him on his birthday, wondering what he looks like... things he's learning in school... or just his general interests. I'm just so thankful my sister was able to ensure her baby was cared for. I'm thankful that the pregnancy center was there to help her during that transition time."