Explore Your Options
You have the legal right to choose the outcome of your pregnancy. But real empowerment comes when you find the resources and inner strength necessary to make your best choice. Here are some other options.
Choosing to continue your pregnancy and to parent is very challenging. But with the support of caring people, parenting classes and other resources, many women find the help they need to make this choice.
Adoption: You may decide to place your child for adoption. Each year over 50,000 women in America make this choice. This loving decision is often made by women who first thought abortion was their only way out.
Help is Available
Facing an unexpected pregnancy can seem overwhelming. That is why knowing where to go for help is important. Talk to someone you can trust – your partner, your parents, a pastor or priest or perhaps a good friend. Also, the caring people at your pregnancy center are available to help you through this time.
Three types of adoption:
In an Open Adoption*, you can meet and get to know the family who will be adopting your child while you are still pregnant. You will make a plan together, and it is possible to arrange for letters, phone calls and even face-to-face visits. As your child grows, you can continue to stay in touch and be a regular part of his or her life, if you choose.
In a Semi-Open Adoption*, you can choose the adoptive parents from a profile, most often provided to you by an adoption agency. These profiles often contain pictures, references, and a personal note from the couple to help you choose a family. Any letters or contact between you and your child would take place through your relationship with the adoption agency.
In a Closed Adoption*, you will not meet or have contact with the adoptive parents. This option is preferable if you are concerned with your privacy.
(*Information obtained from www.optionline.org/options/adoption-overview)