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Is Adoption Right For me? Resources for Pregnant Women

Updated on July 22, 2015

What To Do If You Think You're Pregnant?

Once you have a positive home pregnancy test, it is important to follow these first steps:

  1. Make an appointment with your doctor to confirm the pregnancy.
  2. Discontinue any use of drugs, alcohol or tobacco to keep you and your unborn child safe.
  3. Share the news of your pregnancy with a few family members or friends so you can receive support and help you come to a decision about what’s best for you.
  4. The next step is to do some research and review your options.

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What Are Your Options?

If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you may be going through a difficult and challenging time as you make decisions for your future and the future of your unborn baby. The range of emotions you are feeling are completely normal. We want you to know that you have options to choose from when facing a surprise pregnancy.

Researching your options is the first step to understanding what is right for you and your baby. As you gather research, you are probably considering parenting, adoption or abortion. It is important that you take the time to learn about each choice so you can make the best decision for your family. We would like to take the time to guide you through the adoption option.


The Adoption Option

Adoption is a beautiful and selfless way for you to give a child a meaningful life when you yourself are not ready to become a parent. Adoption is a choice you have to be ready to make and no one should pressure you into this option.

Adoption has evolved in our modern world into an accepting and admirable alternative to parenting. Take the time to consider how adoption would impact your life and the life of your child. There are many aspects to consider when choosing the best option:

Financial Capability

Parenting Commitment

Family Support

Home Environment

Day Care

Your Goals & Aspirations

Your Child’s Future

All of these factors are important and will greatly influence you and your child’s life, no matter which option you choose. You are the only one that knows what’s right for you.

The best type of adoption is an open adoption plan, greatly benefiting every party involved.

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Types of Adoption

There are three types of adoption, open, closed, and semi-open adoption.

Open Adoption

Open adoption means that you choose to have a relationship with the adoptive family that you have selected to parent your child. You and the adoptive family can get to know each other personally and work together to plan visits and receive updates on the child periodically. Both, you and the adoptive family, build a relationship based on mutual respect and understanding that will help guide you through your open adoption plan. Open adoption is the most common type of adoption within the U.S. and is proven to be the most beneficial to all three parties, the birthmother, the adoptive parents, and the child.

Closed Adoption

Closed adoption means that you and the adoptive family do not wish to get to know each other or stay in touch once the child is placed. Both parties information would remain confidential during and after the pregnancy.

Semi-Open Adoption

Semi-open adoptions are a combination of both open and closed adoption. You and the adoptive parents will learn basic information about one another, but contact would be limited to an initial meeting or phone call and if agreed upon, sharing letters and pictures as the child grows, which would be facilitated by a third party organization.


How do I know adoption is right for me?

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Pregnancy Resources

1. Planned Parenthood can offer you medical and prenatal care throughout your pregnancy.

2. Women, Infants and Children (WIC) can help you with food and healthcare referrals as your child grows.

3. Medicaid is another financial resource you can use if you are struggling with providing food and healthcare for yourself and your child.

4. Single Mother Resources offers educational information, grants, and scholarships for single mothers.

5. Child Care Aware can offer federal childcare assistance and grants to support you and your child.

6. The Office of Child Support Enforcement can help you obtain child support from the birth father.

7. The Food Stamps Program can help you purchase healthy and nutritional food for you and your family.


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