If you’ve had an abortion before, but are facing another unplanned pregnancy, you may be struggling with what options are available besides another abortion. The good news is you do have other options that include adoption, parenting, or temporary parenting assistance.
Is Adoption Right for You?
Modern adoption plans provide many choices regarding how you can know and interact with your child, and those adoption choices are made by you. As the birth parent you are empowered to decide between different options like:
- Open Adoption: Many adoptions today are open–meaning that frequent communication occurs between you and the adoptive family which you choose to raise your baby. This means you have the right to reach out and stay in touch via text, calls, and even meeting up, allowing you to stay up-to-date with the child as he or she grows. Depending on your comfort level you may decide to work with the adoptive parents to be a consistent part of the life of the child.
- Closed Adoption: You may also choose a closed adoption. This means that the adoptive family you pick to raise the child will not have any contact with you and your identity will remain anonymous through the adoption process and beyond.
- Semi-Open Adoption: In this option, your interaction with the adoptive family and the child occurs through a third party. This third party allows you to control the type and amount of communication you want to have with the adoptive family–whether that is written communication, phone calls, or in-person meetings that are supervised by adoption professionals.
Is Parenting the Right Choice for You?
If you feel overwhelmed and unprepared to be a parent there’s good news–you’re not alone. Any person, even in the best of circumstances, feels unprepared to parent and raise a child.
You may be wondering if parenting means the end of your dreams, and that you will have to stop your education or professional career. Many resources and assistance exist today to help mothers raise their child while also finishing their education and pursuing their career. With the right help, many women have been empowered to raise their child and continue their life and career.
Are Temporary Options the Right Choice for You?
You may feel that you want to be a parent but are worried that you need more time to prepare. If this is you then that’s ok! There are options today that provide temporary assistance to women–allowing them to keep their child in a safe environment, with a loving family, until they are ready to bring their child home.
An example of this option is an organization called Safe Families. At Safe Families, volunteer families provide short-term care for your child, allowing you to keep your baby in a safe and healthy environment while you deal with difficult or challenging circumstances in your life.
Who Can I Speak With About All My Options?
It’s your body and your pregnancy, so you have the power to choose the best option for your future.
Contact us today to schedule a no-cost, confidential appointment today to discuss all your available options.