Your Pregnancy OptionsEveryone reacts differently to the pink line on the pregnancy test. Your first thought might have been, “I need to find a family to adopt my baby” — or it might have been, “I can’t continue this pregnancy.” No matter what your initial reaction, you have the right to accurate, unbiased information about all of your pregnancy options. Note: If you choose to continue your pregnancy, it will be important for you to receive prenatal care. Learn more about where you can get it.
- ParentingMost parents agree that raising children is one of the most difficult – and rewarding – things they have ever done. Choosing to parent is a serious commitment, as it means that you will be responsible for your child’s physical and emotional well-being and for taking care of their daily needs. There are many different questions to consider, such as how parenting may or may not change your plans for the future, how it will affect your other children (if you have them), and who will help you if you need financial, emotional, or childcare support. You might also want to look into some of the programs listed below to learn about supportive programs for which you may be eligible. WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) Provides nutritious food, breast feeding support, counseling, and health care referrals to women during and after pregnancy. TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) Provides cash assistance and supportive services to assist families with children under age 18, helping them achieve economic self-sufficiency.
- Kinship (Family) Placement“Kinship placement” or “kinship care” means placing your child with a relative who will care for them and, if it is a permanent arrangement, raise them. We are happy to help you explore the option of placing your child permanently or temporarily with a relative. This is a common type of adoption for teen pregnancy.
- AdoptionAdoption makes it possible for your child to have all of his or her needs met by parents that you pick if you decide it is the right choice for you and your child. Most adoptions today are open, meaning that the birth parent(s) and adoptive family continue to have contact with one another after the baby has been placed. We can help you find a family for your newborn child and create a plan that feels right and works for you. If you have questions about what choosing adoption might be like, we can provide a counselor to help you explore your options and to talk to you about the ins and outs of adoption, from how to get started to types of birth mother financial assistance.Speak to a Counselor
Adoption WebsitesBirth Mom Buds Peer counseling, support, encouragement, and friendship for birth moms and pregnant women considering adoption. Birth Mother Baskets A safe and positive space for birth moms to receive support and encouragement.
Adoption BooksThe Third Choice: A Woman’s Guide to Placing a Child for Adoption, Second Edition A guidebook for birthmothers as they navigate pregnancy, birth, the relinquishment process, and the grief and recovery period afterward. Written by two adoption counselors. Saying Goodbye to a Baby: The Birthparent’s Guide to Loss & Grief in Adoption Written by a social worker who is also a birth mother, this book recognizes the right and the need of birth parents to grieve. A wonderful resource for birth mothers during the emotional decision making, birth, and recovery processes. The Open Adoption Experience Guides birth families and adoptive families through all stages of the open adoption relationship. Making Room in Our Hearts: Keeping Family Ties through Open Adoption Helpful for birth parents and adoptive parents in addressing fears and concerns about open adoption, with an emphasis on putting the child’s needs first. The Book of Answers from your Birth Mother: A guided journal for Birth Mothers A guided journal to help birth mothers share their life story with their child. Gives birth moms the opportunity to answer, in their own voice, many of the questions that their child may have for them one day.</div
- AbortionAbortion is a safe and legal medical procedure. If you do not want to continue your pregnancy and need more information about access to abortion care, click on either of the links below to learn more about whether it is the right option for you, how to find a provider, and how to pay for the procedure. National Abortion Federation Unbiased information about abortion care as well as referrals and financial assistance. Planned Parenthood Delivers high-quality, affordable reproductive health care to millions of people worldwide.