You have just found out you are pregnant & more than likely you are shocked, scared, in disbelief, worried & many other emotions. This is normal & it is okay to be unsure about what you want to do. With any unplanned pregnancy there is a lot to think about in order to make the best plan for you & your baby.
We can help you as you sort through your emotions & try to determine what the best plan is for you & your baby.
Parenting: For most women, this means single parenting without the baby’s father.
Adoption: Parenting by choosing a family who can care for your child.
Abortion: Choosing to terminate the pregnancy
Children Who Grew Up in Fatherless Homes
- 90% of homelessness or runaway children
- 71% of pregnant teens
- 63% of youth suicides
- 70% of teens in state institutions
- 80% of all prisoners in US prisons
- Twice as likely to drop out of school
- Four times more likely to need help with behavior
- Nearly 8 out of 10 teen moms go on welfare by the child’s 5th birthday
- Over 50% of children raised by a teen are referred to social services agencies
Women Who Choose Adoption
- Have fewer subsequent (future) unplanned pregnancies
- Are more likely to graduate from high school and college
- Are less likely to receive government assistance
- Are making a parenting plan
Truths About Parenting
- You may have to parent before you are ready or want to
- You will have the full responsibility of parenting your child
- You may have to look to your extended family for support
- You may have to put your education and/or career goals on hold
- You may be involved in a long-term relationship with the baby’s father through visitation, child support or joint custody.
Similarities Between Parenting and Adoption
- You will have the joy of knowing you chose life for your child
- You will have time to plan yours and your baby’s future
- You can name, hold and love your baby
- You can know how your child is growing and developing
Similarities Between Adoption and Abortion
- You will not have to parent before you are ready
- You will be free from the full-time responsibility of parenting your child
- You can live independently and not have to rely on family support
- You can continue with your education or career goals
- You will be able to choose if you want a long-term relationship with the baby’s father