Adoption Agency California 866-222-9284

Mothers with an unplanned pregnancy are faced with stress, grief, loss and possibly denial; they sometimes are not thinking clearly enough to determine what is their best option when it comes to continuing their pregnancy, parenting or placing the child for adoption.

Unless carrying this child gravely endangers your life, abortion should not be an option, because there are other choices you can make.

Consider parenting the child yourself. Only you know if you are ready emotionally, physically and financially to parent a child. You don’t have to be rich to parent a child in America today, but you need some sort of stability to be able to offer the child its best chance to grow and prosper. Your family should be the first place you turn if you have decided that marriage to the father is not an option. Many families are capable and willing to find family members willing to parent your child. Give them a chance but keep in mind the long-term interests of the child. If you are going to choose this option, know and understand that cooperation between family members must be discussed up front and the legal status of the child needs to be carefully considered.

Reach out to the father of this child; he or his family may be willing and able to parent it. If this is an option that seems possible in your situation, then, just like in your kinship placement, there are many things to consider. Who will be responsible for the parenting of and financial support of the child? Will your involvement as the child’s mother be welcomed by the family? Be sure to protect the child and its legal status through clear designation of a guardian for the child. If this is an option that you want to consider, again it will entail cooperation between you, your family, him and his family members. Be sure to discuss up front and get in writing the ways in which you and your family will be involved with the child.

Consider placing your child in temporary foster care. This may be an option in your situation if you are in a position to be able to parent and support your child, but just not right now. Many temporary foster care agencies are dedicated to helping you through parenting classes and other government resources. This may be an option for you if you feel that in a short period of time, you will be able to create safety and stability for yourself and your child. It is not a long-term solution however. Call Forever After Adoptions @ 866-222-9284