No one has a roadmap for an unexpected pregnancy. You are not alone. Choosing adoption when experiencing an unexpected pregnancy could help to avoid the depression that can accompany abortion.
Here are the facts so you can make an informed decision.
The Reality of Abortion
Research shows that abortion may increase a woman’s chances of developing mental health struggles. After an abortion, it isn’t uncommon for women to develop the following:
- Substance use disorder
- Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
The Hope of Adoption
We want to be clear: adoption is not exempt from hardship, but it often doesn’t come with the same type of mental struggles that come with abortion.
Adoption can come with sadness and grief but also with hope, knowing you are placing your child with a family that can give them many opportunities and a hopeful future. You will always be a birth mother, and adoption is a selfless act of love.
Three Types of Adoption
1. Open Adoption
Open adoption consists of open communication between you, the adoptive family, and the child.
You will be able to directly communicate with the adoptive family and build a relationship with your child. This could include visitation, emails, phone or video calls, and other forms of communication.
2. Closed Adoption
Closed adoption is best for those with safety concerns or hard life circumstances not allowing for a child.
This type of adoption does not allow for any communication between you and the adoptive family. Contact information will not be shared between you and the adoptive family.
3. Semi-Open Adoption
This adoption type is a mix of open and closed adoption.
All communication is done through a third party, such as an adoption agency or attorney. Names and contact information are not shared between you and the adoptive parents. The adoptive family can send updates about the child to you through a third party.
We Can Help
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and are considering adoption, we can support you and help you confirm your pregnancy details as well.
We can answer questions about adoption and connect you with an adoption agency free of charge. Contact us today!