If you’ve previously had an abortion and are considering different choices for your current pregnancy, there are two main alternatives: parenting and adoption.
Both of these options involve carrying the pregnancy to term, but both choices are significant and offer the potential to create a positive future.
Consider whether you feel prepared with the necessary parenting skills. Parenting classes and reading materials can be beneficial resources for learning and preparation.
Evaluate the support you have from family, friends, or your partner. A strong support network can be invaluable for emotional support and practical help.
The idea of being a parent may seem overwhelming, but parenthood is a continuous learning journey. You grow along with your child, acquiring new skills and knowledge. This process of learning can be incredibly fulfilling.
Many community resources are available to assist you in your parenting journey. These include access to material support, educational parenting classes, and supportive groups, all designed to provide the help you need if you choose to take on the role of a parent.
HopePlace can help you find these places.
Thinking About Adoption
If you feel you are not ready to parent, adoption can be a deeply rewarding experience as you selflessly give the gift of life to another family.
Adoption can be difficult, but you can play an active role. You can choose the family, what information you want to disclose, and varying levels of contact and communication with the child and the adoptive family.
Different types of adoption exist, such as open, semi-open, or closed. Open adoptions allow direct contact with the adoptive family and the child. Semi-open allows for contact through a third party, usually the adoption agency or a lawyer. Finally, you could opt for a closed adoption to seal the records and not have contact.
Discuss Your Options
You don’t have to make this decision alone. Whether you choose parenting or adoption, our client advocates at HopePlace are prepared to answer your questions, point out resources, and guide you through this journey.
Discuss all your options by contacting us today. All appointments are free and confidential.