I’ve Already Had an Abortion and Don’t Want Another One. What are My Options?
If you’ve had an abortion before and are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you may be wondering about what other options are available to you.
There are indeed options that range from adoption to parenting to temporary assistance. Read on for more information about these different options.
Adoption in the United States has changed significantly over the last several years. As a result of this, you, as the birth mother, have many rights as well as options regarding what type of adoption you want and what it should look like.
The types of adoption available to you are:
- Open adoption: You can choose the family you want to adopt your baby and decide if you want to keep in contact with them. You can also choose how involved you want to be in the baby's life.
- Semi-open adoption: You can still have contact with the family and baby, but a professional adoption agency will help manage communication and keep your identifying information confidential.
- Closed adoption: You won't have contact with the baby, and the identities of all parties are kept confidential. The court keeps adoption records sealed.
If you feel scared about becoming a parent, you're not alone. Whether a pregnancy is planned or unplanned, no one ever feels completely ready to be a parent.
Additionally, even if your partner isn’t planning to parent, it doesn't mean you won’t have help.
Not only are there many resources and programs to help you through your pregnancy and the birth of your child, but you also have opportunities for assistance that will help you continue to pursue your goals—-whether it’s finishing school or developing your career.
These programs and resources are available in your community and are designed to empower you to succeed as a parent and in your career.
3. Temporary Assistance
You may feel like you are called to parent but need some extra time before you are ready or are currently in a difficult circumstance. The good news is that’s ok! There are programs today, such as Safe Families, that allow you to temporarily keep your baby in a safe and loving environment with a volunteer family until you can safely bring your baby home.
Who Can I Talk to About My Options?
We understand that deciding how to handle an unplanned pregnancy is an important decision that will have an impact on the rest of your life.
The staff at Hope Clinic for Women is ready to talk with you about all your options, answer all your questions, and give you the information you need to make the best decision for your future.
Contact us today to schedule your free and confidential appointment.