Alternatives to Abortion
Adoption Agency in Philadelphia – 888.558.6561
Motherhood is an understandably daunting prospect. For many pregnant women,
the thought of becoming a mother and the responsibilities of raising a
child are many times, impossible, especially for women who became
pregnant unexpectedly. Although, abortion may be a choice for some who face and unplanned, unintended
pregnancy, for others it is not a consideration due to religious convictions.
If you have found yourself in a similar situation, we hope you feel no
shame or embarrassment in your uneasiness – every pregnant mother
gets scared of the future! We also want you to know that
there are alternatives to abortion. At Adoption ARC in Philadelphia, our friendly, compassionate, and supportive
team would be happy to discuss abortion alternatives with you. We have
been there for pregnant women in need for more than 23 years and can hopefully
find the answers you are seeking without putting any more stress or worries
on your shoulders.
Dial 888.558.6561 or 1.800.884.4004 at
any day to connect with our adoption counselors.
What Alternatives to Abortion are There?
If you have decided that abortion is not a process that is right for you,
but you also are confident you are not ready for motherhood, you have
found yourself in the middle of difficult situation. Our Philadelphia
adoption agents can be your guide and support. By getting to know the
pregnant mothers that come to our office and really gaining an understanding
of what their individual needs and desires are, we believe we can find
an abortion alternative such as adoption that will give them peace of
mind. Each birth mother /family creates the type of adoption with levels
of openness that are right for her/ them and her/their child and the adoptive parents.
Three primary alternatives to abortion are:
Birth Mother/ Birth Parent counseling services: Being a parent or mother is not simply manifest by parenting a child.
Sometimes, you may come to the determination that being the best parent
you can be includes placing your baby for adoption to give him or her
the kind of safety, love and stability you want for him or her.
- If you are considering abortion because you do not think you could handle
the difficulties of being a mother, and feel that adoption is not the
right choice for you, there are many support groups and counseling services
you can freely attend to learn all about what it takes to be a mother.
Some even offer free supplies, like diapers, formula and bottles, cribs,
and more. With the care and encouragement of these groups, you may feel
that that you are able to be a parent. It is necessary to explore that
option if you have not already.
Safe Havens: Some pregnant woman know absolutely that they cannot become mothers due
personal and varying circumstances and they are not interested in being
involved in the placement process. Finding a Safe Haven could be best
for mothers in this sort of situation but keep in mind that your child
will most likely be placed in the county welfare agency custody in a foster
home. Pennsylvania Safe Haven Law allows a mother to leave her baby (that
is less than 28 days old) at designated Safe Haven locations, usually
within hospitals. The service is completely anonymous and no questions
will be asked of the mother. In fact, a mother can have someone else bring
the baby to the Safe Haven if it is her wish. Visit
http://safehaven.tv/ for more information. Remember that this process is very impersonal and
you could, in fact, be not dong the best for your child by not providing
needed medical and personal history.
Adoption: When parenting a child is not an option and you are not comfortable with
using a Safe Haven and you wish to be proactively part of the placement
process and would like some updates about your child or contact with your
child as he or she grows – or you cannot due to Pennsylvania Safe
Haven law limitations – you can consider putting your child up for
adoption. The correct language that is used now is
placing a child for adoption because you are not giving up anybody but rather making a proactive, loving
thoughtful plan for your baby. Through adoption, you surrender your rights
of parentage to a licensed agency, who will, in turn place your baby into
a permanent adoptive home with the loving family that you choose. Adoption
is often regarded as the best alternative to abortion for many who have
religious or moral convictions against abortion, if parenting is not an
option, as it can allow you to safely give your child life, while deciding
the best option for his or her welfare and still remaining connected to
him or her.
At Adoption ARC in Philadelphia, we believe there are innumerable benefits
to adoption but also understand that it is crucial that other adoption
alternatives are fully explored. If you have questions or concerns about
any of these– or if you want to know about more specific alternatives
to abortion – please feel to
contact us at your first opportunity. After twenty three years, we have the experience
and compassion to assist you in finding the right option for your baby
in a judgment-free zone.