The decision to parent or place your baby is often times a very difficult decision.  There are pros and cons to each option.  The decision to parent or place your child will not look black and white to you.  We will encourage you to explore both options thoroughly before making a decision.  Many women find it helpful to list their reasons for parenting their baby and their reasons for placing their baby.  You may find it helpful to talk to one of our pregnancy counselors when making this decision.   Our pregnancy counselors will help you see all sides of each option, and point out possibilities that you may not be aware of.  Whether you choose to place your child or parent your child, it is a decision that should be made with great care.

Our pregnancy counselors can share profiles of wonderful families who can provide a loving and stable home for your baby.  All prospective adoptive parents are screened for qualifications and ability to raise a child. If you place your child for adoption, you won’t have to worry about the adoptive family taking care of your baby.  They will love your baby and give him or her unlimited love and affection.   The adoptive family will give your baby a forever family.

Once you have made the decision to place your baby with a family, we can also help you access Medicaid or other kinds of medical insurance.  You will have medical care during your pregnancy, during the delivery of your child, and after giving birth.   And, once you choose a family we can also help you with things like food, clothing, and other necessities needed during your pregnancy.

Yes, there are families who will happily and willingly adopt a baby with a disability or a special need.   These families are screened and have the skills necessary to care for children with a disability.

Of course!  We have many families who are willing to adopt a child who has been exposed to these substances.  However, it is very important that you are honest with us so we can find a family that is prepared and wants to adopt a baby who has been exposed to these substances.  You will not be in any trouble for being honest with us about what things have happened during your pregnancy.

Absolutely!  There are many adoptive families who would be thrilled to adopt an older baby or toddler.  You can call us no matter how old your child is and we will work to find a loving home for your child.

Sometimes the birth mother wants an on-going, open communication with the adoptive family. Although this type of openness is rare, there are some adoptive families who will be acceptable to this option. More often, birth mothers want to have limited contact with adoptive families. If this is the case, the adoptive family will send pictures and updates of your baby as he or she grows up. And, if agreed upon by both you and the adoptive families, WIA can help plan a meeting between you and the adoptive family from time to time. Most adoptions are semi-open adoptions, which seem to work well for both you as the birth mother and the adopting family.

Once in a while birth mothers may decide to place the baby and then allow the adoptive family to raise your child without any further contact. The decision to have a completely open adoption (rare), contact with the adoptive family and pictures of your baby from time to time or to have a closed adoption with no contact is completely up to you as the birth mother of the baby being placed.

There are many things to consider when thinking about placing your baby. Our counselors are here to help you. If you want to talk, please give us a call – we are here 24/7 and can counsel with you at any time.

If you are pregnant and need help, call us at 801-334-8683 or email us at [email protected]
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