Making the Tough Decision: Considering Adoption


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If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy in Indiana, one of the first questions you may have is “What should I do?” It can be a frightening experience, especially if you are alone and unsure how to tell your family or friends. But whatever decision you make, Adoption of Indiana (AOI) is here to support you every step of the way. We offer unbiased information and guidance to help you make the best choice for yourself and your baby. Here are some important things to consider as you explore your unplanned pregnancy options in Indiana.

What Are My Pregnancy Options in Indiana?

Expectant mothers in Indiana have the following options when it comes to unplanned pregnancy:

  • Abortion
  • Adoption
  • Parenting

Abortion in Indiana

Abortion, unlike adoption or parenthood, is frequently one of the first decisions most pregnant women make. If you are considering an abortion, you should talk to your doctor first, and they will answer any questions you have about the procedure. Indiana’s abortion laws have long been called into question and changed. The longer you wait, the more complicated abortion becomes, so learn about it as soon as possible.

Parenting in Indiana

When you discovered you were pregnant, you may have questioned, “Should I keep the baby?” Because being a parent isn’t as simple as some might think, it’s best to consider all aspects of raising a child, including the costs and time required, before deciding. The following questions will stand as a guide for you in considering parenting your baby:

  • Will you raise your child alone, or would the father be involved?

Is it possible that you are in a situation where the birth father is uninvolved or unsupportive? You must decide whether to raise your child as a single mother or to place your child for adoption. 

  • What does your support system look like?

It is important to consider other people in your life who may be willing to help you parent the child. Family and friends can be a great resource if they are able and willing to help you parent.

  • What community resources are available to you?

If you decide to parent, there are many local resources within communities that can help support your parenting plan. Understanding what is available to you and your child will help provide resources and support to you.

Adoption in Indiana

If you’re pregnant and thinking about adoption but aren’t sure where to start, know that your decision comes from a place of love and a desire to provide the best life possible for your child.

AOI promotes unbiased adoption counseling to assist expectant mothers in Indiana who wish to place their child for adoption due to an unexpected pregnancy. We will not obligate you to choose adoption; we will simply support what you think is best for yourself and your child. It’s natural to be hesitant about adoption, especially if it’s new to you. If you’re still confused about these pregnancy options, here are a few answers to help clear things up.

  • Will I be able to see my child after the adoption?

One of the most beautiful aspects of adoption is watching your child grow alongside the adoptive family. Most birth mothers choose open adoption because it allows them to be involved in their child’s life through emails, photos, personal visits, and phone calls.

  • What is the cost of adoption?

Choosing adoption comes at no cost.

  • Do I Parent My Baby or Choose Adoption?

Both parenting your child and placing your child for adoption are difficult decisions. This decision is made based on how you want to live your life and the life you want for your child. Because of adoption, many birth mothers can work without pressure or complete their education. When you place your child for adoption, you open up the possibility of new opportunities for them. 

If you don’t know what to do or how to proceed with an adoption, contact Adoption of Indiana for free support. You’ll be glad you did, as adoption professionals will be available to assist you and help you make the best decision.

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