Questions

How do I tell my Parents I'm pregnant?

There are times when your parents may not be the easiest people in the world to talk with. It can be even worse if the subject of the conversation is something that you know will be upsetting.

The important thing to remember is that if you are a pregnant teen, your mom or dad may be the people who are in the best position to help you handle your problem and make responsible decisions.

If you choose to have your parents involved, they may also call our toll-free hotline at
1-800-923-6784 to speak with a caring professional who understands your feelings and can offer assistance.

Remember, your parents will likely be pretty upset by this news. All parents want their children to be successful and happy, and having a child at a young age can make achieving your dreams more difficult. This will be at the root of their anger, but hang in there because that same love that is spurring that anger will win out and they will very likely want to stand by you through this difficult time in your life.

What will I do with a baby?

It must be understood that if a young mother decides to live with her parents and keep her baby, it is very important that all parties involved including grandparents know that the responsibility and care for that child lives with the mother. Things could end up very messy later on if a line is not drawn.

If adoption is something you are considering, ask your parents for their full support in this decision. After thinking the situation through, they will most likely be very supportive in whatever decision you have made.

Remember, your parents will likely be pretty upset by this news. All parents want their children to be successful and happy, and having a child at a young age can make achieving your dreams more difficult. This will be at the root of their anger, but hang in there because that same love that is spurring that anger will win out and they will very likely want to stand by you through this difficult time in your life.

What can I do if my parents kick me out after finding out I’m pregnant?

Remember to give your parents some time to absorb all this. Keep in mind that your parents may not have even known that you were sexually active. Are you asking them to absorb and accept that their young daughter has been having intercourse and is pregnant, all at once?

It’s very likely that their first reaction will reflect the anger and shock, but with time, they will come to the understanding that this is something they need to help and support you through, something that cannot be changed at this time. You need to remember to give them time and space to make that realization.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can continue to achieve your dreams while still making the best decision for your child, consider adoption. You can pursue your future, even college with an educational scholarship, and even get the help you need to get on your feet with a fresh start! Visit LifetimeFoundation.org for more information. Learn more by calling the Pregnancy Option Hotline 24 Hours a Day
at 1-800-923-6784.

Why do women choose adoption?

Many women have shared that they chose adoption out of love for their child. They also recognize that they are not ready to be the kind of parent they need to be right now in their life. For others, there are situations in their life that would stop them from parenting their child.

What if my boyfriend wants me to get an abortion?

Nobody can make you do what you don’t want to. So if he tells you to get an abortion, first off, know you don’t have to. Second, sit down with him when he’s in a calmer mood and talk with him about your options. Don’t think you’re alone; be strong! To find our more about other pregnancy options, call the Pregnancy Option Hotline at
1-800-923-6784. This hotline is open 24/7.

I’m thinking about adoption… how do I know the adoptive parents I choose are good people? What if my baby grows up thinking I don’t love him?

In open adoption today, you, as the birth parents, are treated with dignity and respect. Through the adoption process, you will be choosing the adoptive parents who you feel will make the best possible parents for your children. All adoptive families need to pass what is called a “home study” in order to be able to adopt. A home study typically includes: a background check, medical and financial evaluations, FBI screening, and a home inspection. In addition, open adoption includes future contact after you place your baby, including letters, photos, and visits.

By speaking with an adoption counselor, you can get exactly the support that you need to best face this situation. An adoption counselor will speak with you, listen to you, and do their best to help you to see how a situation with a rough start could turn into a blessing for you, your child, and possibly a new loving adoptive family. You can contact nationwide adoption center Lifetime Adoption to start an adoption plan for your baby: their number is 1-800-923-6784

If you decide to choose adoption, an adoption counselor will let you know how you can receive free prenatal care, and additional financial support to cover pregnancy related expenses throughout the process. The adoption counselor will also discuss the different types of adoption, including the option of open adoption, which would allow your child to know and/or contact you and your baby’s father. Help is here and willing to counsel you through your decision.

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