Pennsylvanians for Human Life


Considering Adoption?

Adoption may be an option that you are seriously considering. Or you may just be wondering what adoption is like. Or, you may feel that you could never choose adoption. Whatever your thoughts, it is always good to have information about all of your choices before you make a final decision.

Adoption might be a good choice for you and your baby, especially if you don't feel ready to be a parent just now. When you consider making an adoption plan for your child, that doesn't mean you don't love your baby. It also doesn't mean that you are taking the easy way out. What it does mean is that you are thinking about how to best meet needs: yours and your baby's, today and well into the future.

Adoption today may not be what you think. Openness has changed adoption. Today, adoption is not about severing relationships-it's about changing them. While it's true that with adoption, your parental rights and responsibilities are given to another set of parents, that doesn't end your ability to have a relationship with your child. Open adoption involves an ongoing, dynamic relationship between you, the adoptive parents, and your child.

There are different types of openness to meet different needs and levels of comfort. You owe it to yourself and your baby to at least get some information about the options available in adoption, so that whatever you choose, your decision is one that you have thought through and is based on facts.

There is no easy solution to an unplanned pregnancy. Each choice is hard and has its own difficulties. You can empower yourself by getting as much information as you can get about your options. Giving yourself time to consider carefully and weigh each option will help you make the right decision for you and your baby.

For more information, phone
1-800-BETHANY or visit

St. Joseph's Center
Scranton, PA

When a pregnant woman is considering adoption, counselors provide support services to assist in decision making. Counselors assist the birth parents in choosing the adoptive family for their child.

St. Joseph’s gives special attention to childless couples considering adoption. Counseling, education, home studies and support are all part of the adoptive process before a family welcomes its new bundle of joy.

For more information:
Phone 570-963-1261
or e-mail:
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5 Questions Expectant Mothers Ask About Adoption

Is adoption the right choice for you and for your child?

How can you make a plan that will meet your needs and your child's needs?

Bethany Christian Services has put together some questions that can help you as you plan for your and your child's future. This isn't an exhaustive list, but it can get you started in the right direction.

How can adoption be a good choice for my baby and me?

If you're not ready to be a parent, you can still give your baby the gift of life by choosing adoption.

Can I choose the family for my baby?

Yes! Most agencies have many adoptive couples who have been studied and approved. You might also want to choose a friend or someone who has been recommended to you.

How much contact can I have with my baby after the birth and after adoption?

You can spend as much time with your baby at the hospital as you choose. When you are planning your child's adoption, you can choose an open adoption plan that allows ongoing visits, or you can choose a less open adoption that keeps you informed through letters and photos. If you prefer not to have any contact, confidential adoption is also possible.

For more information, phone
1-800-BETHANY or visit
Adoption Facts

The following adoption facts were obtained from the National Council for Adoption. To view the list in its entirety (with sources), visit the NCFA website at

1. Babies, regardless of medical problems, who are "free for adoption," generally do not wait long for families. There are waiting lists of couples who would like to adopt infants with Down Syndrome or Spina Bifida. The A K.I.D.S. Exchange reports that they have over 100 approved families waiting to adopt children with Down Syndrome. There are also a large number of couples who would like to adopt terminally ill babies, including babies with AIDS. ABC-TV's "20/20" reported that they had received over 25,000 self-addressed stamped envelopes from individuals wanting to adopt Romanian orphans. Over 10,000 people contacted NCFA after Parade Magazine's August 2, 1998, cover story on transracial adoption. (NCFA)

2. There are between one and two million infertile and fertile couples and individuals who would like to adopt children. According to a survey by the National Council For Adoption (NCFA) there were 54,492 unrelated adoptions (adoptions by people not related to the child adopted) of American children in 1996.

National Council For Adoption (NCFA). You can

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Life Issues
November is National Adoption Month
It's a well-known alternative to abortion, but much less often used. Every year approximately 1.3 million single women become unexpectedly pregnant. Sadly, less than two percent choose the loving option of adoption, while two million couples eagerly wait to adopt children.

In part, that's why November is National Adoption Month. It is our opportunity to spotlight adoption as a positive alternative to abortion. It's a time to stress the many blessings of adoption for both the biological mother and adoptive family. To read more visit: Life Issues

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