Pregnant, Homeless, and Adoption
A million thoughts run through a woman’s head when she finds out she has an unplanned pregnancy. Often you feel scared, confused, overwhelmed, and emotional. Having low-income instability or dealing with homelessness adds even more fear to an already complicated situation. Homeless teenagers and adult women should not have to face this challenge alone. Local adoption agencies like Adoption Choices of Arizona are here to offer support and give you options that you feel comfortable making throughout this journey.
What are My Unplanned Pregnancy Options?
- Parent Your Child
If keeping your baby feels like the best option for you, you have every right to prepare for parenting. First, check out our website under the “I’m Pregnant” tab, followed by the “Unplanned pregnancy help” column. This will give you information and support ranging from your emotions and well-being, mental health support and counseling, and a section that goes over all of your pregnancy options in more detail. You’ll see that there are various things to consider when deciding how to take control of your pregnancy. Considerations such as your financial situation, living environment, mental stability, resources, and commitment. While these are all crucial aspects for any mother-to-be to consider, dealing with homelessness adds a whole new component. Wanting to be a suitable mother vs. knowing if you can be a suitable mother can be a difficult topic to determine. Still, it should be taken into serious consideration before making your final decision.
- Pregnancy Termination
Choosing to end a pregnancy is completely up to the mother themselves. It can be an extremely hard choice for some, but if it is what you decide is ultimately best for you, you should have access to and resources to be able to end the pregnancy safely even if you are facing homelessness. This option can require further research beyond the mother’s decision, such as finding out if your state legalizes the termination of your pregnancy or if the state you’re in requires a wait time or counseling. You can also contact a professional on our website that can give you resources. Never try to terminate a pregnancy by yourself, as this can cause injury or a medical emergency.
Adoption in Arizona is an option for every woman, even if you’re homeless. If you decide that you are not in a place to take care of a baby by yourself, but you do not feel that ending your pregnancy is an option, you can always choose adoption. Giving your baby for adoption is a way to ensure that your baby can have an opportunity to be placed with a family that can properly care for them. You can then decide if you want an open or closed adoption. Open adoption will allow you to have a relationship with your child still and keep in contact with them.
On the other hand, if you choose a closed adoption, you can give your baby up without the family having any contact or information towards you. This can be a reassuring alternative as you are still given to be a part of your baby’s life if that is what you would like, but they can be provided love, care, shelter, food, education, and proper resources to ensure they grow up having a quality of life. Our website offers many ways of assistance through this process, including the steps to contacting the right adoption agency for you, details into deciding between an open or closed adoption, financial assistance, counseling, and how to choose the right adoptive family. Call or email a representative at Adoption Choices of Arizona to get in touch with a professional who can guide you each step of the way.
How Our Adoption Agencies in Arizona can Help You
Whichever option you decide to choose for you and your baby, getting support through any process can make your unplanned pregnancy less scary and help you feel more in control of the situation. Homelessness is an incredible hardship for anyone to have to go through, and an unplanned pregnancy can make you feel even more lost and helpless. Remember, you are certainly not alone, and there are numerous resources, our team at Adoption Choices of Arizona is ready to offer help in any way you need.
For adoption resources or to begin your adoption journey, birth parents can visit us at Adoption Choices of Arizona or call or text us at 1-480-900-5520. If you are a prospective adoptive family hoping to adopt a baby, please instead, visit us here!
Meet the Author: Allie Nowak is in her senior year of undergrad at Illinois State University studying public relations, with a minor in health & wellness coaching. She is extremely passionate about writing, digital content creating, and all things related to lifestyle & wellness. In her free time, she enjoys serving as editor-in-chief and publishing articles for her university’s chapter of Her Campus, the nation’s largest media platform for college women. You can also find her spending time with friends and family, traveling, reading, and walking her two golden doodles. She currently lives in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago where she was born and raised.