Consider Adoption

Facing an unplanned pregnancy and thinking about adoption? Watch Maryellen’s adoption journey as she shares her experience and why she chose to place her son with an adoptive family.

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Choosing Adoption

Every woman has the right to decide if, when, and how she has a baby.

  • If you're not ready to parent, adoption is a loving and responsible choice.
  • Choosing adoption could help you make the best of a difficult situation.
  • You deserve to be educated about your options.
Choosing Adoption
Choosing Adoption

Adoption Myths

There are many misconceptions associated with placing a baby for adoption. Before you choose whether or not to pursue adoption, it’s important to understand what’s really true and really false about this journey.

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your adoption plan

After you’ve chosen to pursue adoption, the first step is to create an adoption plan. Your adoption plan outlines your personal preferences for the entire adoption process, from the type of adoptive family you want to the level of communication you’d like to have after the adoption.

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Need Financial Assistance?

Choosing adoption should not burden you financially. Your adoption service provider will connect you with an adoption social worker who will handle all the financial and legal aspects of your adoption journey for you. Financial assistance may be available for you for any or all of the following:

  • Food & Groceries
  • Rent & utilities
  • Maternity clothes
  • Counseling
  • Medical expenses
  • Transportation costs
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Here For You

Maryellen is a birthmother who experienced the adoption journey firsthand. Do you have questions about the adoption process? Would you like someone to listen to what you’re going through? Maryellen is here to help you!

Call or text Maryellen anytime: 815-307-0620

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Please know that you are brave, and you are not alone. I am always here to listen and guide you on your journey.

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