When a girl finds herself pregnant and unmarried, the road ahead can look dark and difficult. Fortunately, there are many resources for expectant mothers in this sort of situation. To allay your fears, remember that you are not alone and that you never were. There are many kind and understanding individuals in the adoption world that can help guide you along your path. Below are 4 resources for any and all expectant mothers looking to adopt out their baby.
Reach Out To an Adoption Agency
An adoption agency can help you in many various ways as an expectant mother. First, they will be able to lend you emotional support, as an unplanned pregnancy brings with it reeling emotions that come on relentlessly and uncontrollably. Not to mention the decision to adopt out your baby. Adoption agencies in Utah and in other states are anxious to help you through this confusing time. They also have lists of state and federal organizations that provide resources and support for expectant mothers of unplanned pregnancies.
Friends and Family Members Familiar With Adoption
Friends and family members that are familiar with adoption and the process of it are a great resource for emotional support and other essentials an expectant mother needs. If you need a place to stay during your pregnancy, you can also inquire with these individuals who might be able to open their door to you. The thing that is probably hardest for most expectant mothers of unplanned pregnancies is asking for assistance. Remember though, you are entitled to help, as we all live on this planet together and we are all here to support and help each other.
Maternity Shelters and Other Housing
Maternity shelters are set up to take care of pregnant women, whether they are putting their babies up for adoption or not. These facilities have all the resources a mother might need to live comfortably during her pregnancy. Some shelters even have educational programs, job coaching, and some teach valuable life skills. As far as short term housing goes, this type of housing typically is in an apartment rental or an extended stay in a hotel or motel. For some mothers, this is an option that might be attractive for their particular situation.
State and Federal Assistance
There are many state-supported programs for mothers of an unplanned pregnancy. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, (known as WIC), provides supplemental nutritious foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income individuals. Local food pantries are also great resources for expectant mothers to be able to get nutritious foods for themselves during their pregnancy.
All in all, there are lots of various resources for mothers of unplanned pregnancies. The best thing for an expectant mother to do is to reach out for help. This might be difficult, but there are many individuals and organizations out there that can provide help.