Maria Talks

Adoption

If you and your partner are not ready to be parents, but have decided that abortion isn’t right for you either, you have another choice, so I want to give you some information about adoption.

Adoption is a legal process which permanently places a child with someone who is ready to be a parent. This is a really great way to give someone (or a couple) a child who can’t have one otherwise.  It also allows your baby to be raised by people who want a baby and feel ready for it.  Remember it’s up to each person to figure out what to do in this situation, and what feels right for one person may not feel right for another. Whatever your reason, if you are unable or aren’t ready to be a parent and don’t want to get an abortion, then you may want to think about adoption.

In Massachusetts, you have to work with a licensed agency or service provider to help you make an adoption plan that is best for you and your baby.  There are many types of adoption agencies and many types of adoption.  Once you choose an adoption agency, they can then help you decide what type of adoption works best for you and your baby.  From what I’ve heard, adoption can be pretty tough for you, but agencies can provide resources and support to help you get through it. There is also support for anyone close to you who may also be affected by the decision.

If you are under 18, you can still make the decision to put your baby up for adoption in Massachusetts. You don’t need to get permission from a parent. Of course, like everything else we’ve talked about, it’s a really good idea to talk with your parents or other trusted adult, and get their support and advice about what to do.  And remember, if you’re too scared to talk with your parents on your own, your doctor or family planning counselor can help.

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