I know you may be feeling a bit anxious and overwhelmed right now. You may not know what your next step in life is or if you are able to parent. Thankfully, Gladney can help with any questions you may have about your pregnancy.
Gladney offers numerous adoption services throughout the adoption process and afterwards. Expectant mothers have access to an options counselor who offers information about adoption, helps to put together personal adoption and delivery plans, and helps to plan for the future. After delivery, there are also options through the Next Steps program and the “Family Loving Decisions Workshop” for one-on-one counseling, support groups, and counseling for the birth mother’s family/birth father.
You've come to grips that you're pregnant. You've made the decision that you are going to make an adoption plan for your baby. We know this is not an easy decision. It's not easy to carry your child to term, or to choose another family to parent your child. But make no mistake. These sacrifices make you a very special mom. Because of your love and your courage, your child has everything needed to start a beautiful life.
You may know what adoption means, and you have probably heard of counseling, but have you ever heard those words put together? Adoption counseling can be summed up well in one word: "support." Support when you're not sure what you want or what to do, support during the adoption process, support at placement, and support after everything is over. This is how it works:
Counseling is a funny word. It comes with all sorts of connotations. Many people think counseling is some sort of weird treatment or therapy that only people with mental problems need. Others believe it is a healthy thing that people use when they face a problem or a tough decision and they need help thinking it through objectively. But what does counseling really mean? And what in the world is adoption counseling?
Let us start our blog post by affirming you for looking at your options. Here at Gladney, the first step in placing a child for adoption is to collect information because we believe that whether or not you choose adoption, researching all your options will make you feel more confident in whatever decision you make.
GLADNEY’S NEXT STEPS PROGRAM EQUIPS EXPECTANT PARENTS AND BIRTH PARENTS, providing them with the option to consider their future educational and occupational goals through opportunities that include housing assistance, technical certification programs, and life skills and occupational skills training. Since we started offering Next Steps as one of many adoption services, a total of over 550 expectant parents and birth parents have chosen to participate.
In Gladney's Dorm, we are inspired every day by women who make the sacrificial decision to place their child for adoption. Learn more about what adoption looks like today while living in Gladney's Dorm.