My name is Emma and I chose adoption for my baby. It makes me proud to say that. When I found out I was pregnant, I was twenty years old, living at home, and I didn’t have a job. An unplanned pregnancy was the last thing that I ever thought would happen to me. I was in such disbelief that I must have taken six pregnancy tests to be sure. I waited to tell my parents because I thought that they would be upset with me. However, I soon found out that I was wrong about that. After working with Adoption Associates to make an adoption plan, I told my parents. They were very supportive of my choice of adoption for my baby, and very proud that I was putting her needs first.
I confided in a good friend who released her child for adoption through Adoption Associates a few years earlier. When I told her about my situation, she encouraged me to choose adoption for my baby. Soon after that, I met with a caseworker from Adoption Associates. After our meeting, I was convinced that Adoption Associates was the agency for me. My caseworker was so warm and compassionate. She told me what my options were, and she didn’t pressure me into making a decision. She accepted my situation—no questions asked—and didn’t judge me.
With my current life circumstances, I knew that adoption was the best choice for my baby. I had a strained relationship with the baby’s father, and he was struggling to provide for his two other young children already. I wanted my child to have more. She deserved a family with two parents who were in a good place in their lives. I wanted her to have a happy life with opportunities and a bright future.
After reviewing agency profiles, I found the perfect parents for my child. I met them for the first time when I was six months pregnant, and I was able to get to know them during the rest of my pregnancy.
When I delivered my baby, my whole family came up to the hospital to support me, and the adoptive family spent the day with me and the baby. At the end of the hospital stay, I said good-bye to my baby. Leaving her was the hardest part of my hospital stay, but it wasn’t more than I could handle.
I still stay in touch with the adoptive family through pictures and letters, and I can see how happy my baby is with her parents and her big brother. Today, I am confident that adoption for my baby was the right choice. I plan to go back to school and earn a degree in social work so that one day I can help others like Adoption Associates helped me.