One in three girls in the United States will have to deal with teenage pregnancy. Unplanned pregnancy is taxing on one emotionally, physically and socially. These all can complicate one's decision of dealing with the pregnancy. There are three possible decisions a pregnant teen can make: keep the baby, adoption and terminating the pregnancy. All three of these will likely require at least some form of parental consent, and therefore keeping the pregnancy completely secret is neither healthy nor possible.
The choice to place a child in adoption after birth is a way for a pregnant teen who may not be ready to support the child, financially or emotionally. Depending on how much time she wants to put into the adoption process, she can choose between independent or agency adoption in search of adoptive parents. Agency adoption allows a pregnant woman to opt for a closed, semi-open or open adoption. A closed adoption requires no contact to be made or shared between or about the teen and the adoptive parents. A semi-open adoption allows the teen and adoptive parents to choose one another and work together on a first-name basis. An open adoption has very little mediation between the two parties.
In addition to finding placement for the child, a teen considering adoption will need counseling and to feel comfortable in her decision. Often, it's easy for teens to feel pressured into choosing adoption. Therefore, it's important for this to be completely of her own mind.
All about Teen Pregnancy Adoption. Find resources and information about Teen Pregnancy Adoption from adoption.org. http://www.adoption.org/adopt/teen-pregnancy-adoption.php. http://www.adoption.org/adopt/teen-pregnancy-adoption.php. Unplanned, Crisis Pregnancy. Pregnant, Teen, Teenager, Adoption.
Also in the library: gladney history | adoption language | stats & graphs. Teen Pregnancy and Adoption Statistics. Teen Pregnancy and Births. There are now about 750,000 teen pregnancies annually (among those aged 15-19), down from just over 1 million in 1990.
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