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Does Planned Parenthood Help with Adoption?

Adoption can be a beautiful choice for an unplanned pregnancy. If you get help from Planned Parenthood, adoption is an option, but to get the full set of adoption services, American Adoptions can help.

If you are considering adoption, this article will help you understand how Planned Parenthood helps with adoptions and how American Adoptions can help you with the services Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide. Call 1-800-ADOPTION or click here to get help from a professional now.

Does Planned Parenthood Help with Adoption?

Yes, but the help is limited. Planned Parenthood can help you access pregnancy testing and give you basic counseling and information about options for unplanned pregnancy, including adoption. Your local Planned Parenthood may also be able to connect you to adoption agencies, but ultimately, your best resource for help with adoption is an adoption agency.

Does Planned Parenthood Do Adoptions?

No, Planned Parenthood provides medical help and resources, but does not handle adoptions directly. Instead, Planned Parenthood offers referrals to adoption agencies. If you contact your local Planned Parenthood, you may be able to get referrals to local resources for adoption.

You can also get adoption help anywhere in the US now by clicking here or calling 1-800-ADOPTION.

Does Planned Parenthood Offer Adoption Services?

Planned Parenthood offers basic unplanned pregnancy counseling and referrals to adoption agencies, but does not provide many of the services that adoption agencies can offer. Get a comparison of Planned Parenthood adoption services vs. adoption agency services below.

Planned Parenthood Adoption Services

  • Pregnancy counseling including all possible options for unwanted pregnancy

  • Referrals to adoption agencies

  • Low cost or free medical services and education for pregnancy

American Adoptions Services

  • Pregnancy counseling including all possible options for unwanted pregnancy

  • Accessible 24/7 support from adoption professionals online or at 1-800-ADOPTION

  • Free counseling throughout your adoption journey

  • Financial assistance with eligible expenses like pregnancy medical bills, rent, utilities, maternity clothing, transportation, etc. depending on your state

  • Education on adoption and types of adoption like open adoption vs. semi-open adoption

  • Hundreds of potential adoptive families to choose from

  • Video profiles of hopeful adoptive parents so that you can choose the perfect family for your situation

  • Adoptive family screenings to assure that each potential parent is ready to adopt

  • Legal help throughout your adoption journey

  • Adoption planning services

  • Hospital and birth planning support

  • Post-adoption support

What Are My Options for Unwanted Pregnancy?

Both Planned Parenthood and an American Adoptions can talk you through your unwanted pregnancy options: adoption, abortion, and parenting.

Adoption: If you are pregnant and thinking about adoption, you can get help from an adoption professional now. When you choose adoption, you can get help throughout your pregnancy, find the perfect adoptive family, and continue a lifelong connection through open adoption. American Adoptions has helped more than 13,000 families.

Abortion: In some states, you may be able to have an abortion, especially if you are early on in your pregnancy. It is best to seek out help from a licensed medical professional as soon as possible if you are interested in this option for your pregnancy. If abortion is unavailable to you, your abortion alternatives are adoption or parenting.

Parenting: If your pregnancy is unwanted, it is likely that parenting is not the choice for you, but as you consider your pregnancy options, it is important to make sure that you have fully thought through each option. If you are unsure about parenting or the other options, you can always talk to an adoption professional, who can walk you through each option. You may also find that talking to friends, family, or other trusted people in your life can help you make a decision.

How to Get Help Now

We are always here for you to talk about your options for an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy and provide the services you need.

The best adoption agencies for pregnant mothers will give you support throughout your pregnancy and beyond, and you can get help now from a professional when you call 1-800-ADOPTION or click here.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is American Adoptions the right adoption agency choice for many birth mothers?

American Adoptions is one of the largest licensed adoption agencies in the United States. Each year, we work with thousands of women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to these women. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you seven days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and available options.

You should choose an adoption agency where you feel completely comfortable with their services and staff. With American Adoptions, you will work with an Adoption Specialist who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Adoption Specialist will be your advocate and will provide support and guidance as you create an adoption plan that is right for you.

How will the family tell my child about me and the adoption when my child is older?

Each family has their own style of introducing adoption to the child. When you are matched with an adoptive family, you can ask them this question. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it for you, just let her know. He or she can share your wishes or provide good ideas from other adoptive families.

You will also be able to share what you want your baby to know about you. You can complete a keepsake booklet to share hobbies, stories, photos of you and your family and a letter to your baby. The adoptive family can provide this to your child as he or she grows older. Be as creative as you like! Some birth mothers have even knitted a special blanket as a gift to their baby or given a similar symbol of their love.

The father of your baby can fill out the birth father's keepsake booklet or write a letter too. You may have other family members who would also like to share photos or a letter to the baby. This is your opportunity to pass on your and your family's love and to share your personality, history and reasons for choosing adoption. The adoptive family will treasure whatever information you provide and will share it with the baby at an appropriate age. In most adoptive homes, the word adoption is in the child's vocabulary early on, and adoption is celebrated in their lives.

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