Birth Parents

We can help!

Between the extra hormones and the fear of the unknown, an unexpected pregnancy can be overwhelming. You do not need to go through this alone! We understand that you are experiencing emotions such as fear, shame, confusion, or a sense of isolation. We would like to help you sort through them. We are available to offer you pregnancy counseling and support as you look at options in a non-judgmental, caring atmosphere.

We believe that adoption is a viable option that is often overlooked due to misconceptions. This option enables you to give your child the gift of life and to choose loving adoptive parents to nurture that life. Adoption is one of the greatest sacrifices a birth mother can make out of love for her child. Not only can you choose the adoptive family, but you can also choose the level of openness you want for future contact with your child.

Choosing abortion, parenting, or adoption is a decision that will impact you for a lifetime and we want you to choose the option that is best for you and your child. We will support you, whatever your decision may be. If you need someone to talk to please fill out the contact form below, or call or email Julie directly at ABC .

The telephone number is: (309) 451-9495, toll-free at: (877) 451-9495, or e-mail us at jmendez@abccounseling.org.

***All contacts will remain confidential.***

Your Rights

Birth parents have many rights. One of them is that they have the right to change their minds about adoption after the baby is born. In Illinois, a birth mother cannot sign adoption surrenders until 72 hours after the birth of her child. A birth mother also has the right to receive financial assistance during and after the pregnancy.

During the time a birth mother is making her decision, she has a right to see the baby, care for the baby and spend as much time as she wants with the baby. No one can take away those three days that a birth mother gives to her child.

Resources for Birthparents:

Current Waiting Families

Birthparent Rights and Responsibilities

Birthparent Counseling

The Matching Process

Prenatal Care

Financial Assistance

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