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If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and want to avoid another abortion, you have other options, which include adoption, parenting, and short-term voluntary foster care placement.

While the internet is full of information on these options, we’ve compiled the basics of what you need to know about each. The more you know, the more equipped you’ll be to make the decision that’s right for you and your situation.


Adoption entails carrying your baby full term and allowing another family to raise the child as their own. This option can bring great joy to parents who desire to expand their family but can’t have biological children. However, it can also be a difficult decision, as it means relinquishing rights to the child. 

There are different forms of adoption, and you have the ability to choose which type you feel comfortable with. The three main types of adoption include: 

  • Open adoption: This allows you to have open communication with the child and adoptive family. You and the family work together to decide how much or little interaction you desire.
  • Semi-open adoption: This is when you and the adoptive family have limited communication that is usually mediated by the adoption agency or other third party.
  • Closed adoption: This means you have no contact with the adoptive family. In fact, you can remain anonymous to the adoptive family except for general health information.


Parenting might seem like an impossible option in your life right now. Maybe you’re in school or working towards goals and it seems like having a baby would complicate these efforts. Or maybe you’re worried because you don’t have a good support system. While these are all valid concerns, parenting can be a difficult but highly rewarding option. 

When considering parenting as an option, you might be surprised to learn that you can still accomplish your goals as a parent with careful planning and the right support. Some things to think through include:

  • Who do I know that can help me? If I don’t have family help, are community resources available?
  • If I don’t know anything about parenting, are there classes I can take or someone who can teach me?
  • How might my life look different if I choose to parent? How will I feel if I don’t choose this option?

Short-Term Voluntary Foster Care Placement

If you want to parent but need time to secure proper housing, employment, and/or receive treatment, this option can provide the support you need to successfully parent.

Short-term voluntary foster care placement involves allowing your child to be temporarily placed into a loving home, as needed. This gives you the opportunity to focus on getting the resources you need, while also having the peace of mind to know that your child is safe and cared for. Then, once you’re ready, your child will return.

Where Can I Learn More?

Facing another unplanned pregnancy can feel overwhelming, but you’re not alone. At Pregnancy Care Center, we offer cost-free resources that can help empower you as you take your next steps. Contact us today to schedule a confidential appointment in a warm, welcoming environment. We’re here for you.

NOTE: We offer accurate information about all your pregnancy options; however, we do not offer or refer for abortion services. The information presented on this website is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.