Looking for help with an unexpected pregnancy? Do you consider carrying the child to term, even parenting your little one? It’s a wonderful opportunity to parent, though it may be difficult. With the right support and resources, you’ve got this! See some of the resources some friends and I were able to compile below.
Are you searching for help in placing your child for adoption? We’ve begun to compile resources for that, too. Your decision to place your newborn in a family can be the greatest and most generous gift to give—the child they’ve been hoping and praying for. As you consider this opportunity, do your homework to find the absolute highest integrity in organizations and families, of course, but trust that your decision can be the most beautiful one. See the resources below.
Maybe you’re hoping to make a difference in the lives of girls and women who face the challenges associated with an unplanned pregnancy. You, too, can support organizations who are doing their best to offer support during the critical time when the life decision is being made. You’ll find that we’ve also included organizations that may be helping families in crisis in other ways. Check out the resources we’ve begun to compile below.
Crisis Pregnancy Organizations
Care Net is a site offering life-affirming centers available to help at the beginning of the unplanned pregnancy. (National)
Informed Choices is an organization offering pregnancy and parenting resources. (Grayslake and Crystal Lake, IL)
Adoption Placement Support
Adoption Services is a site providing links to National (and Canadian) resources of many different kinds. (This site cannot be highly recommended until someone vouches for its integrity, but it is listed for the time being.)
The Cradle is an organization licensed and approved by the Department of Children and Family Services in Illinois.
Family Support Organizations
Care Net offers opportunities to support the network. Get involved! (National)
Kindred Life Ministries is a Christian organization dedicated to providing a circle of support for teen parents and their families to thrive. (Chicago area)
Safe Families has offered sanctuary to thousands of children, minimizing the risk for abuse or neglect and giving parents the time and tools they need to help their families thrive. The ultimate goal is to strengthen and support parents so they can become Safe Families for their own children. (National organization)
Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center has been working to end sexual assault and abuse since 1983. We are passionately committed to supporting survivors with the quality of care they need and deserve. (Northern Chicago area)
Note: Many resources are local (and listed as such). As you wish to add resources for your own areas, please drop me a note, and we’ll add them. What if we created the very best list available? I dream of a rich list of resources, and you can help!