What are My Options?

If you are pregnant, get the facts on all your options.

If you’re pregnant and you weren’t expecting to be, you know there are a lot of questions. You’ve probably been trying to figure out what to do, how and if you should tell anyone, and where to go for help.

One of the worst things you can do right now is to rush into a decision. We encourage you to take time to process through all of your options. You must choose the best option for you and your baby.  Legally no one else can force their decision on you.

We’re here to help clarify your options. We’d be happy to meet with you in a confidential appointment. When you come for your scheduled appointment we will discuss all options available to you.

All services are free and confidential – Call us today at (847) 731-8360

Adoption as an option

We’re not here to pressure you into an adoption decision, but we can give you help in the fact-finding process. You can work with one of our trained staff or volunteers to discuss the realities involved in both adoption and parenting. We do not facilitate adoption, but we can provide a list of adoption agencies that can.

Adoption Facts You Should Know:

  • Researching adoption as an option does not commit you to choosing adoption. The final decision about adoption is not made until after your baby is born.
  • Adoption has changed a lot in the past 20 years. You can decide if you’d like a closed, open, or semi-open adoption plans.
  • Adoption is a parenting decision that focuses on the needs of your child.
  • Adoption is a courageous decision that’s often made by women who first thought abortion was their only way out.
  • Adoption is a legal transaction. Rules are different from state to state. That’s why we recommend you use an adoption specialist. They’re uniquely equipped to help you navigate the process successfully.
  • Making an adoption plan involves very strong emotions. An adoption specialist will be able to provide good counsel and ongoing support both during and after your pregnancy.

If you’d like to explore adoption, just call to make an appointment, (847) 731-8370

Parenting as an option

Parenting is very challenging. If you are pregnant and planning to parent, we can help. We provide caring support, parenting classes, and other practical resources to help you.

Our Parent Basics Class is great if you are still pregnant. We teach you about how your baby is developing and how to take good care of yourself during your pregnancy. We give you basics on prenatal care, keeping fit, and healthy eating. We also help you to prepare for the baby. You’ll learn about breastfeeding, bottle feeding, diapering, bath time, and play time. We also share about the emotional demands of parenting and give you tips on how to cope with stress.

We also have Parenting Classes for parents with babies and toddlers under age 2. We cover childhood health, safety, and nutrition. We help you learn how to affirm and connect with your child. We show you how to be a patient and authentic parent. We also cover basic budgeting for a new life and baby.

If you would like to sign up for a parenting class, call us at (847)731-3860 

Abortion as an option

Abortion is not just a simple medical procedure.  For many women it is a life altering event with significant physical & emotional repercussions.  Most women who struggle with past abortions say that they wish they had been told all of the facts about abortion.

You may see this unplanned pregnancy as a major obstacle to your life plan.  Be encouraged by the many women who in the same situation, found the resources at our Centers to make positive choices & realize their dreams.

Remember, no one else can legally force you into a decision.  If you are getting pressure from parents or the father of the baby, you have legal rights to make your own informed choice.  Explain your feelings & try to get them involved in the counsel to explore your positive options.

Before you decide you deserve to know the facts, & the law gives you the right to be fully informed concerning abortion procedures.

Family Resource Center of Zion does not offer abortion services or abortion referrals.

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