So I Was Thinking About Adoption: Considering Your Choices.
American Carriage House Publishing
P.O. Box 1130
Nevada City, CA 95959
Designed for expectant adolescents, this pocket-sized book begins by exploring myths about adoption, reviewing reasons why women adopt, and key considerations to think about before deciding to parent a child. Differences between open and closed adoptions are discussed, as well as the role of the birth father. Chapter 2 proposes birth mothers use journaling to reflect on feelings about the pregnancy and reasons behind making certain decisions. Chapter 3 answers questions about the adoption process, and Chapter 4 provides advice for telling relatives and the birth father about the adoption. The realities of being a parent are reviewed in the following chapter, and Chapter 6 describes the steps to adoption. The final chapters explain the importance of prenatal care, planning for delivery, and coping with feelings after the adoption. Birthmother stories are shared throughout the text and a list of additional resources is provided.
adoption process; adolescent pregnancy; teenage mothers; open adoption; closed adoption; parenting