Pregnant and Homeless: Is Adoption for Me?

by | Jan 26, 2024 | Birth Parent Blog

Pregnant and homeless woman trying to stay warm outsidePregnancy is a time of joy, anticipation, and excitement for many women. But if you’re pregnant and homeless, the lack of a stable environment to raise your child can be a terrifying and overwhelming circumstance. However, we encourage you to leave any feelings of shame or stigma behind as you read this blog post. You are not alone in experiencing homelessness, and there are resources available to help you through this difficult time.
If you feel like you have nowhere to turn for help, know that adoption is still an option for you and your baby. Any pregnant woman, no matter what difficulties she is experiencing, has the opportunity to place her child for adoption.

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Why do women choose adoption?

Sometimes, an expectant mother may find herself struggling with homelessness, unemployment, or other situations at home that lead her to consider adoption for her child. While some expectant mothers choose adoption due to homelessness, others live in a place where they don’t want to raise a child.
As one woman says, “I didn’t have a place to stay, so I was living out of my car. Although I love my baby, I didn’t want to bring him up in poverty. I wanted better for him, so I decided to place him for adoption.” At the end of the day, pregnant and homeless women choosing adoption want to be in a better, more stable living arrangement than they can provide.

Choosing adoption as a pregnant and homeless woman

Choosing adoption can lead to a better future for both you and your baby, making your pregnancy more manageable. Adoption can be an amazing choice for a pregnant woman experiencing homelessness. Here are a few benefits of choosing adoption:

  1. No Cost: Adoption is entirely free for you. You have plenty to think about, and we understand the importance of not having to worry about covering pregnancy expenses. That’s why we offer financial assistance for adoption.
  2. Safe Place to Stay: Lifetime Adoption can help you find a safe place to stay during your pregnancy. You may also qualify for financial aid to cover living expenses, including rent, utilities, groceries, maternity clothing, transportation to doctor’s appointments, health insurance, and more.
  3. Safe and Stable Environment: Adoption ensures that your child is raised in a safe, stable environment by parents who have eagerly been waiting for their arrival. As the birth parent, you maintain complete control over your adoption plan, including the choice of adoptive parents.
  4. Lifelong Relationship: Opting for open adoption allows you to maintain a lifelong relationship with your child and their adoptive parents. Our adoption professionals are here to assist with mediating and providing guidance for post-placement contact.

There are hundreds of couples hoping to adopt, regardless of your situation, and you can stay connected to your child as they grow up through open adoption. As a homeless and pregnant woman needing help, the services, resources, and support you receive from an adoption agency can help you through this challenging time in your life, ensuring that you have a happy and healthy pregnancy.
Choosing adoption can provide you and your baby with the support and stability needed during this challenging time. If you have any questions or concerns, our adoption professionals are ready to help you every step of the way.

Financial Help for Homeless Pregnant Women

Adoption agencies like Lifetime provide different types of support and education for pregnant women. We can help you find peer counseling, online resources, your own adoption attorney, and more. Lifetime Adoption offers many different services for birth mothers, like:

  • 24/7 phone and text support
  • Counseling, both from a peer and a licensed professional therapist
  • Maternity clothing
  • Access to a nationwide selection of adoptive families
  • Help to create an adoption plan
  • Medical referrals
  • Pregnancy-related expenses paid (if it’s allowed by your state’s adoption laws)
  • Transportation to your doctor’s office for appointments

Help finding a place to live

Choosing adoption for your baby can be a stressful decision. At Lifetime Adoption, we understand the additional concerns it may bring, such as the worry about having a place to live. As one of the top adoption agencies in the U.S., we are committed to supporting expectant mothers experiencing homelessness, including locating housing.

If you are pregnant, considering adoption, and find yourself in need of emergency housing, reach out to Lifetime Adoption at 1-800-923-6784 through a call or text. Taking this step as soon as possible allows us to assess your needs promptly and provide assistance. Lifetime Adoption is here to help you secure suitable housing.
Lifetime can guide you in finding appropriate housing options during the adoption process. Housing options during the adoption process vary based on your specific needs and the state laws applicable to your situation. That is to say, the adoptive parents you select for your baby may be able to provide financial aid during your pregnancy, depending on the adoption laws in your state.
The level of help you can receive depends on various factors, including your situation, how far along you are, and your plans for your child. Remember, Lifetime is here to help you every step of the way!

You Are Not Alone – Contact Lifetime Adoption

Facing an unexpected pregnancy can be overwhelming, and it takes a lot of love and bravery to consider adoption for your baby. Adoption is like giving a selfless gift to your baby and hopeful adoptive parents. It involves making tough choices but shouldn’t add to your financial stress.
You can receive financial assistance, which makes dealing with the money challenges of pregnancy easier, letting you focus on having a healthy pregnancy and making the best decisions for you and your baby.
Lifetime is here to help you find an adoptive family for your baby and connect you with some assistance. If you meet the criteria and your state allows it, you may qualify for financial aid for your lifestyle, household, or medical expenses.
Above all, remember you’re not alone. Lifetime Adoption has years of experience helping women who are considering adoption. We’ve helped many expectant mothers who were experiencing homelessness. Our team is available anytime, day or night, to help or provide information about adoption and the services we offer to birth parents.
You can reach out to us in various ways:

We’re here for you, offering the assistance you need whenever you want, 24/7.

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Heather Featherston

Written by Heather Featherston

As Vice President of Lifetime Adoption, Heather Featherston holds an MBA and is passionate about working with those facing adoption, pregnancy, and parenting issues. Heather has conducted training for birth parent advocates, spoken to professional groups, and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the multiple aspects of adoption. She has provided one-on-one support to women and hopeful adoptive parents working through adoption decisions.

Since 2002, she has been helping pregnant women and others in crisis to learn more about adoption. Heather also trains and speaks nationwide to pregnancy clinics to effectively meet the needs of women who want to explore adoption for their child. Today, she continues to address the concerns women have about adoption and supports the needs of women who choose adoption for their child.

As a published author of the book Called to Adoption, Featherston loves to see God’s hand at work every day as she helps children and families come together through adoption.

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