Picture waking up to go to your morning classes after being awake most of the night with a crying baby. When you’re done with your classes, you go to your job for 8 hours. Once you’re done with work, you pick up your baby from childcare. Then, you return home and start the process all over again. In this situation, you’re not really raising your child; the daycare provider is doing most of the nurturing and caring for your child. Even though this daily routine is necessary, it’s not the best way for a child to start out.
Most women who get pregnant in college and choose to parent their child quit school and never return. Without a college education, she probably won’t earn much money, and end up in a cycle of poverty.
If you just got a positive pregnancy test, an unexpected pregnancy during your college years can seem overwhelming. It was just a short time ago that you were living a life of freedom, away from your parent’s rules, and you had your future pretty well planned out.
Of course you’ll want to do what is best for you and your baby. But is it possible to give your child the best life while you’re still in college?
You have choices that’ll let you to set your world right, while at the same time, do the most loving thing you can for your child. If you haven’t thought much about adoption, now may be a good time to think about it. Your decision to get an abortion, to parent, or to choose adoption for your child is obviously one that you’ll need to give a lot of thought to.
With modern adoption, you can literally pick the parents who will raise your child. You have the opportunity to choose where your child will grow up, the occupations of their adoptive parents, and even what religion they’ll be brought up with. You also have the choice of whether you’d like to stay in touch in the future, get updates on your child, and visit with your child and the adoptive family in person.
Not only will you be able to get your degree and better your own life, but you can give your child a mom and dad who will provide a financially stable and loving home. You’ll be able to go on with your future, always knowing that your child is in the best possible home that you could have given him or her.
As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) 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.