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Things to Consider if You’re Experiencing an Unplanned Pregnancy

You, like most women, have probably considered motherhood at some point in your life. Maybe you have a detailed plan – you don’t want to have a child until you purchase a house or earn a college degree. Maybe you have only a vague idea of “someday” becoming a mom.

Things don’t always go according to plan, though, and you may end up pregnant. If this happens, whether you’re 16 or 45, it’s easy to feel alone. But you’re not: nearly half of all American pregnancies are unplanned.

If you’re experiencing an unexpected or accidental pregnancy and need support without judgement, LSS can help. We have years of experience providing pregnancy resources and can help you navigate your choices – from raising your child to choosing adoption. Our team of experienced counselors and social workers will help you make the best decision for you, your health and the long-term well-being of your unborn baby.

Consider Your Options.

If you’re thinking about parenting your child, LSS can help you determine if parenting is the right option for you while providing assistance locating and referring you to parenting. These resources include county programs designed to help you meet the financial responsibilities of parenthood. 

Our licensed professionals offer continued support and counseling throughout your pregnancy. We understand the special issues that often accompany an unplanned pregnancy, as well as the financial, emotional and lifestyle changes you can expect if you choose to parent your child.

Should you choose adoption, LSS offers emotional support before and after the birth of your child. LSS will also coordinate the legal process, offer ongoing support and help you prepare an adoption plan. Additionally, you may be eligible for financial assistance to cover medical costs, counseling and living expenses related to the birth of your child.

While many woman with an unplanned pregnancy think having an abortion is a quick, easy, painless way to “handle” the situation, the reality is often very different.

For many women, parenting or adoption are better choices. Adoption isn’t usually considered, however, because there are so many common misconceptions surrounding it. Adoptions today are more open than typical media depictions, and birth parents have more than ever before.

The Adoption Process.

If you’re not ready to parent, choosing adoption means your child will live a fulfilling life with loving parents. Contacting LSS to explore adoption is free and confidential and will give you the opportunity to work with experienced social workers and counselors who can guide you throughout the process while offering emotional support.

As you consider adoption, you can view the profiles of adoptive families on the LSS website. Additionally, you can learn about more families by making an appointment with one of our birthparent counselors. After selecting a group of families you would like to learn more about, you’ll receive a portfolio and we’ll arrange an in-person meeting.

Once you’ve chosen your adoptive family, LSS counselors will help you develop an adoption plan. As part of this plan, you’ll both agree on the level of contact with your child, which may include email updates, phone calls and even visits.  

Throughout the process, LSS adoption specialists also work with birth fathers to ensure they arrive at the best solution for them, their family and your baby.

After the adoptions are finalized, LSS counselors will continue to provide assistance. We can recommend counseling and support groups if needed.  

Next Steps

If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, we know you’re likely facing a lot of tough decisions. At LSS, we completely understand the endless question running through your mind. Should I parent the baby? Should I find a family ready and able to love and provide for my child?

While you’re making such a big decision, our professional pregnancy and adoption counselors can provide practical information, emotional support and the caring guidance needed as you consider your options – for free.

The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help you as you navigate your choices. Getting in touch today is also best for the long-term health of you and your baby. Reach out and we’ll respond within 48 hours. 

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Milwaukee, WI 53204
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