We are not able to refer directly for termination. We offer clients information on all the options and are well resourced
to provide both immediate and long term support as necessary, directing to other agencies as appropriate.
What about adoption?
If your current circumstances mean that keeping the baby is not possible, you may want to consider adoption as another option.
What does it mean?
Adoption is a way of providing a new family for a child when living with their own family is not possible.
They will legally become a member of a new family and have one or two new parents.
It is a commitment for life.
If you decide on adoption and want to keep in contact with the child and their new family this can be maintained if it is decided that this would be appropriate.
If you decide on adoption you can provide information yourself, the child’s birth, early life and why the child was placed for adoption, if you would like to. This information is incorporated into a “Life Story Book” and can be given to the child in an age appropriate format by the adoption agency, when they feel the time is right. It can also be requested when a young adopted person reaches adulthood.
- The adoption agency is required to provide counselling and information to the parent about the legal procedures and implication of adoption.
- Formal consent for adoption cannot be given until the child is over six weeks old. Informal arrangements with an adoptive family can be in place until then.
- After the child has been with the adoptive parents for at least ten weeks an adoption order can be made.
Once an adoption order has been made it cannot be changed. It is important that you have both practical and emotional support when placing your baby in a new family.
You may be feeling that giving your child up for adoption is a very difficult decision to make, many women can feel grief and a sense of loss when they give their child up for adoption. However, remember that giving your child up for adoption is a responsible decision as your child will be going to live with a new family who will love and care for them.
What support is there for adoption?
If you feel you need to talk to someone who isn’t involved emotionally with your situation, in a confidential environment, can help you look at all the information and your deeper feelings and provide you with the support you need.
You can ring our National Helpline to speak to a fully trained Advisor 0300 4000 999.
They can also give you details of your local Pregnancy Choices Centre where you can see an Advisor and receive support throughout the decision making, the pregnancy and the adoption itself.
ASIST (Adoption Support in Society Today)
11 High Street, Dulverton, Somerset, TA22 9BH
Tel: 01823 253026 or 01823 457691
This group offers support for the birth mother.
BAAF (British Association for Adoption and Fostering)
Saffron House, 6-10 Kirkby Street, London, EC1N 8TS
BAAF provide useful information about adoption on their website.
To find out about agencies that provide adoption services in your area. – www.adoption.org.uk