Hear Jessica describe how she felt when learning she was pregnant and how she went about considering adoption.
A birth mom who chose an adoption plan with The Cradle Adoption Agency shares her story
When I first found out I was pregnant, it was terrifying. I ignored it, I went on pretending it wasn't happening, but I was terrified. I had just been kicked out of my house, was living with my boyfriend, was working a small job, still trying to go to college. I'd just finished a season of volleyball. We decided to go with adoption after we got turned down for an abortion because I was too far along. So the first thing I did was get home that day and start searching about adoption. I found a few families that I wanted to contact, but one in particular stood out to me. Their picture, not only screamed to me that they were the right ones, but their profile had everything we were looking for. From a marriage that's been going on for a long time, to a stay at home mom, to a dad that had a good solid career. And at first we found it kind of awkward that we had this stranger coming into talk to us, but the best part, every time that she left it created such conversation between me and my boyfriend that we got things covered and things talked about that we needed to get out.
Life now is incredibly different. We actually keep good contact with the adoptive family. We actually got back from a visit that we have to plan in the winter because now my husband and I are business owners. For anybody that just finds out that they're pregnant, the most important thing is that you're not alone. And that there's a lot of people that have gone through and are going through what you're going through. And to take some time, accept what's happened and start looking through your options. The best part about contacting and adoption agency such as The Cradle is that it's no pressure. They're there to educate you on all of your decisions, and they're there to talk to you if you want to talk, but if you need some time, they'll give you that time. It's all about the child and what's best for the child, so if you don't have the means or the ability to raise the child, open adoption is the best choice.