Clair was working, going to massage therapy school and had just decided to leave a relationship that she had been in for a couple of years. She had felt like it was time for her to move forward with her life and reach the goals that she wanted to achieve in life. For the past few years she had been in a relationship with Chase and enjoyed spending time with him, but now she felt like she was moving forward with her life and he was not setting any goals for himself. He was not getting any further education, living on a friend’s couch and was not currently working. Even though Clair had feelings for him and cared about him, she knew it was time to move in a different direction with her life.
Things were going great – she had some new friends she had met at school and she was getting ready to graduate. Her life was finally taking shape and she was excited for her future when she realized that she was pregnant. Many thoughts went through her head and she was so confused about what she should do. There wasn’t any doubt the birth father was Chase and Clair was afraid to tell him. She didn’t want to feel trapped with Chase and knew she was not ready to be a mother. Clair’s parents had always told her that she needed to complete school and be in a good financial place before she had children.
Clair decided that she would start researching her options and she found some adoption agencies on-line. She reviewed their websites and read the reviews on each. Her next step was to get the courage to call each of the three agencies that she thought looked like good options. After calling the first agency, she was feeling so uncomfortable, confused and upset, but then she called Act of Love Adoption Agency and spoke with a caseworker. She was surprised at how kind and understanding they were and how they just wanted to listen to her and help. They talked about Chase and the caseworker suggested that Clair talk with him and offer for him to call in and speak with her, as well. Clair was not completely comfortable with the idea, but knew she had to talk with him and her parents.
She called Chase and asked him to meet her for coffee the next morning. They met at the coffee shop and Clair shared with him that she was pregnant and that he was the father. Chase was surprised and shocked. It took a couple of weeks for Chase to be able to express how he felt to Clair, but he also knew that he was not ready to be a father. He asked her if she was really serious about adoption and told her that if she was he would like to be a part of making the adoption plan. He also offered to help her get to the doctor and told her he would get a job and help her with other expenses.
Even though Clair did not feel like she was in a good situation, she knew that she had the support of Chase and of the adoption agency. Act of Love had met with her and helped her get a care plan for her and the baby. They had started working on an adoption plan and selecting an adoptive family. Clair was able to talk with her parents and they agreed that the adoption plan was best for everyone. Her parents felt very comfortable with the support Clair was receiving from the adoption agency and were happy that Clair and Chase were choosing an adoption plan that would allow them to continue receive updates about the baby throughout his life.
Clair and Chase chose a wonderful adoptive family and had the opportunity to meet them and start a relationship. They spent time together getting to know each other and talking about their hopes and dreams for their little boy. Both Clair and Chase went on to finish their education and are now both working, happy and different relationships. They both receive updates on their little boy and both express how happy they are that they worked out the best possible plan for their little boy. They know he is loved and cherished and that brings them both peace and comfort.