Miranda was just 15 when she found out she was pregnant. With little support from the birthfather or her own parents, and feeling scared and alone, Miranda turned to a pregnancy counselor who shared the option of adoption with her. After receiving counseling Miranda eventually concluded that choosing adoption was the best choice for her baby, and decided to make an adoption plan for her son.
Two years later, Miranda is in college and has an open adoption with the couple who adopted her son. She is confident in her decision and grateful that her son will grow up with plenty of opportunities that she simply couldn’t offer him as a teenage mother.
Miranda’s peers couldn’t understand why she would “give up” her baby. In her conversations with them she tried to explain the beauty of adoption and wanted them to see adoption the way she saw it: she was giving her son a better life. Fortunately, Miranda didn’t let her friends influence her decision, but the reality is, most young women facing unintended pregnancy are unsure of what to do and are surrounded by peers, teachers, family, and others who simply don’t realize that adoption is an option.
You can change this. National Council For Adoption is an adoption advocacy nonprofit based in Alexandria, Virginia. In fact, A Act of Love has been a member of NCFA for 8 years. NCFA has led the fight for countless pro-adoption policies, attitudes, and practices, such as:
• Promoting adoptive and foster parent recruitment and training for children in foster care;
• Reducing red tape and raising adoption incentives to increase adoptions out of foster care;
• Building the intercountry adoption system to provide families for abandoned children around the world;
• Advancing pro-adoption policies, attitudes, and practices in developing countries and worldwide;
• Presenting adoption as a positive option for unplanned pregnancy and honoring birthmothers as good mothers;
• Making adoption more affordable through the adoption tax credit;
• And much more!
NCFA is now working hard to raise awareness about the positive option of domestic infant adoption through their iChooseAdoption campaign. In early 2013, NCFA will launch an all-new iChooseAdoption campaign, complete with a full redesign of iChooseAdoption.org, a comprehensive social media component, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram, brand new television and radio public service announcements (PSA), and a print campaign that will include the distribution of posters to high schools across the United States.
iChooseAdoption.org will also feature an agency search function as well as a crisis pregnancy hotline from 7am-2am ET so that young women can reach someone who is trained to talk about adoption.
The overall goal of this project is to enable women facing unplanned pregnancy to consider adoption more freely, understand her options and choices in order to make a fully informed decision, and increase public understanding of and appreciation for infant adoption and birthmothers. Adoption Agencies like Act of Love Adoptions are joining with NCFA to offer choices to birthparents.
Your investment in NCFA’s iChooseAdoption campaign will ensure that more women like Miranda receive timely, accurate information about the positive option of adoption. Your gift will be used to help launch the campaign, such as providing high schools with posters and resources about adoption, and create a social media campaign to reach young people right where they are – on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.
You can make a life changing difference in the lives of young women like Miranda and their children. Can we count on your support today? Visit NCFA’s website, www.adoptioncouncil.org where you can make a safe, secure, and tax-deductible online contribution.
On behalf of NCFA and birthmothers everywhere, A Act of Love thanks you for your support.