It is the last thing you expected to hear from your girlfriend and you are too shocked and confused to even begin to know what to do next. It’s real and it’s unplanned and you cannot foresee any reasonable solution. What do you say to her? What suggestions do you make or not make? What is adoption really like? What are your rights as the father? What if you disagree with your girlfriend’s decision? What are your options? Her options? Why do people choose adoption?
There are so many questions that, without having someone to walk through each one of them with you, you could get overwhelmed and make a decision based on fear and lack of information. These fear-based decisions often create a lifetime of emotional distress. Understanding all of your options is a great first start. The pregnancy counselors at Lifeline answer these questions and explain these options every day. We have the resources to get even the toughest questions answered and get you connected with the resources that you need in order to understand your legal rights. Often times we see expectant fathers being the first one to reach out to us for counseling, guidance, and resources and then sharing the information with his expecting girlfriend. We usually find that expectant parents have been given a lot of wrong information about the adoption option.
We understand that you may feel helpless and even hopeless because you don’t know what step to take next. Whatever your situation, Lifeline is ready to help. Before you consider stepping away from your girlfriend, your child, and the decision-making process, let us give you the information that you may be missing so that you can make a well-informed decision. Talk to one of our pregnancy counselors at Lifeline about how we see fear turned to hope every day.