ALTERNATIVES TO ADOPTION
There are many choices available to you concerning what to do about your unplanned pregnancy. Adoption is one of
those choices. There are also other alternatives. The following is a list of some services available to you if
you have the need. Further information can be obtained about any of these services through calling your local
Department of Social Services. The telephone number is usually available by calling Information (411). Your case
worker at Adoptions with Love, Inc. can also discuss these services with you, and at your request can help refer
you to appropriate sources who can meet your needs.
TANF (Welfare): Temporary Assistance for Needy Families provides financial assistance to families so that
children may be cared for in their own homes. Contact your local TANF Office for more information.
MEDICAID: Medicaid is health insurance that helps many people who cannot afford medical care pay some or
all of their medical bills. For more information call The Centers for Medicine and Medicaid Services toll-free
FOOD STAMPS: Food stamps enable low-income households to buy the food they need for a nutritionally
adequate diet. Nutritious food can be purchased with coupons or Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards.
Contact your local Food Stamp Office for more information.
SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION PROGRAM FOR WOMEN, INFANTS, AND CHILDREN (WIC): WIC serves to safeguard
the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing
nutritious foods to supplement their diets. Applications are available through health care centers and your
Department of Public Welfare.
PUBLIC HOUSING: Public Housing provides apartments for low-income persons operated by local housing
agencies. Contact your local housing authority for more information.
CHILD CARE: If you go to school or work, you may qualify for financial assistance with your childcare
expenses. To find out more call Child Care Aware of America toll-free at 1-800-424-2246.
FOSTER CARE: If you are unable to care for your child at home at this time, you may place your child in
foster care. Foster care means your child would be taken care of for a temporary period of time with the goal of
helping you make a plan for your child to return home to you.
EMERGENCY SHELTER: If you are in a crisis situation or in transition and do not have a place to live, you
may be able to find a place to live in a short-term shelter. For domestic violence help, call the National
Domestic Violence Hotline toll-free at 1-800-799-7233.
COUNSELING SERVICES: Your counselor can help refer you to a range of therapeutic programs. Services are
offered by professional counselors or through self-help programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Parents
Anonymous (for parents who are experiencing parental stress, etc.).
PARENTAL SUPPORT: Whenever possible, Adoptions With Love, Inc. strongly encourages each pregnant woman to
share the fact of her pregnancy and the impending birth of her child with appropriate family members. It may be
possible that the family could provide both emotional and financial help.
SINGLE PARENTHOOD: For some women facing an unplanned pregnancy, single parenthood may be an option.
Today there are many women who raise children as single parents. The other resources discussed in this hand-out
may be available to you.