Questions to Consider

The many questions and decisions surrounding an unplanned pregnancy can be overwhelming. COBYS birth parent counselors help clients sort through questions like these:

  • What are my educational and career goals? How would a child fit into those goals? Am I willing to give up or postpone these goals to parent a child?
  • Am I financially able to provide for a child for the next 18 years?
  • Would my family and friends be supportive of my decision to parent? To have an abortion? To choose adoption?
  • Do I enjoy children?
  • Could I have a child live with me in my current living situation?
  • How would parenting influence my social life? Who do I know who will support me through this process?
  • Would I be able to work through the grief of having another family parent my child?
  • Do I know how to care for a child?
  • Does my partner want to have a child? Is our relationship strong enough to parent a child together, or would I be a single parent? What does my partner think about adoption?

[Fostering and fostering to adopt is] a way for us to live out our pro-life beliefs and to impact our local community positively. We have the resources and desire to provide permanent homes for kids who need them. – COBYS Resource Parents