This is a beautiful story of a family who adopted.
A Nebraska couple who adopted two little boys from foster care put even more smiles on their faces by adopting all six of their brothers- who range from a baby to teenagers — the last of whom they welcomed into their home on National Adoption Day on Sunday.
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State teen pregnancy rates provide information for people who work in education, churches, and for families. It is important to be informed.
State teen pregnancy rates have been released indicating that New Mexico has the highest rates of teen pregnancies in the United States. However, the statistics showed that teen pregnancy and teen abortion rates have declined across the nation, and the rate of teen abortions hit their lowest levels since the legalization of abortion in 1973. Click here to learn more.
How do church leaders deal with teen pregnancy and youth groups? This article provides a few guidelines for youth leaders.
It’s a tough one this week, the question of the week. Last week I got into contact with a British youth worker who was wondering how to approach the situation of a teen in her youth group being pregnant. I figured it was a good topic to write a bit about, since unfortunately it’s something we can all encounter. What do you need do when a teen in our youth group is pregnant?
There are a few practical things to consider and then there’s the more emotional and pastoral stuff. Let’s start with a few practical guidelines you’ll need to remember when dealing with a teenage pregnancy in your youth group: Click here to find out more.
Teen pregnancy is frequently an unplanned event. This post is an encouraging one for families.
“She’s pregnant, Carole,” My grammie said to my mother as I prayed this wasn’t really happening. I can still remember the look of devastation written all over my mother’s face when I told her the news. I was 13 weeks pregnant, and I still had my senior year of high school to finish. As I sat on the couch, praying the floor would open up and swallow me, my mama walked out of the room whispering, “I thought I raised you better than this.”
My mother was filled with dread and worry as she tried to process the news and grieve the dreams she had for me. At the same time, I was trying to adjust to the idea of high school and motherhood. Being a teenager and not emotionally mature, I was scared that the father of my baby wouldn’t be there … and what about college? What about the rest of my life? Click here to read the rest of the article.
One issue that I have run into as well as many other women trying to get pregnant is the lack of a period. I was never regular even as a teen. My doctor at the time put me on the pill in the hope of regulating my periods. I don’t know if that might have done more harm than good though, studies are pretty mixed in that department.
What is the pill though, basically hormones being put into your body to stimulate your ovaries and a few other things. What happens when that doesn’t work though? I went almost a year without a period, I had tests done and ultra sounds to check my ovaries to look for cysts a common problem and nothing.
What I found out though is that yes, it is possible to ovulate without having a period. It’s not as common but it is possible.
A Dusty Diamond,
What is Cradle Care?
That is a good question, cradle care is a foster home that your child will go to once being released from the hospital if you so choose. I chose to put my child in cradle care after I was released from the hospital to make sure that adoption was really what I wanted.
I know that I was also in a foster home as a newborn, I enjoyed reading through some of the notes that my foster mother wrote about me as a new born. I can feel her love for me through her words. It must take amazing people to care for newborns and not get too attached.
My plan after having my son was to put him in cradle care for two weeks, so that I knew that I had made the right choice, but still left myself options. It ended up being shorter than the two weeks because I knew after being home for a day that adoption was the best option for me.
I’m so grateful to families that open up their homes for young mother’s like I was, to give us time. If you are a foster mother, all I can say is Thank You and God Bless You.
Cradle care is also a great way for the adoptive families to come and visit and see how they get on with a new born.
A Dusty Diamond,
The Birth Mom
One question I get asked a lot is why did I choose an adoption plan for my child? Let me first say that it is not an easy decision and I went back and forth a lot.
What it ultimately came down to for me was, could I provide everything my child deserved? No, at seventeen I could barely take care of myself let alone a child. I wanted him to have the best chance of a future with two parents that loved him and knew that he would have the best chance of that if I chose an adoption plan.
This gut wrenching choice does not come without consequences, but most adoption agencies provide counseling for the months and I was better prepared because of it.
A Dusty Diamond,