Our use of the terms “putting up” or “giving up” does not reflect how we feel about adoptive placement. These terms remain the most widely used search terms for those who are considering adoption for their baby, and we wish to reach all who seek this important information.

What are my unplanned pregnancy options in California?

Facing an unexpected pregnancy without a solid plan for raising a child can be scary. Not knowing what to do and being forced to make a decision can be frustrating and lead to feelings of hopelessness. It is important to know support is available. Take time during your pregnancy to think and talk things through however you need.

In California, you have a few options for an unplanned pregnancy. You can choose to develop an adoption plan, parent, or arrange for an abortion all within CA legally. Remember that the decision is yours to make. If you have any questions or need support we are here to help you in any way we can.

Three main options—parenting, adoption, abortion:

  • Choosing to parent—decide to see the pregnancy to full term, give birth and parent the child.
  • Adoption —give birth and decide to place your child with another person or family permanently to legally be raised and parented by them.
  • Abortion —take medication or have a medical procedure that will terminate the pregnancy.
  1. Choosing to Parent in CA:

    There are many things to consider when you make this decision and some of those factors can include your current life stage and support from the baby’s father, or family and friends. Are you financially and socially in a place to parent?

    In California, if you are in need of it, there are various social services options to help with financial assistance if you decide to parent but are worried about your financial situation. Questions to consider if you are wanting to parent:

    • Can you financially support yourself and another child as they grow?
    • Do you have family and friends that can help you throughout this process?
    • Does the child’s father want to be a part of the plan?
    • Are you married to the child’s father or do you know who he is?
    • Will you be able to achieve your long term goals in order to make life better for yourself and your child?
    • Will you have to give anything up in order to parent a child at this time? Are you willing to give those things up at this time and is that what’s best for you and the baby?
  2. Choosing Adoption in California:

    If you are thinking about placing your child for adoption in California some things to consider are the type of adoption you would like to have and what to expect throughout the process.

    Today, most adoptions have some level of openness and you can choose to have some sort of relationship with the hopeful Adoptive Parents. Each adoption is unique and it truly is dependent on what you feel comfortable with in your situation.

    In California, Adoptive Parents are allowed to pay for maternity-connected medical or hospital and necessary living expenses of a Birth Mothe as long as the payment is not contingent on placement of the child for adoption, consent to the adoption or cooperation of the adoption. It will be unlawful for Birth Mothers to accept payments that exceed reasonable maternity-related medical and hospital costs and necessary living expenses. Adoption Network Law Center can let you know exactly what we would be able to provide for you, just contact us whenever you have any questions.

  3. Choosing Abortion in CA:

    If you believe that terminating the pregnancy is the best option for you then abortion can be your resource when you face an unplanned pregnancy. We have a page that discusses the different aspects of choosing the option to abort which you can read about here : https://adoptionnetwork.com/unplanned-pregnancy-options/abortion.

    Keep in mind that no matter what you choose, the decision is yours. If you need help deciding what option is best for you please feel free to contact one of our adoption specialists with any questions you might have about all the options you are facing with an unplanned pregnancy.