If you are facing an unexpected and unplanned pregnancy, Wyoming and Colorado Children’s Society is here to support you, provide you information about your options and allow you to make the decision that is best for you and your baby. We serve birthparents living in Wyoming and Colorado.
Our compassionate and experienced staff is ready to help you. We have worked with birthparents just like you for over a century. You are not alone and we are here for you.
Why Choose Us?
When you first discover you are pregnant you may feel hopeless and alone. We are here to provide you with non-judgmental, balanced and compassionate support as you explore your options. Whatever your decision, you will experience loss and grief. You deserve support and understanding. Let us help you as you make a decision that is best for you.
WHAT WYOMING AND COLORADO CHILDREN’S SOCIETY CAN OFFER YOU:
- Free and confidential support and services
- Assistance with housing, transportation, medical expenses and other financial needs
- Compassionate and experienced staff to assist you
- Pregnancy support services to help you explore all your options
- Follow-up support
- Staff who are available 24 hours/day
WYOMING AND COLORADO CHILDREN’S SOCIETY IS:
- A fully-licensed agency serving birthparents since 1911
- Licensed in Wyoming and Colorado
- Private and non-profit
- Statewide services available
Free Pregnancy Services
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, Wyoming and Colorado Children’s Society is here to provide the help and support you need at a difficult time in your life. For over 100 years, we have provided support and guidance to women in need.
The decision you make concerning your pregnancy will clearly impact you and your baby’s lives. It’s your choice. We can provide you with information on each of your choices and discuss each option, which will allow you the opportunity to make an informed decision concerning what is best for you and your baby.
Our professional staff are compassionate and experienced. We have worked with thousands of pregnant women who also faced this decision. While your situation is unique to you, you are not alone. There are other women who would gladly talk to you about their decision-making process and share their experiences with you.
Regardless of your decision, our support and services are available to you now and for years to come.
We can provide you with the following emotional and financial support:
• The opportunity to connect with other women who have made this decision
• Individual counseling and support
• Support and understanding 24 hours/day
• Financial assistance for housing, food, transportation and prenatal care
• Information and resources for each of your options
Women facing unplanned pregnancies have many options available to them. Each of your options has consequences. It is important that you learn as much as possible about all your options so you can make a well-informed decision.
The decision is yours to make. Family and friends may support you and allow you to make this decision or they may try to influence your decision. Just remember, you do not have to make a decision today. Take time to discuss your choices and make a decision that will empower you. Regardless of your decision, we are committed to assisting and supporting you during your pregnancy and thereafter.
Your options include:
Parenting is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. It is a wonderful experience if you are fully prepared and you have support. In order to determine if you are ready for this responsibility, you must honestly review where you are in your life and discuss this with your social worker to evaluate your readiness.
- Can you financially support a baby?
- Do you understand the needs and developmental stages of infancy, childhood and adolescence?
- Do you have childcare plans when you return to work or school?
- Are you emotionally stable and ready for the stressors that come with parenting?
- Who will be your support system?
- How will the father of the baby be involved? Will he be able to help you with parenting?
- What are your career goals? What are your educational goals?
- Can you provide for your child’s needs?
If you decide parenting is the right decision for you, Wyoming and Colorado Children’s Society can refer you to the following community resources to help you successfully parent your child:
- Prenatal/Childbirth Education
- Parenting Classes/Child Development Classes
- Financial Assistance Programs
- Day Care
- Job Training/Career Development
- Continuing Education programs
Making an adoption plan is a loving and selfless decision. It is a responsible plan and takes time and commitment on your part.
If you choose to make an adoption plan, you have many decisions to make. Adoption has changed greatly over the years. Today, you can choose the family to parent your child. You can meet them and decide how much communication and contact you would like with the adoptive family following placement. Your social worker will help you throughout this process and after the placement to ensure you are healing and feeling at peace with your decision.
Making an adoption plan is as unique and special as each of the parties involved and therefore these are guidelines only.
If you would like to view profiles of families waiting to adopt please click here.
TYPES OF ADOPTION:
- Open Adoption – In an open adoption, the birthparents can decide the level of communication. It is a relationship between the birthfamily and the adoptive family. The relationship is built on mutual trust and respect and always honors the best interest of the child. Open adoption may involve sharing identifying information such as last names, phone numbers, place of residence and email addresses. Letter and photos are shared directly between the parties. Visits can occur following placement as often as agreed upon by the adoptive parents and the birthparents. It is important that the expectations of each party be openly discussed prior to placement.
- Semi-Open Adoption – In a semi-open adoption, the birthparents usually select the family by reviewing profiles of waiting families. They will then meet the family, although identifying information is not shared. Communication is facilitated through Wyoming and Colorado Children’s Society. The adoptive family will send letters and photos through the agency to the birthparents. Visits may occur after placement, and all visits are facilitated by the agency.
- Closed Adoption – In a closed adoption, the birthparents may choose to select the adoptive family for their child or request that the agency select the family. Customarily a closed adoption indicates that the birthparents do not wish to have visits or ongoing contact with the adoptive family prior to or after the baby is placed.
Wyoming and Colorado Children’s Society does not provide termination counseling. If you have experienced termination of a pregnancy and are dealing with feelings of grief and loss, we can assist you in accessing support services.