Tuesday, February 12, 2019

An Adoption Story

Tina arrived at the center alone.  At 15, she was scared.  As a follower of Jesus Christ, she was praying she was not pregnant.  She hoped a test would calm her worst fears.

When the test came back positive, abortion was pretty much out of the question.   Raised in a Christian home Tina knew that God had a plan for every life He created.   

Her parents were very clear that they would love her, and support the decision she made, but they would not be raising this baby or supporting her so that she could raise a baby.  Tina would have to find a way to complete high school, work so that she could provide for and raise both herself and a baby.

That is one of the reasons teenagers are abortion-vulnerable – fear of how will I care for this baby, where will I live, how can I go to school, work, and raise a child.  Abortion can easily become the “path of least resistance.”

But not for Tina, she set out to learn about adoption.

Tina wanted to be a parent that would raise her child, and not place him or her in the hands of daycare or babysitter.  She wanted nice things for her baby, she wanted her baby to have a daddy in the home, loving, caring and supporting the family.  She knew that at this time in her life, these were things that were out of reach for her and her baby.  After weighing the pros and cons, after learning as much as she could about adoption it seemed the best choice for her child, was to find a family that could love, cherish, and provide as she could not. 

2 days after the birth of her son, Tina handed the care and protection of her baby boy to the family that she had chosen.  It was hard, but she didn’t regret this decision.  She still would see her baby and receive cards and pictures from the adoptive family.   

That is unconditional love.