My monthly cycle hasn’t shown up yet. I’m scared & anxious – I mean I’m in high school & 17! I’m a “good” Christian girl, who’s not married. If I’m pregnant my life will suddenly be different.
What if we search online to get answers about where we can go to get rid of the situation? What’s this … Starting Point? I know we’re in shock & panicked but I’ll call & maybe we can go there.
Everyone here at Starting Point is so kind & welcoming. This lady is telling me about all my options … abortion, adoption & parenting. I’m glad she gave me that info … now I have the information & answers I need to make the right decision for my life.
That was nearly 4 years ago but I remember it all so well. What’s the rest of my story?
Well … life continued after having my son & going through the open adoption process. It wasn’t easy at first.
I struggled to get back to feeling ‘normal’, especially being so young, & with my friends being in very different places in their lives than me. I eased my way back into hanging out with friends while dealing with the fact that I just had my baby & he was not with me.
I’ve always been at peace with my decision to do an open adoption, but peace does not always mean decisions are easy. Peace in this instance, to me, means you know what is best & you know you made the right decision.
My life continued with very exciting moments, such as graduating from Mount Vernon High School, attending my son’s baby dedication at their church, & moving-in as a freshman at Indiana Wesleyan University.
I’ve made great friends at IWU & am pursuing a degree in Social Work. This coming fall I will be a senior & am excited for what God has in-store for me over this coming year!
I am very grateful that over these last few years I’ve been able to maintain the open adoption aspects. More specifically, I’ve been able to visit with my son & his family, see him become a big brother, & be a part of his life. I love him dearly & am very excited to continue being a part of his & his family’s life in years to come!
I would definitely recommend Starting Point to anyone who finds themselves pregnant unexpectedly. They provided many helpful services, including information on adoption if that’s the route a birth mother wanted to take, or consider. They’re very welcoming, comforting, loving, & they truly care about each individual who walks through their doors (or even calls ).