created at: 2014-01-10Just as the make-up of the American family has changed over the last few decades, so has the face of adoption at JF&CS. Where societal biases once existed against single parents, same-sex couples, and multi-racial families, today those adoptive parents are commonplace.

A generation or two ago, women placed their babies for adoption mainly due to societal pressure. The concept of an unmarried, pregnant woman flew in the face of societal norms and social mores; those women who brought their babies to term were often forced to give them up for adoption and had little if any say in the matter of the adoptive parents.

Today, most women who place their babies for adoption do so for more varied reasons. Women who are living marginally might realize that they cannot support a child or divert resources away from their other children. Through hospitals, social workers, Planned Parenthood, and/or adoption lawyers, many are referred to JF&CS Adoption Resources, where they can learn about the option of adoption, make an adoption plan, and select and meet the adoptive family.

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