There may be times when a mother facing an unplanned pregnancy may feel completely unequipped to parent her child. She may feel her only option is to kill her preborn child. Pro-life individuals touch lives by helping women place their baby or child for adoption. It is important to show women on your campus that adoption can be the answer to all of her fears.
When talking with adopted parents or foster parents, no matter what circumstances were that brought that child into their lives, be it genetics or adoption, they love that child dearly.
Some adopted parents have suffered under the scrutiny of strangers. Looks of confusion when the skin of their child is a bit darker than their own, a blondie found among a family of red heads, or a nose that doesn’t quite look like Mom or Dad’s. Questions like, “I know she isn’t your child, but is she, you know, yours“? Of course she is! No matter how a child came into their family, their union should be handled with compassion and love. Families that bring-up an adopted child should celebrated, not be scrutinized.
Adoptees are some of the strongest people in the world. They not only have to push through the emotional struggle of not knowing their birth parents, but they sometimes look so different from their family that they must overcome the idea that complete strangers know that they came into their family through adoption.
Most women who place their child for adoption faced an unplanned pregnancy and may have considered aborting their preborn children. Pro-lifers should rejoice with a person who has been adopted…that person’s very life may have been saved because of adoption!
Today, 46% of abortions are performed on college aged women, which means that women on campuses across the country are facing unplanned pregnancies and need to hear the message of adoption. Here are some ways Students for Life groups can take action on their campus:
- Host a member of the adoption triad to speak (adoptee, adoptive parent, birth parent)
- Promote/raise money for adoption ministries and advocacy groups such as
Adoptions By Gladney
Dave Thomas Foundation
National Council for Adoption
National Adoption Day
The Radiance Foundation
Catelynn and Tyler of 16 & Pregnant
On Your Feet Foundation
- Watch and promote pro-adoption movies such as: Bella, Juno, Penny Serenade, Meet the Robinsons and August Rush
- Promote adoption songs such as: Temporary Home, by Carrie Underwood; Everything to Me, by Mark Shultz; and When Love Takes You In, by Steven Curtis Chapman
- Organize a flyer campaign with the flyers below!
- Chalk facts about adoptions on your campus sidewalks
- Volunteer with local Pregnancy Help Centers
Participating in National Adoption Month is our chance to stand united with all members of the adoption trid. It is our chance to not only save babies, but to celebrate with those who are adopting and to help women facing unplanned pregnancies!
Organize a flyer campaign!
Week 1: Post these flyers around your campus:
Week 2: Replace the flyers from week 1 with these flyers!