“I was too young to care for a baby and I knew, even at 16, that I couldn’t take care of her. I knew she needed a mom and a dad. The Idaho Youth Ranch Adoptions staff members were able to pick up on what I wanted for my daughter and found the perfect parents. I wasn’t prepared for the emotions and difficulty I faced because I didn’t know you could love someone so much.
One of the social workers helped me with a plan that provided the best future for my daughter. She also helped me with court dates, attorneys, scheduling and counseling. Basically, there isn’t anything that the staff didn’t help me with. While it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, I know it’s the best thing I could ever do for my daughter.”
“Because I wasn’t married and had a great career, I didn’t feel I was ready to be a parent. I felt that I would be okay and it would be better knowing that my baby would be with a family who wanted children.
The counseling provided by the Idaho Youth Ranch Adoptions staff was comprehensive—from beginning to end. My counselor wanted to make sure I was okay with my decision. That was her number one priority.
The most difficult part was working through the magnitude of the process and ensuring that afterwards I would feel great about my decision. I attribute this to the adoptions counselor and her ability to help me work through the process.
I would advise all birth moms to gather all information, not hold anything out, explore all options and be informed. I didn’t believe this is something I could ever do, but now I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
To get in touch with an Idaho Youth Ranch Adoptions Specialist:
(208) 667-1898 (daytime)
(208) 818-6124 (after hours)