Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, Mormons) believe that the family unit is the most important part of each member's life.
LDS Family Services are located in most major cities throughout America, as well as Australia, the UK, New Zealand and Japan and are ready and willing to help women who find themselves with unplanned pregnancies through counseling and spiritual support.
To find yourself with an unplanned pregnancy can seem daunting and overwhelming. To be facing that prospect alone is even harder. LDS Family Services will provide emotional support through counseling to any adult or teenager that finds herself in this position.
Expectant girls and women are able to receive assistance in arranging needed medical care and temporary housing during the pregnancy. In some cases, they may help select the adoptive couple for the baby. All of these services are provided through LDS Family Services at no cost, and a bishop's referral is not required.
The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will help find an LDS family to adopt her child knowing the child will be raised in the same faith and beliefs as the mother. The LDS Church recognizes that the decision to place an infant for adoption can be a wrenching one, yet supports adoption as an act of selflessness and profound love.
The LDS Church believes that every effort should be made to assist young women who conceive out of wedlock to first try to establish an eternal family relationship. If the unwed parents are unable or unwilling to marry, they are then encouraged to place the child for adoption, preferably through LDS Family Services.
The Church stresses that unwed parents who do not marry should not be urged to keep the infant as a condition of repentance or out of some desire to care for one's own. It is vitally important when making an adoption decision to consider the best interests of the child first and foremost.
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