In the interest of protecting human life and offering women in crisis pregnancy situations viable alternatives to abortion, RLM fully supports the option of adoption. In supporting this, we realize that adoption will not be the choice of every woman facing a crisis pregnancy, but it is a choice that should be available in her decision making.
While there is a surplus of families waiting several years to adopt a child into their home, there are women today being convinced that abortion or child rearing are their only choices. It is important that women in this crisis situation be presented with the life giving choice of adoption and to be informed of the resources available to them.
In every adoption situation, there are three primary parties involved: the child, the birth parents and adoptive parents. We recognize and wish to emphasize that the needs and special interests of each of these parties should be given utmost consideration. We also wish to reaffirm and support the secondary parties to adoption: adoption agencies, government institutions, abortion alternative center, and other supportive organizations.
Our efforts to promote adoption will be directed in three major areas: education, procedural and legal improvements and enhancing maternal and adoption support services.
- Education: Protection of adoption as a positive alternative through the mass media, social institutions and grassroots organizations.
- Improvements: Enhance the efficiency of the adoption process by:
- Researching and identifying the best adoption methods,
- Developing uniformity in procedural requirements,
- Placing more emphasis on special-needs adoptions, and
- Increasing coordination of adoption efforts.
Support Services: Draw attention to the additional resources, both human and financial, needed by organizations which provide pregnancy counseling, material support, residential placement and alternative educational opportunities.
(February 13, 1991)