Mature Women Planning Adoption

  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
You may use the stars on the left to rate and leave feedback for the current article. No registration is required. Waiting for 5 votes 0.0 of 5 stars (0 votes) — Thanks for your vote

Please fill out the following optional information before submitting your rating:

mature women planning adoption

Although most women with crisis pregnancies who choose adoption are in their late teens or early twenties, there are also women in their late twenties and thirties and even forties who choose adoption for their children.

They may be married and already have three, four or more children. Faced with an unplanned pregnancy but morally opposed to abortion, they view adoption as a loving solution. Other mature women may be divorced or divorcing, or they may be single women.

Few adoption agencies are structured to deal with mature women; instead, their informational packets and counseling are more oriented to teenagers with crisis pregnancies. There are, however, agencies that offer separate living quarters and specially designed programs for this age group.

Social workers should realize that mature women with unplanned pregnancies also need positive support and do not desire patronizing attitudes.

Some mature women have asked agencies for help only to be turned away and told to come back in their last trimester if they still want help. Such action does not allow the woman a chance to receive counseling and other services. If she is turned away, she is deprived of needed assistance to plan for her child's future and her own future as well, and this action can severely inhibit the success of an adoption plan should the birthmother desire adoption.

Whether they are considering adoption or not, such women need information and assistance to help them gain necessary prenatal care. They may also need income and shelter to avoid the plight of homelessness or physical abuse by the father of the baby.

The Nurturing Network was formed by Mary Cunningham Agee to assist college age and career women facing a CRISIS PREGNANCY. Founded on Mother's Day in 1987, Agee and her network of families and individuals nationwide provide housing, financial assistance, medical assistance, prenatal classes and other needs.

Agee founded her organization when she realized women over age 20 faced the greatest difficulty in obtaining assistance during a crisis pregnancy. Some of the women Agee has assisted have made adoption plans while others have chosen to parent their children. Agee and her fellow networkers have helped over 700 women since the inception of the program.

For further information about the Nurturing Network, contact

The Nurturing Network
1235 University Blvd.
The Campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville
Steubenville, OH 43952

Find more information on mature women planning adoption

Visitor Comments (0) - Be the first to comment
Adding your comments contributes to the adoption community. Please keep all comments on topic and civil. Visitors are invited to comment and vote for or flag comments based on appropriateness and helpfulness. All comments must adhere to our commenting rules and are subject to moderation.

To see local Adoption resources, please select a location (U.S. only):

Need a Home Study?
Adoption Photolisting
Newton (PA / 15 / M)
Meet Newton, a young man in need of a loving and supportive family. He describes some of his strengths as his ability to be creative, funny, talkative, hardworking, and he's kind... [more]
Parent Profiles
We are a goofy couple that loves to have fun. Our interests include traveling, movies, reading, Disney, playing with our pugs, watching jeopardy, & laughing. We have been... [more]
Directory of Adoption Professionals
Find a professional
for all of your adoption needs including:

Note: Our authors are dedicated to honest, engaged, informed, intelligent, and open conversation about adoption. The opinions expressed here may not reflect the views of

Settings Help Feedback
Template Settings
Width: 1024     1280
Choose a Location:
Choose a Theme: