If You're Thinking of Becoming a Single Mom

Consider Your Options

There are two ways to become a single parent: through conception or adoption. Within these basic categories, there are a number of options to consider.

Conception can occur through sex with a partner, insemination by a known donor, or insemination by an unknown donor.

Adoption can occur independently or through an agency; can be open (you and your child remain in touch with the biological parents) or closed; and can happen in the United States or abroad. You can choose to adopt an infant or an older child, with or without special needs.

Each of these options has pros and cons. If you're unsure of the direction you wish to take, talk with other women who have made the choice through support organizations like Single Mothers by Choice (www.singlemothersbychoice.com).

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