I don't think anyone is prepared to make this choice we had to, or have to make. Especially at 24, I was not the characteristic, stereotyped, teenage pregnancy dilemma. I didn't contact an adoption agency as soon as soon as I figured out I was pregnant. (I ignored the "growing" problem.)
What I did do was go to good ole' trusted google to start sourcing out adoption agencies I liked. After going through bland after bland site, with nothing I was connecting too, I clicked on Sunrise. I began looking through their pages and pages, of great information for adoptive parents, birth parents, and was captured by their way of introducing families. These beautiful one page profiles. On this one page, I was shown a fantastic glimpse of prospective families looking to adopt.
After looking through these profiles, I knew exactly who I wanted, from this open window into peoples hearts, in just a few paragraphs, I had picked who I felt would love and cherish this beautiful thing I was about to share with them.
To be honest, I didn't even contact Sunrise myself! They got the phone call while I was screaming in the hospital! (Not ideal, I can promise you that, but it worked out for me.) As I was in the hospital one of the sunrise representatives came to talk to me, (in lighting speed she was there!) Angie discussed with me, my options, the processes of adoption, and asked if there was a family I was interested in after I told her I had looked at profiles on the website. This calm, cool, collected woman, managed to soothe me in a matter of moments, on literally the most stressful and painful day of my life so far.
Sunrise has been with me from that day in the hospital to now at almost 2 years later! Continuing in their calm, cool, collected fashion, which sometimes you really need in times of hectic chaos! If I ever need someone to talk to, some advice on adoption, help with adoptive parents and conversations, how to begin to heal my heart, and who to reach out to, Sunrise has taken my hand. From a situation I wouldn't ever call the best or ideal, I've gotten the utmost love, care, and respect from people I hardly knew. I cherish all of the help they've been and never expected such kindness in my moment of turmoil...