Once I made the decision not to have an abortion, I needed to take a good look at all of my options. I did not know very much about adoption at all. I had heard of open adoption before, but did not know anything about it. I was given a list of local adoption agencies from Life Services. I decided call Nancy Johnson from Spokane Consultants in Family Living. When we met, she answered all of my questions. She made me feel so supported. After we talked, I really felt like adoption would be the best option for me. One of the deciding factors for me was that I really wanted my baby to have a dad. I loved her with my whole heart, and I wanted to give her everything she deserved. She deserved a father, and that was something that I would not be able to give her. Yes, I know that God is her ultimate father, but I feel like a physical father is also very important.
I felt like, when it came down to it, I was still a kid myself. I was not ready to raise one. Sure, I was “mature for my age,” but I did not have the emotional or mental stability to support a child. I realized that I still had a lot of growing up to do.
|"This is my favorite happy ending." ~Amanda Young|
|A gift from God! Elliana's adoptive family.|