It is the mission of Options Beyond Adoption to provide another choice, another option to women who have an unplanned pregnancy. Our new option is for the expectant mother who wants to keep her child, but believes her circumstances right now do not allow for her to raise her baby.
We will allow the expectant mother to choose volunteer guardians for her baby. These volunteer guardians will care for the child and work with the mother to help her get to the point where she can care for her child herself. The volunteer guardians agree to return the baby to the mother when the mother believes she is ready to raise her child.
The expectant mother will also be provided a list of attorneys who will help her with her questions about guardianship. She will choose her own attorney. After the baby is born, if the mother still wants to have her chosen volunteer guardians raise her child until she becomes capable, she will provide her volunteer guardians with a medical power of attorney.
Options Beyond Adoption expects to provide help and hope in the form of the following services:
- Provide women with an unplanned pregnancy the option to select a volunteer guardian for her baby until she is capable of raising her baby herself. We will provide a list of volunteer guardians, approved by the Options Beyond Adoption board, for her to choose from.
- Her selected volunteer guardians and the expectant mother will immediately enter into a mentorship relationship. They will work together to produce a plan, with a specified time frame, to meet her needs. This plan will have milestones for the mother to meet so she can recover from her current problems and move towards a situation that allows her to care for her child herself.
- The mother and volunteer guardians will meet frequently during the pregnancy and after the baby is born. The mentorship relationship between them is critical to the successful and timely return of the baby to the mother.
Options Beyond Adoption is established as a non-profit corporation under the applicable laws of the State of New Mexico and is a non-profit corporation with tax exempt status under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our office will initially be housed at 7729 RC Gorman NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87122, but may move as our successes increase.