Adoptions Together was founded on the principles of inclusivity, acceptance, and social justice. Although Friday’s Supreme Court decision was not a surprise, we are still trying to process the potential impact, and know there will be far reaching implications for women and children throughout our country. We also know the impact will be most significant for those who already lack access to resources and support. As an organization, we will continue to be guided by our core values that center the importance of family well-being, self-determination, and access to reproductive health services for all.
We remain committed to providing all-options counseling in response to an unintended pregnancy. All-options counseling includes unbiased, transparent information about parenting, abortion, and adoption. Adoptions Together will continue to provide case management services to help expectant parents feel equipped to manage the complexity of whatever path they pursue.
Leading up to this ruling, we have seen the commodification of children and the weaponization of adoption on all sides of this debate. We know that adoption can be a beautiful way to build a family, and we cannot ignore the loss, grief, and pain that often exists for all members of the adoption constellation. The decision to place a child for adoption has been painted as an easy solution to the lack of access to safe and legal reproductive health care. This narrative is false and dangerous and minimizes the lifelong impact that an adoption plan has on both birth parents and the children that they choose to place.
There is fear that this decision is the beginning of new laws and future Supreme Court decisions that will threaten voting rights, civil rights, protections for the LGBTQ+ community, and access to contraception. In the face of an ever-changing and uncertain landscape, Adoptions Together stands firm in our conviction to advocate for, value, and serve every child, every family, every step of the way.