Monday, June 21, 2010

16 and Pregnant

Many don't know this, but my mom was adopted as a 15 month old baby. I have always had a special place in my heart for adopted babies. Jon and I would really like to adopt at some point. We recently looked into adoptions from China, but because of the cost, and the fact that so many kids in our own country need homes, we feel that's not what the Lord would have for us.

As Adah gets older (now 15 month) I cant help but think of what my moms birth mother went through to come to the point of giving her baby that she had for over a year up for adoption. She was very young (14) and the circumstances behind her decision made her feel that it was the right one. She had the opportunity to bless my grandparents (who could not have children) with a beautiful blond haired, blue eyed toddler.

As we have looked further into domestic adoption, I came across Bethany Christian Services. It is a christian based adoption agency that deals not only with foreign and domestic adoptions, but also pregnancy counseling. Something else that caught my eye was a link that Bethany Christian Services was an episode of 16 and Pregnant.

16 and Pregnant is a show on MTV that documents a young girls journey as they are pregnant at such a young age. I have seen this show a few times via and have been so saddened because most of the girls choose to keep their baby and the show documents the struggle of the girls becoming mothers, and wanting some kind of social life at the same time. Don't get me wrong I think what they are doing is so much more courageous than abortion, but these girls are obviously very immature to be having a baby and caring for it.

Catelynn is one girl on 16 and Pregnant that makes a different choice than the rest of the girls. She chooses to give her baby up for adoption. Bethany Christian services plays a huge roll in helping her give her baby to a very loving couple.

You can watch the whole episode HERE. I am warning you however, that this is not by any means from a christian perspective. The content is not anything shocking, but it is a production of MTV. If you do watch it, keep some tissues next to you because it is really a tearjerker with a wonderful ending.

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