If you do not want an abortion, but cannot or do not want to raise a child, adoption may be a good choice for you.
In an adoption, a person or couple—the adoptive parent(s)—becomes the legal parent(s) of your child. They will raise your child. Your rights and responsibilities end.
In some adoptions, you give up the right to contact the child again. In other adoptions, which are called open adoptions, you may be able to continue to have contact with the child and the adoptive parents.
Deciding what to do about your pregnancy is a big decision. Think about it carefully. You may also want to read other parts of this guide that explain the kinds of help and support available to young parents in California.