The Utah Adoption Council School Presentation, "Considering Adoption" is a tool available to educators that is intended to express the support available to birth parents through an adoption plan, the beauty of building a family through adoption, factual information, as well as an opportunity for students to consider adoption as a positive option to pregnancy.
While providing factual information and familiarity with terminology, the presentation also allows time for students to process the implications associated with parenting a child as a teenager and resources to reach-out to trusted adoption professionals for further education.
Along with the materials provided, the presentation is designed for educators to invite a panel of adoption professionals, birthparents, adoptees and adoptive parents. The panel enriches the presentation, provides more depth to the discussion and allows students to meet and interact with individuals intimately involved with adoption.
For your convenience, a list of adoption professionals available to provide assistance with the presentation, “Considering Adoption” is available along with the presentation and handout. You may contact the professionals directly or contact Steve Sunday, UAC School Presentation Committee Chair, at for further assistance or information regarding the Utah Adoption Council. The Utah Adoption Council welcomes feedback on the curriculum along with ideas that would enrich the presentation or assist in reaching students with the positive message of adoption. This information can also be forwarded to Steve Sunday at the email address provided above. The Utah Adoption Council would like to take this opportunity to thank you for providing a safe environment to educate and spread the positive message of adoption to students you have the opportunity to reach through your profession.
The National Council for Adoption estimates that 60% of people have a personal connection to adoption and that nearly 20,000 domestic infants are placed for adoption each year in the United States. With only 50% of teen moms receiving a high school diploma by the age of 22 versus 90% who did not give birth during adolescences, it is the hope of the Utah Adoption Council that educators will see the need for providing accurate information on adoption, the many options available through adoption, dispelling inaccurate information and providing a safe environment to consider adoption as a positive option to pregnancy.