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Pregnancy Counselling

It is normal to feel confused, alone and/or overwhelmed when facing an unplanned pregnancy. You may want help to explore options and decide what is best for you and your baby.

Beginnings has been serving individuals and couples facing unplanned pregnancies since 1985. A Beginnings counsellor can help answer your questions in a safe, caring environment. Considering your options with a supportive, trained counsellor can help you decide what is best for you and your baby.

Our services to birth parents include:

  • Free pregnancy counselling and pregnancy support
  • Licensed, private open adoption services
  • Short-term foster care (if needed)
  • Post-adoption counselling
  • Community resource assistance

“When I found out I was pregnant, I felt scared and alone. I had so many fears and questions. I wasn’t sure what to do or who to talk to about it.”

Professional Counselling

Service Fees

All of our services to birth parents are free.

Call Beginnings now toll free on 1 877 528 6665 and let us help you.

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What counselling services does Beginnings offer women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy?
  • Pregnancy testing, options counselling, and support services
  • Licensed private open adoption services
  • Short term foster care
  • Post- adoption counselling
  • Community resource referral
Is there any cost for birth parent counselling?

There are no costs.

What if birth parents can’t come to a Beginnings office to meet with a counsellor?

Counsellors will come to meet birth parents in their community. If they live beyond a reasonable driving distance, Beginnings will arrange for a counsellor in the client’s community. Skype is also a way to meet “over the phone” and face to face with a Beginnings staff person.

What counselling services does Beginnings offer birth fathers?

Yes. The same counselling options are available to men who are considered or named as birth fathers.

Is Beginnings a licensed adoption agency?

Yes. Beginnings is licensed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to provide adoption services in Ontario. Beyond Ontario, adoption services are presently on a case by case basis in provinces and territories that have provision for private adoption.

Why are foster homes needed?

Foster or Care homes are needed when a child is born without a plan of care. It may be that a birth mother is not sure about her decision to parent or make an adoption plan. Her child can stay with one of Beginnings approved foster parents for a short term stay (up to 30 days) until she makes her decision.

Can birth parents visit their child in foster care?

Yes. Arrangements are made with the foster parents to visit regularly. Extended family members can also visit.

Are Beginnings foster care parents trained and experienced?

Yes. One family has cared for over 80 newborns with Beginnings. The other has cared for over 50 babies. Education is offered to foster parents annually. Their approval is renewed annually by the Ministry of Child and Youth Services.

How often can birth mothers meet with their counsellors before the child is born?

This depends on the time available before the birth of the child. In some instances, counsellors will meet for several hours at a time to talk about options, decision-making, review supports, collect social and medical history, educate them about openness, and assess the client needs. If a birth mother comes early in the pregnancy, visits may be weekly, bi weekly or monthly.

Do Beginnings counsellors focus only on the adoption option?

No. Counsellors are neutral about presenting options to birth parents. It is up to the client to choose the best path after careful consideration and education. Beginnings provides a safe, caring place to talk about important life decisions.

What services are available if birth parents choose to parent their child?

Beginnings counsellors, or trained volunteers in the centre location offices, will link birth parents up with appropriate community resources. Beginnings also offers pre natal and post natal classes and parenting support in all locations and “care cupboard” baby supplies in most centers.

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