‘Choose to Care’ initiative launched

2015-07-08 06:00

THE National Adoption Coalition of South Africa (NACSA) has launched Choose to Care, an initiative focusing on crisis pregnancy.

The Choose to Care website and campaign serves as a central repository for women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, their partners, their families and their communities to get information and support.

Education is critical in the prevention of teenage pregnancies. These young women feel there is a role for them in society, over and above motherhood.

In NACSA’s research it found that current communication about teenage and crisis pregnancy tends to portray young women as faceless, disembodied pregnant bellies in school uniforms with no acknowledgement of who she is and her context.

The perspective of the young teenage girl is usually absent.

“Statistics indicate that although awareness of adoption has increased, adoption numbers are still declining, and child abandonment appears to be increasing.

“Our objective is to create more family and community support for young women in order to prevent child abandonment and illegal abortions through education and empowerment,” said Pam Wilson, spokesperson for NACSA.

Every year thousands of women are faced with the unexpected news they are pregnant.

These are most often teenagers, but could just as easily be a single mother of three facing an unplanned pregnancy.

From that moment on, lives are changed forever.

To get help and support, phone the Crisis Pregnancy call centre on 0800 864 658 or visit www.crisis pregnancy.org.za

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