“When a young woman becomes pregnant and is not married, she and the father need to consider the best interests of the child. Many members are unaware of the First Presidency’s counsel that, ‘When the probability of a successful marriage is unlikely, unwed parents should be encouraged to place the child for adoption,’” said Fred Riley, Commissioner, LDS Family Services. . . .
The number of babies born out of wedlock that are placed for adoption in the United States has steadily declined from 20% before 1973 to an all-time low of 2% in 1988. . . .
Based on experience in working with birth mothers, LDS Family Services adopted the phrase, “I am not giving my baby up, I am giving my baby more.”
The church’s new ad campaign slogan: “Adoption — it’s about love.” — “Ad campaign sends message: “Adoption — it’s about love,” Church News, March 2001, p. 6
When marriage is not possible, experience has shown that adoption, difficult though this may be for the young mother, may afford a greater opportunity for the child to live a life of happiness. Wise and experienced professional counselors and prayerful bishops can assist in these circumstances. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Greater Opportunity,” Ensign, August 2012, p. 41