A few months ago, I read a heart-breaking article about a young woman in Presque Isle who kept her pregnancy a secret, had the baby at home, and after several hours passed, the newborn died. The birth mother was sent to prison for up to 15 years. We need to prevent such tragedies. How many of us know that adoption could have been an alternative to this tragedy? Services are absolutely free at Catholic Human Services in Alpena. We don't coerce anyone, but we think through the options outside of keeping the baby (if the parent is not capable or willing) or abortion, with the mother. The third option is rarely suggested, but for the past 15 years, I have helped to facilitate about 40 adoptions in our region, and I have seen some loving connections between biological parents and couples who want to build a family, through adoption. Nowadays birth parents want to stay connected to their children and can do so, not just by letters and pictures, but by visits and celebrations of birthdays. It may sound too good to be true, but it happens. Birth parents can select the couple to parent their child.