A Reminder of the Best Advice

August 16, 2019

When we see someone struggling, our natural response is to try to help them. There is no moment more true to that than when we see someone we know or love facing an unplanned pregnancy. The first response is to offer them advice. The problem is, often they are inundated with several “helpers” who want to offer their advice, all with various opinions. It’s very difficult to be struggling with a decision and have people all around you giving conflicting advice but not really providing any resources to follow through with that advice. “You’d be a great mom, I’ll help you!” while someone else says, “but what about college, you’ll never be able to go,” or “whatever you do, don’t just ‘give it up.’” The best advice you can truly give them is to refer them to an LSS Pregnancy Counselor, because everyone around them might have an opinion on what they should do, but a Pregnancy Counselor helps THEM decide what THEY should do. Read the rest of this entry »


Mary’s Unexpected Pregnancy

December 17, 2018

In 1992, the song Breath of Heaven by Amy Grant came out. I was six years as a birth parent, and the first time I heard it, it hit me hard. I think I sat and cried for about an hour. That song always puts tears in my eyes because it so accurately portrays the fear of facing an unexpected pregnancy and the need for help, love and support. Read the rest of this entry »


Pregnancy Counseling

July 16, 2018

When facing an unexpected pregnancy, you might get a lot of advice on parenting or suggestions of looking at adoption. But where can you go to get unbiased help? Contact LSS because LSS pregnancy counseling is FREE, you don’t have to choose adoption, and outreach services are available throughout South Dakota. Read the rest of this entry »


Pregnancy Counseling – Why choose LSS?

December 18, 2017

You just found out you’re pregnant, and it wasn’t something you were planning – so many thoughts, emotions, and decisions to make. Who do you turn to? And where do you start? You’ve heard that LSS does adoptions (and has for nearly a century in South Dakota), but you’re not sure adoption is what you want to do. So why should you contact LSS anyway?  1. LSS pregnancy counseling is FREE, 2. You don’t have to choose adoption, and 3. Outreach is available throughout South Dakota. Free sounds like a good place to start! Read the rest of this entry »


The Best Advice

September 12, 2016

When we see someone struggling, our natural response is to try to help them. There is no moment more true to that than when we see someone we know or love facing an unplanned pregnancy. Whether it is your friend, sister, daughter, coworker, granddaughter or girlfriend, the first response is to offer them advice. The problem is, often they are inundated with several “helpers” who want to offer their advice, all with differing opinions. It’s very difficult to be struggling with a decision and have people all around you giving conflicting advice but not really providing any resources to follow through with that advice. “You’d be a great mom, I’ll help you!” while someone else says, “but what about college, you’ll never be able to go,” to “whatever you do, don’t just ‘give it up.’” The best advice you can truly give them is to refer them to an LSS Pregnancy Counselor, because everyone around them might have an opinion on what they should do, but a Pregnancy Counselor helps THEM decide what THEY should do.   Read the rest of this entry »


Pregnancy Counseling… Where Does One Start?

August 28, 2015

You take the test, and when you see the result is positive, panic sets in – you are pregnant, and you don’t know where to turn, what to do, or who to call. You can turn to Lutheran Social Services to get confidential pregnancy counseling, no matter where you live in South Dakota. LSS is there for you, to help you make a plan – whether it is to parent your child or make an adoption plan. And the best part is this counseling is completely FREE. Read the rest of this entry »


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