In the fifth month of my pregnancy my doctors told me my baby would be born with a birth defect. I was devastated. My family turned their backs on me, and my boyfriend was not supportive. No one was there for me to turn to. As much as I wanted to, I knew I could not raise this baby alone. The doctors and social workers counseled me on the type of care a child with hydrocephalus would need. I knew I couldn’t take care of the baby. I chose the best option I could – adoption. I had to find an agency that specialized in children with special needs. My social worker at the hospital told me about Adoption STAR. The staff was wonderful. I was confused and upset about placing my baby but they were sensitive to my needs. They treated me like I was their only client.