Begin Your Journey

Your Story Starts With Your Choice

We serve women and men in Northern New York who are facing a pregnancy decision. 

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Take Ownership of Your Tomorrow

From the moment you find out you’re pregnant to the moment you feel confident in your decision, Viable Options® is here for you. We provide a safe environment where you can process your thoughts, fears, desires, and needs—equipping you with information in order to make an informed choice that is all your own, and advocating on your behalf to the agencies best equipped to provide solutions for the obstacles you face. Schedule your free appointment today

55% of all pregnancies in NY are unexpected, but that doesn’t mean your future needs to be.

Our Services

All of our services are provided free of cost through the generous support of community members like you.

  • Pregnancy Decision Counseling

    • Providing a safe place where women and their partners can freely process their thoughts, emotions, needs, and desires
    • Helping to identify the most pressing obstacles and pressures in their lives (i.e., education/career, financial difficulties, family dysfunction, relationship issues, substance abuse, housing needs, etc.)
    • Exploring each potential outcome (parenting, abortion, adoption) in light of their values, present circumstances, and future hopes
    • Identifying the beliefs most important to them in order to empower a values-based decision, while also exploring potential pressures causing additional confusion or distress (i.e., pressure from religious community, feelings of shame, fear of being judged, etc.)
  • Education on Pregnancy, Abortion, & Birth

    • Providing women and men with an educational overview of pregnancy, abortion, and birth
    • Enabling a confident choice by facilitating
      a thorough exploration of each course and providing answers to clients’ most pressing questions and concerns
  • Adoption Exploration & Navigation

    • Navigation of local adoption resources
    • Education on the process of adoption
    • Assessment of confidence in the decision to pursue an adoption plan
    • Customized creation of birth/hospital plan
    • Advocacy on behalf of client to all necessary legal, social service, familial, and medical representatives
  • Client Advocacy & Social Services Coordination

    • Reaching out to local organizations and leveraging pre-existing relationships with department heads, program directors, etc. to find the best possible solutions for our clients
    • Creating an action plan specific to their needs and advocating on their behalf to local agencies and providers
  • Medical Care Referrals & Navigation

    • Helping clients through the process of seeking solutions for their medical needs by advocating on their behalf to the professional medical community
    • Providing ongoing assistance and guidance to ensure that they feel confident and cared for (i.e., help with applications, phone calls, intake processes, appointments, etc.)
  • Teen Pregnancy Counseling & Support

    • Processing and clarifying emotions, desires, and needs
    • Identifying external pressures
    • Assistance in understanding and navigating the options and resources available to pregnant minors
    • Relational mediation with parent(s), teacher(s), counselor(s), and/or partner
  • Family Mediation (with partner, parents, etc.)

    • Helping to explore and strengthen clients' relational support systems
    • Facilitating healthy communication between clients and their closest community (i.e., family members, partners, etc.)

Make an Appointment

Appointments are available in-person or virtually.

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Thanks for contacting us!

We look forward to meeting you, and we will contact you soon. If you do not hear back within two business days, please call us at 315.801.CARE.

Confident Decisions Empower Confident Futures

Facing a pregnancy decision is not always easy and is never simple. Your choice to parent, terminate, or place for adoption is significant. And you don’t have to navigate this journey alone. Whether you were planning to be pregnant, are undecided about what to do, are unsure of the resources available, or simply need to talk with someone, our doors are open and our services are free and confidential whenever you need them.

 

What does it cost?

Thanks to the support of our community, our services are available free of cost for all who need them. No need for insurance. No need for a payment plan. No need to limit the number of appointments. We are here to offer care and support—equipping you to make a confident choice which will empower your today and your tomorrow.

Concerned about transportation?

No transportation? No problem! We partner with professional agencies, schools, and community organizations across the county and are ready to send our advocates directly to your area. Schedule an appointment and we will work to secure a safe space in your community in which to meet with you.

Find Us

Address
11 Court Street, Canton, NY 13617

Metered parking is available on the street and in the lot behind Viable Options with limited free parking spaces available at the rear of the building.

Hours
Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm
Closed all federal holidays.
Appointments available outside these hours upon request.

Partner With Us

 

Why Support Viable Options?

Going beyond the political ideology and debate that so often influences the world of pregnancy, Viable Options is pioneering a new model of care within our community and culture which focuses on the value and dignity of the individual and brings an awareness of the needs that they face. Viable Options works to restore autonomy and decisional ownership to women and men facing a pregnancy decision by alleviating external pressures which often cause them to feel that they have no control over the outcome. 

But it doesn’t end there. It is communities that change communities and hope for those facing a pregnancy decision lies your willingness to play an active role in becoming the answer to their needs.

Spread Awareness

Utilize your unique relationships within your workplace, your house of worship, your community, or your family to share with others about the work of Viable Options and to help connect us with those who most need our support.

Monthly Giving

Whether it’s $10$30$75 or $100 per month, you have an opportunity today to invest in the mission of Viable Options and to be part of bringing hope to those in our county facing a pregnancy decision.

Be the Answer

Each of our roles may look different, but we all have a role to play. Whether that is helping someone to make an appointment or coming with them to Viable Options, our involvement must reach further than the voting booth and must be lived outside of pews and political conventions. Hope is afforded to those facing a pregnancy decision when each person takes part in creating and sustaining a culture where their needs are fully met.


FAQs

 

  • “What is Viable Options?”

    • Viable Options is a nonprofit organization that serves women and their partners facing a pregnancy decision—providing support, education, resources, and advocacy that empower a confident choice. 
  • "What does Viable Options do?"

    • We work to restore ownership to each person we serve by identifying the most pressing needs, pressures, and obstacles in their lives and advocating on their behalf within the medical and social service communities in order to provide tangible solutions.
    • We also work to educate communities on the issues of unintended pregnancy and to equip the friends, family members, neighbors, and peers of those facing a pregnancy decision to take personal responsibility for meeting their long-term needs.
  • “Is Viable Options a medical facility?”

    • Viable Options offers education and advocacy—not medical services. But as part of our commitment to securing the best possible care for those we serve, we work closely with the professional medical community, referring clients to local OB/GYNs for all pregnancy-related medical needs.
  • “Is Viable Options an adoption agency?”

    • Viable Options is not an adoption agency. However, we offer ongoing advocacy and assistance to those who choose to place for adoption. We do not facilitate adoptions but help to ensure that the woman pursuing one retains ownership of the entire process and that her needs, desires, and concerns are heard and honored along the way.
  • “Is Viable Options a pro-life or pro-choice organization?”

    • No, Viable Options does not identify with either the pro-life or pro-choice movements. 
    • Terms like “pro-life” and “pro-choice” describe a position on pregnancy outcomes, primarily expressed through political activity. Because Viable Options works in the decision process of an unintended pregnancy—not the outcome—we do not identify with any political camp or position. This allows us to focus solely on providing client-driven care, service, and advocacy pre decision.
    • Operating outside of the political arena gives us the freedom to focus our efforts on serving individuals—not legislative agendas—and to start a new conversation about the needs, pressures, and obstacles that cause many to feel a lack of ownership and confidence as they process their unintended pregnancies.
  • “What does Viable Options do when a client wants an abortion?”

    • Whether a client chooses to obtain an abortion, to parent, or to place for adoption, we refer them to practicing OB/GYNs at the local hospital and remain available for continued advocacy and assistance as needed.
    • No medical decision is made in isolation. There are many factors which may play a role in how any given course will impact a woman, such as her medical history, her mental and emotional health, and her current lifestyle. Viable Options encourages women to make all pregnancy-related medical decisions in consultation with a practicing OB/GYN, as they are best equipped to provide comprehensive care which accounts for the unique histories and needs of their patients.
  • “How much do the services of Viable Options cost?”

    • All of our services are provided free of cost.
  • “How is Viable Options funded?”

    • Viable Options is funded through the generous support of community members who are passionate about our mission and work.
  • “Is Viable Options a Christian organization?”

    • We are a Christian organization compelled by our faith to love and care for those in need—extending our services to all, regardless of race, gender, orientation, or religion.
  • “Is Viable Options affiliated with a church?”

    • Viable Options is not affiliated with any denomination or church/religious organization but operates independently—partnering with those of all backgrounds and beliefs to provide solutions for women and their partners facing a pregnancy decision.
  • “Is Viable Options part of a national franchise?”

    • Viable Options is not part of any national network, franchise, or group but was founded by individuals from the North Country as a response to needs they saw right here in our county. As such, it is uniquely positioned and equipped to serve the local community.