Blog by Lifetime Adoption - a nationwide domestic adoption center, providing open adoption services for those who are thinking of placing their baby or child for adoption, and for those who have turned to adoption as the result of infertility.
Are you thinking about adoption and don’t know where to start? With Lifetime, you make the choices to create a personalized adoption for your child, and we help you every step of the way.
Right now, your mind might be spinning with tons of questions, like, "How does adoption work?" "What do I get to decide about the process?" "How do I even get started with adoption?"
Our website walks you through the steps to make an adoption plan for your baby, answering all of these questions and more. Lifetime's website has SO much information available, but all that info in one place might leave you feeling overwhelmed.
So today, we're going to share Lifetime's 3 most popular (and useful!) pages. They've been popular with many women who are figuring out if adoption is the right answer for them, just like you. Because let's face it, when you're thinking about a life decision as major as adoption, it helps to know what's been beneficial for other women in your situation.
Open adoption gives you many choices, like choosing the adoptive parents for your baby. You can also decide how much you'd like to stay in touch with them after the adoption happens, and how you'd like to get updates on your child.
You are able to name what you anticipate your future relationships to look like. But we understand that it can be hard to decide about future contact now, before the adoption has happened.
Here are 4 questions to ask yourself as you decide if open adoption is right for you:
"I'm thinking about adopting out my baby once she's born. I want more for her than I can give her right now. I want her to have a good education and lots of opportunities in life.
If I give my baby up for adoption, can I see her as she grows up? Will my child know who I am?"
Yes! With open adoption, you're able to set expectations for contact with your child after she's placed with her adoptive parents. This means if you choose adoption, you can see your child again. Plus, you can develop a meaningful, positive relationship with your child as he or she grows up with their adoptive parents.
Lifetime Adoption encourages you to have post-adoption contact with your child. By maintaining a relationship with your child and their adoptive parents, you're helping your child develop a positive identity as an adoptee. Staying in touch with your child also helps to answer any questions they might have about their origins as they grow up.
Meet Drew and Kelly, a young, loving Texas couple who are excited to become first-time parents through adopting a baby! They've taped this cute adoption video to share about their hope of starting their family through adoption.
Drew and Kelly are excited to share their love for the Lord, large extended family, family traditions, education, and love of the outdoors with your child! They like to travel internationally and in the US, go on walks with their dog Lily when they get home from work every day, attend Texas sporting events, go to church with their families on Sundays, watch movies together, and have fun outdoor adventures.
What Do Drew and Kelly Have to Offer as My Baby's Parents?
On Mother’s Day, we honor the endless love that mothers have and recognize the sacrifices that they make for their children. For adoptive couples, Mother’s Day couldn't be celebrated without also recognizing their child's birth mother, who made the greatest sacrifice of all.
By choosing adoption, birth mothers not only gave their children life but also gave them a future full of opportunities through adoption. Through a birth mother's choice, many adoptive couples have had the opportunity to become parents.
That's why every year, the Saturday before Mother’s Day is celebrated nationally as Birth Mother’s Day. On this day, many adoptive parents will honor the women who helped make their families possible. Even though families in open adoptions honor this special holiday, this might be the first time you've ever heard of it.
If you're considering adoption, it helps to hear from women who have been in your shoes. When you read other women's stories, you'll learn why they chose adoption as well as the emotions, relationships, and opportunities these women have had since they placed.
Today, we're sharing Alyssa's adoption story. We hope by reading about how she came to adoption, you'll get insight and perspective as you begin your own adoption journey.
Even if you're pregnant and addicted to drugs, we can still help you create an adoption plan. Lifetime is not here to judge you for using drugs during pregnancy.
If you do choose adoption, know that there’s an adoptive family out there who would love to adopt your baby, substance abuse issues or not. Whether you have used in the past or are using now, it does not affect whether or not you can make an adoption plan.
Have you been going back and forth between parenting and making an adoption plan? You might be wondering, "How can I figure out which is the right choice for me and my baby?!”
Unfortunately, there's no road map or quick answer to tell you which route to take. The decision of whether to parent or do adoption might just be the toughest decision you'll ever make in your entire life.
For many women, it takes a lot of sleepless nights, prayer, and thought before they decide that adoption is the best choice for themselves and their baby, given their situation.
Here are 3 tips on how to put yourself in the best position so you can make this tough decision:
Are you looking for adoptive parents that will be a perfect fit for your baby? Then you’ll want to learn everything you can about potential adoptive parents. And one of the quickest ways to do that is by watching their adoption videos.
Each adoption video on our site is just two minutes long, so you can easily watch a bunch of them in one sitting!
The adoptive family truly wants to get to know you, but for that to happen, you need to get to know them first. The videos you'll see on Lifetime's website are a great way to help you get to know an adoptive couple. They're the perfect tool to help you find the right adoptive family for your baby. And here's why...