Birth Parents Blog

The Moment I Knew I Should Adopt Out My Baby

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 5, 2018

This guest post is by Kristina, a birth mother.

"I was 19 when I found out I was pregnant. When my gyno confirmed my pregnancy, I was in shock. That day changed my life forever. I remember thinking, am I ready to be a mom? Am I ready to raise this sweet little being? As I asked myself those two questions and took a hard look at my situation, my gut instinct was that I wasn’t ready.

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Topics: adopt out my baby, birth mother stories, Adoption story, adoption for my baby

5 Important Questions to Ask Yourself About Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 28, 2018

If you're thinking about adoption for your baby, you might be feeling all sorts of conflicting emotions ranging from anxiety to hope. Even if you know deep down that you’re making the right decision for you and your baby, you might still struggle with doubts over whether you’re doing the right thing.

The good news is that there's tons of information on the Internet about adoption, so you don’t have to make your decision alone. It's important to begin your research now so that you can get as much info as possible. That way, you'll be able to make an informed decision about adoption. But you’ll also need to have a conversation with yourself. Here are 5 important questions about adoption to ask yourself:

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Topics: thinking about adoption, adopt out my child, adopt out my baby, is adoption right for me

Can a Birth Father Get Open Adoption Updates?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 20, 2018

"My ex-girlfriend is giving our baby up for adoption. We've been struggling to make ends meet for months now, and we're in a crazy off-and-on relationship. She hangs out with the wrong people, and I want better for my son.

I'm down with adoption, but can I get updates on our baby too as he grows up?"

Yes, definitely! You can have contact with the adoptive family and your child, separately from his mother. Even though you're no longer together, an open adoption relationship is possible. The contact you have with the adoptive couple could be emails, letters, photos, texts, social media posts, and even in-person visits. A birth father can have his own open adoption contact, even if the birth mother doesn’t want or need to stay in touch with the adoptive family.

Just look at this example of contact between a birth father and an adoptive couple in an open adoption:

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Topics: what is open adoption like?, Baby's father, birth father, birth father rights

How to Find a Family Who Will Honor Open Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 14, 2018

"I'm 30 weeks along, and I'm pretty sure that I'm going to adopt out my baby.  I know I want an open adoption, because I would like to get updates on my daughter as she grows up. But, how can I be sure the adoptive family will keep their promise to stay in contact?” 

Most women choosing adoption today want to stay in contact with their child, through emails, photos, social media posts, or visits. One of the ways to make sure that your baby's adoptive couple will keep their promise to stay in contact is to find a family that has adopted already. When the adoptive couple has an open adoption relationship with their child's birth mother, it's a good sign that they'd be open to future contact with you as well.

These adoptive couples keep an open adoption relationship with their child's birth family:

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Topics: find a family, how to choose an adoptive family, Open Adoption, contact with my baby, future contact, modern adoption

"I'm an addict...adoption was the best choice I ever made!"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 7, 2018

As opioid abuse has risen in recent years, conversations about addiction have moved out of the shadows. Today, we hear from one woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, about her experience with addiction. 

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Topics: Give up my baby, opioid crisis and adoption, prenatal drug exposure, addiction and adoption, substance use during pregnancy

Experienced Adoptive Couple in the Portland Area Hope to Adopt Again!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 31, 2018

Meet Jeremy and Adela, an active, loving, and faithful family excited to adopt again! They'd love to have an open adoption with you including letters, photos, and visits, if you're comfortable. They live in the greater Portland area, where Jeremy's a physician assistant and Adela works part-time as a pharmacist.

Jeremy and Adela's younger son was adopted as a newborn and their oldest is biological. "We’ve always longed for adding a little girl into our family, and we feel the Lord stirring in our hearts to adopt!" say Jeremy and Adela. As a family, they enjoy traveling the world, camping, playing board games, and going on mission trips with their church.

Every night, Jeremy and Adela cook together, and then pray together as a family at the dinner table. Jeremy and Adela promise to love and support your child and to teach her about the Lord, how to be kind, and to accept everyone as they are. They promise that your daughter will always know her adoption story and how much she is loved by you. 

Keep reading to learn more about this experienced adoptive couple in the Portland area!

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Topics: adoptive family in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon adoptive family, Oregon adoptive couple, adoptive family from the West coast, open adoption visits, Open Adoption

"I'm being pressured to do adoption...what should I do?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 24, 2018

"Everyone in my life is telling me I should put my baby up for adoption...my friends, my parents, and my boyfriend. I'm getting really sick of all the pressure. What should I do to handle this situation?"

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Topics: abortion or adoption, pressure to choose adoption, adopt out my baby, father of my baby

Can I Adopt Out My Baby If I'm In Jail?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 17, 2018

Being pregnant in jail or prison isn't that uncommon. However, if you’re pregnant and in jail, you might not know what your options are. What happens when you have your baby while in jail? Is prison adoption possible?

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Topics: adopt out my baby, prison adoption, pregnant in jail, pregnant in prison

"Why do I have to answer so many questions to give up my baby?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 10, 2018

"I'm 25 weeks along, and my gut instinct has been telling me that placing this baby up for adoption is going to be best. Since I'm already raising two kids with no support from their dads, I have no idea how I'd afford to feed another mouth.  :(

Yesterday, I went on your site to get started with my baby's adoption and fill out the paperwork. Why do I have to answer so many questions to give up my baby for adoption?"

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Topics: Give up my baby, place my baby up for adoption, adoption paperwork, adoption plan for my baby

Couple in The Garden State Eager to Adopt Their First Child!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 3, 2018

Meet Justino and Gina, an active couple who live in The Garden State! This New Jersey couple have made this cute adoption video to introduce themselves to you and share about their hopes of becoming parents!

They're hoping to adopt a baby of either gender. Justino and Gina are open to adopting a Caucasian, Hispanic, Native American, or Asian baby. Gina will be a stay-at-home mommy and can’t wait to nurture and love your child! 

Here's more about Justino and Gina, a hopeful adoptive couple living in New Jersey:

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Topics: adoption video,, Adoptive couple video, Adoptive couple's video, adoptive family video, East Coast adoptive family, New Jersey adoptive couple, adoptive family in New Jersey