Birth Parents Blog

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 to ask yourself about adoption:

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

Adoption Doesn’t Mean That You’re “Giving Up”

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 22, 2018

In the media, birth mothers are often portrayed as women who decide to "give up" their babies for adoption. From talk shows, to movies, and even to casual chats with friends, the term "give up" is often mentioned in connection with adoption. Today, we're going to explain why adoption doesn't mean that you're giving up.

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"I'm looking for a couple to adopt my baby"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 30, 2018

Here at Lifetime, we get messages every day from women facing situations like this: "I'm 8 months pregnant and raising a little girl too.  Money's always been tight, so I have no idea how I'm going to feed another mouth. I'm contacting you because I'm thinking that adoption will be best for my soon-to-be-born baby. I'm looking for a couple to adopt my baby, and I'm wondering how do I adopt out my baby?"

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Topics: adopt out my child, adoption for my baby, give my baby up for adoption, is adoption right for me, Pregnancy choices, unplanned pregnancy choices

How Can Coloring Help During Your Adoption Planning?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 9, 2018

This might sound silly, so bear with us. Here at Lifetime, we'll mail you a cute care package as you're in the middle of your adoption planning process. Inside the care package will be a journal, because getting your thoughts down on paper when you're thinking about adoption is so beneficial. Also inside the care package is a coloring book for adults. It has inspirational quotes and gorgeous photos on each page.

Wondering why in the world we'd send you a coloring book? You're about to make one of the biggest decisions in your life, so having a creative outlet is probably the last thing on your mind right now. But hear us out: coloring in this book can actually do you a lot of good. Keep reading to learn the benefits of coloring as you're thinking about adoption!

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Topics: adoption for my baby, adopt out my baby, is adoption right for me, journaling during pregnancy, adoption journal,

How Can This Free App Help You Decide on Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 23, 2018

Did you know that there's a free app where you can learn more about the choice of adoption? The app "Open Adoption" can be really helpful as you decide if adoption is right for you and your baby.

On this free smartphone app, you can find out what's involved in making an adoption plan for your baby. Plus, it gives you the ability to look at potential adoptive parents. Included in the app are answers to some of the questions about adoption you might have.

Read on to find out how you can download "Open Adoption" for free!

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Parenting vs. Adoption: How Did I Decide?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 19, 2018

Today, we wanted to switch things up and let you hear from one of our birth moms!

In this guest blog post, she gives advice on how she came to realize that adoption was going to be the best choice for her:

"The decision of whether to make an adoption plan or to parent is without a doubt the toughest decision I've ever made in my life. I went through many sleepless nights and lots of thinking before I was finally able to see that adoption was the best decision. Not just for myself, but for my baby too given my situation. If I were to give anyone thinking about adoption any advice, it would be this...

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Topics: How Does Adoption Work, Open Adoption, parenting or adoption,, adoption or parenting, is adoption right for me

How to Get the Support You Need During Your Adoption Plan

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 12, 2017

Making an adoption plan for your child is an emotional experience, and the stages of grief are experienced differently amongst birth mothers. It’s totally normal for you to feel sad and wonder if you're doing the right thing. Your feelings are normal and shouldn’t be dismissed.

It may help you to talk to someone. Lifetime can connect you with a third-party licensed counselor. Or, you might choose to speak with a woman who has placed her child for adoption.

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Topics: free adoption counseling, adoption counseling, peer counseling, adoption for my baby, is adoption right for me, adopt out my baby

Adoption Truth: Avoiding CPS

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 24, 2017

Some women worry that their current situation will cause her child to be taken by CPS (Child Protective Services) and then put into the overcrowded foster care system. The truth is, adoption gives you a say in your child's future. 

As one mom, Zoey, puts it, "I live with my boyfriend and I'm due in a couple months. He plans on making money to support us by selling drugs!

So, I'm worried if I try to raise my baby, she’ll end up being taken by CPS. I want her to have a stable life with two parents. Adoption lets me give her that."

If drug use or other risk factors have been a major concern of yours, consider adoption as a Foster Care or CPS alternative. Today, we're sharing a quick video with you about all about this! 

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Topics: adoption truth, adoption decision, is adoption right for me, Adoption for my child, adoption for my baby, adoption video,, modern adoption, Child Protective Services, CPS

Adoption Truth: Learning the Facts Will Help You Decide

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 17, 2017

The truth is, only you can decide if adoption's best for your situation and for your baby. Learning the facts about modern adoption will help as you make this decision. 

Today, we're sharing a quick video with you about how you can get the facts you need to make this important choice!

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Topics: adoption truth, adoption decision, is adoption right for me, Adoption for my child, adoption for my baby, adoption video,, modern adoption

The Top 10 Do's and Don'ts When You're Thinking About Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 14, 2017

Deciding to make an adoption plan for your baby (or child) isn't an easy decision to make.  What has helped many women in your shoes is the knowledge that they're in the "driver's seat" with modern adoption.

With modern adoption, you're able to interview adoptive parents for your baby and hand-pick your top choice. You also have the right to stay in touch with the adoptive family and your child.  

 

Today, Lifetime's sharing our top 10 do's and don'ts to keep in mind if you're thinking about adoption:

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Topics: thinking about adoption, adoption plan for my baby, adopt out my baby, adopt out my child, modern adoption, Open Adoption, is adoption right for me