Birth Parents Blog

How to Write a Letter of Love to Your Child

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 22, 2019

When you chose adoption, you provided your child with many lifelong gifts. For most women, their reasons for making an adoption plan include the ability to provide their child with two loving and stable parents, a bright future, and every opportunity to succeed in life.

Another beautiful, cherished gift which only you can provide is a letter of love to your child. In it, you have the opportunity to share your feelings of hope and love. Writing it will allow you to release your child into the arms of the adoptive parents with trust, faith, and love. Plus, this special letter has been known to help many a birth mother face mixed emotions after placing her child. 

Wondering how to write a letter like this? How can you possibly express all the love you have for your child? Today, Lifetime Adoption is sharing 6 quick tips for writing a letter of love to your child

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Topics: Open Adoption, letter to my birth child, birth child, what is open adoption like?, will my child hate me?, explaining adoption to children, talking to children about adoption

What It's Like to Make an Adoption Plan

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 15, 2019

It's normal to have lots of mixed feelings after you make an adoption plan for your child. Many birth parents get a feeling of satisfaction in knowing that their child is living with parents who love and provide for them. They feel empowered as birth parents because their adoption decision helped provide their child with a good life.

Some birth parents come to find that the sense of loss is deeper than they expected. It's totally normal to feel sad after the adoption is complete, or to feel reassured and relieved. Having various feelings is very common, and your feelings might get complicated for a bit.

As you think about adoption for your baby, know that you’re not alone. Many women have been where you are right now. Keep reading to see what birth mothers have said adoption was like for them!

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Topics: adopt out my baby, adoption for my baby, adopt out my child, what is open adoption like?, what is adoption like?

Is Distance Important When Choosing Adoptive Parents?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 8, 2019

When you're looking at adoptive family profiles, there are plenty of factors to consider. Do they live in an urban or rural area? Will the wife be a stay-at-home mom? What faith do they follow? Would you like the adoptive family to have the same ethnicity as you? 

Each of these questions is important when you're choosing parents for your baby. But what about where the adoptive family lives? You might think that if you would like to have in-person meet-ups in the future, you have to choose an adoptive family who lives close to you.

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Topics: adoptive parents, adoptive parents for my baby, how to choose an adoptive family, how to choose a family for my baby

“Can I Do a Temporary Adoption?”

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 1, 2019

It's normal to feel overwhelmed by parenting. All around the country, thousands of women are thinking the same thing — parenting is impossible. Some moms feel like they can't give their child all the attention and resources he or she needs to thrive. Faced with a situation like this, you might be wondering about temporary adoption. 

It's understandable to feel this way. You love your child and don't want to lose custody, but just need a little help to get things back on track. Right now, you might be thinking, "I want to give my baby up for adoption temporarily."

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Topics: Open Adoption, adopt out my baby, is adoption right for me, temporary adoption, temporary adoptions

How to Tell Your Family About an Unplanned Pregnancy

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 18, 2019

If you're a teen and have just discovered you're pregnant, you're not alone. Right now, you might feel scared, confused, or shocked. You might be thinking something like, "This can't really be happening." And you know you'll have to tell your parents.

No matter how close you are with your parents, you probably aren't sure how they'll react.

Telling your family about an unplanned pregnancy can be a really awkward conversation to have. Just the surprise alone can be enough to make parents say and do things in the heat of the moment that they probably don’t mean.

Here are some tips to have an open and honest conversation with your parents — and to figure out what to do next.

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, pregnancy pregnant decisions, 16 and Pregnant, teen pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, tell my parents i'm pregnant

Adventurous, Active Massachusetts Couple Will Be Wonderful Parents!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 4, 2019

Meet Osman and Jacqueline, a loving, adventurous, active Massachusetts 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. 

Osman and Jacqueline look forward to sharing their passion for hard work, family, and farmland with your child! They often visit the beach nearby, run road races, travel to visit family in California, Florida, and Guatemala, and renovate homes. Jacqueline designs the renovations, and Osman makes it happen. They're so excited to share their lives with a child!

What Do Osman and Jacqueline Have to Offer as My Baby's Parents?

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Topics: Adoption parent profiles, Adoptive couple video, Adoptive couple's video, adoption video,, adoptive family video, adoption profile videos, adoption video profile

What If I Want a Closed Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 27, 2019

Adoption can be a tough decision to make, and anyone thinking about it is bound to have lots of questions. Women considering adoption wonder how the process works, whether you can get paid for adoption, and how to choose the right adoption agency. Today, we're going to answer another question we hear:

"Is it okay if I want a closed adoption?"

Today, open adoption is the norm, and most women want some amount of contact with their child after placement. But what happens if you want to have a closed adoption? Is that possible with modern adoption?

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Topics: closed adoption, what is open adoption like?, is open adoption co-parenting?, open adoption questions

"Adoption let me give my son the BEST life possible!"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 20, 2019

Birth Mother Adoption Testimony—Christina’s Story

We recently had the privilege of providing a platform for Christina to share her adoption story. She was facing a nerve-wracking situation in 2017, when she found out she was pregnant unexpectedly. Christina contacted Lifetime Adoption and made a beautiful open adoption plan with a family she chose and met ahead of time. 

Today she maintains an open adoption with the adoptive family and her son, who live in Texas. She just finished nursing school and started working at a local clinic. It's a privilege and honor for us to share Christina's story here:

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, Open Adoption, Adoption story, birth mother stories, what is open adoption like?, unplanned pregnancy choices, adoption testimonial, adoption testimonials

How to Survive at Work in Your Third Trimester

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 13, 2019

During the last few weeks of your pregnancy, you’re probably getting tired so easily that it’s like a major achievement to do anything. (Ever try tying your shoes lately?!)

It might seem like each day during your third trimester brings a new symptom and side effect. However, you're still expected to arrive to your job and smile and work like everyone else.

Here are 6 tips on how to survive life at work when you are very, very pregnant:

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Topics: Open Adoption, Pregnancy choices, adoption plan, working during pregnancy, pregnancy tips, third trimester, pregnancy health, pregnancy tip

Lifetime's Peer Support: Connect With an Actual Birth Mother

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 6, 2019

If you're thinking about adoption for your baby, chances are you're probably feeling confused, uncertain, worried, or sad. You might be anxious about whether you're making the right choice, or confused about how the whole adoption process goes down.

It can help to talk with a woman who's been where you're at right now. Lifetime's Peer Support Program was designed specifically to connect with a birth mother who has been through it all before!

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Topics: adoption counseling, thinking about adoption, choosing adoption for my baby, talking to birth mothers, peer counseling, peer support