Birth Parents Blog

Can a Minor Make an Adoption Plan Without a Parent’s Consent?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 21, 2020

Let’s face it: most teenagers aren’t trying to become pregnant. But if you just learned that you're pregnant, you're not alone. Many teens are in the same boat. You didn’t plan for this, and you might have no idea what you’re going to do next.

Choosing adoption is not easy, and it comes with a lot of emotion. It also comes with a lot of questions. If you're under 18, you might wonder if you even have the right to place your child with a loving adoptive family.

Do you have to be a certain age to place your baby for adoption? Do you need your parent’s permission to do this? You are not alone in wondering these things. Keep reading to answer these common questions.

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Topics: teen pregnancy, minor adoption, can a teen choose adoption?, teens and adoption, minors and adoption

3 Questions That Adoptees Want to Know

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 14, 2020

The decision to make an adoption plan for your baby is not an easy one. When you choose adoption, you are making a loving decision for your baby. At the same time, you might worry about what your child will think later on.

Many adults who were adopted have questions about their birth parents. Children ask questions too, but they are often more basic. The questions evolve and may become more difficult as they grow older, but adoptees really just want to know where they come from. They want to know about their heritage and build a sense of self as they grow older.

You may be placing a baby for adoption today, but this sweet little baby will grow into an adult with the desire to connect to their history. What does this mean for you as a birth mother? It means you might want your baby's adoptive parents to have specific information about you and your family. You can prepare for these questions by giving your child's adoptive parents the answers to some common questions adoptees have when they grow older.

Today, we're sharing how you can help answer these three common questions your child might ask someday:

  • What was going through your mind at the time?
  • What is my ethnic or racial heritage?
  • What is my birth family's medical background?
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Topics: Relationships, Open Adoption, letter to my birth child, adoptee, talking to children about adoption

Will My Child Hate Me for Choosing Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 7, 2020

If you're considering adoption, it's common to wonder if your child will resent you one day for this decision. While it's common, the thought of your child one day hating you for placing them for adoption is a terrifying one. It may even make you wonder if adoption is your best option. In fact, many birth parents find themselves wondering, "Will my child hate me for choosing adoption?"

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Topics: Open Adoption, will my child hate me?, will my child hate me for choosing adoption?

How Late Can I Give My Child Up for Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 31, 2020

For many women, placing a child for adoption is one of the most difficult decisions in the world. In fact, some women have no idea what choice they will make until they are going through labor and delivery. Once their baby is born, they may come to a decision to place him or her for adoption.

This leads them to ask an important question: "How late can I give my child up for adoption?"

After-delivery adoption is actually more common than you might think. While many adoptions involve newborns and infants, even older children can be placed with a new family.

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Topics: give my baby up for adoption, is it too late to choose adoption?, is it too late to do adoption?, after-delivery adoption

How Can I Find the Right Adoptive Parents For My Baby?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 24, 2020

When you choose adoption for your baby, your first goal is to make sure that they'll be in good hands. With open adoption, you get to choose from so many couples looking to adopt that you may feel as if you will never find "the one."

One of the best things about working with an adoption professional like Lifetime is that each adoptive parent is pre-screened. Lifetime will only show you couples who have gone through the necessary background checks, home inspections, and interviews. You can be secure in the knowledge that your baby is going to a home that will value and love him or her. The hopeful adoptive families you're seeing on our website are all ready and eager to become parents through adoption!

But how can you be sure you are choosing the right adoptive parents for your baby? These tips will help you make a decision that's right for you, and right for your baby.

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Topics: adoptive parents for my baby, find adoptive parents

Can an Adoption App Help You Make a Decision?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 17, 2020

Today, a lot of the most important information we read is on our smartphones. In fact, some people are even turning to apps to make the most important decisions of their lives. Lifetime has its own smartphone app about adoption, which is available in the Apple and Google app stores.

If you are trying to decide if adoption is right for you, the free app "Open Adoption" is a convenient resource to help as you choose adoption or parenting. This tool enables you to view adoptive families who may adopt your child and also helps you reach out to professionals who can help you through the adoption process.

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Topics: Smart Phone Adoption Apps., Open Adoption app, smart phone app about adoption, adoption app

How an Unwanted Pregnancy Might Change Your Life

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 10, 2020

Have you ever wondered how having a baby might change your life? It can be pretty crazy how much things really do change when you have a baby. You've probably heard that you won't get much sleep, and that you'll have no social life.

But things can get extra crazy if your pregnancy wasn’t planned and not everyone in your life was prepared for this huge change. Today we are going over some of the ways that your life will change once you become a mom!

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Topics: unwanted pregnancy

Am I a Bad Person If I Put My Baby Up For Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 3, 2020

Hannah's Story

"Am I a bad person if I put my baby up for adoption?"

This question is one that many birth mothers ask themselves over and over again when they look into adoption. This question would keep me up at night when I found myself unexpectedly pregnant. And to be honest, years later, this question can still sneak into my thoughts from time to time.

However, as I have seen the beauty out of my child's adoption and the life his parents have given him, I know I made the best decision for both of us.

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Topics: put my baby up for adoption

10 Tips for When the Holidays Have You Feeling Down

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 23, 2019

For many birth mothers, the holidays are a difficult time. On top of the stress of the holidays, it can be hard to deal with all the family members you’ll see and nosy questions they ask. Plus, since the holidays are often centered on children, many birth mothers may struggle during this season and its traditions.

It’s perfectly normal to feel like you’re missing out during this time. While many birth mothers dread the holidays, there are a few ways you can get through the season. These 10 tips have helped many birth mothers manage grief and stress during the holidays. We hope thatthey’ll help you, too!

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Topics: Holidays, life after adoption, post-adoption, adoption and loss, adoption grief

12 Things You Should Know About Open Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 13, 2019

Are you pregnant and considering adoption for your baby or child? Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed and scared. The process can feel intimidating, but it’s not when you have someone that can share the steps to take and the facts that will help you feel more confident. 

Lifetime Adoption has caring Adoption Coordinators ready to help you. They will share with you the information you need to make the best decision for you and your baby, no matter where you are and at any time. Some women call us early into their pregnancy, and others contact us at the hospital in the early stages of labor. It's never too late to choose adoption, and so some women call us after their baby has been born. Our caring Adoption Coordinators can help you at any stage and will walk you through the steps. You can speak to them any time at 1-800-923-6784, by calling or texting

Here are the 12 things about modern, open adoption that we feel you should know:

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption for my child, adopt out my baby, adopt out my child, modern adoption