Birth Parents Blog

"Can I get money for adopting out my baby?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 8, 2019

“Can you get paid for adoption?”
“Do birth mothers get paid for adoption?”
“Can I get money for adopting out my baby?”

These are some questions commonly asked by women considering adoption. The answer to all of them is “no.” Women don't get paid for making an adoption plan. It's illegal to trade a child for money.

However, you might be able to get help from the adoptive parents with the expenses during your pregnancy if it's allowable in your state. So, instead of receiving compensation for placing a child, a birth mother can receive financial assistance if her state laws allow.

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Topics: adopt out my baby, unplanned pregnancy choices, how much does adoption cost

"Can I see my baby after giving her up for adoption?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 1, 2019

There are plenty of misunderstandings out there about adoption. The most common one might be this: that when a woman chooses adoption, she is “giving up.” It’s such a commonly used phrase that you may not have noticed it. Even though it's used often, "giving up a baby” for adoption misses the point. When a woman chooses adoption, she is not “giving away” her baby.

Adoption comes from a place of love. If you’re thinking about adoption, you know this. You have an enormous amount of love for your baby. You have hopes and dreams for your baby, and adoption seems like the best way to give him or her the chance to grow and thrive.

But with all the love you have, you probably don’t want to lose the link to your baby, even when you know adoption is the best choice. You might be wondering, “If I give my baby up for adoption, do I still get to see her or him?”

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Topics: Open Adoption, adopt out my baby, adoption for my baby, what is open adoption like?, modern adoption

Loving Christian Couple in Tennessee Will Be Wonderful Parents!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 22, 2019

Meet Jacob and Bri, a young, loving Tennessee couple who are excited to become first-time parents through adopting! They've taped this cute adoption video to share about their hope of starting their family through adoption. 

Bri and Jacob enjoy spending time together working on home projects, going to the movies, hiking, and playing with their beloved dogs, Gus and Belle.

What Do Jacob and Bri Have to Offer as Parents?

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Topics: Adoptive couple video, Adoptive couple's video, adoption video,, adoptive family video, adoptive couple from the South, Southern adoptive family, Tennessee adoptive couple

"I know now that adopting out my baby was the right thing to do"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 15, 2019

Lifetime Adoption truly cares about every birth mother we help, and develop a relationship with many of them. Over the years, birth mothers have emailed us updates on how they're doing now. Many of these women want to share their stories with you, hoping that they can help someone who is struggling with the adoption decision.

Today, we're sharing Madison's adoption story. If you're thinking about adoption, you might find birth mother stories like Madison's helpful as you make your decision because they come from women like you.

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Topics: adoption stories, teen pregnancy, adopt out my baby, birth mother stories

"Can I spend time with my baby at the hospital?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 8, 2019

Question: "I'm 35 weeks pregnant so I've started to make my birth plan, and I've toured the hospital I'll deliver at. After I give birth, I'm adopting out my baby. It's been a real tough decision to make, but I know it's what's best for her. Can I spend time with my baby at the hospital?"

Answer: You have the right to spend as much time as you wish with your baby in the hospital after you give birth. You'll have lots of options for your adoption hospital experience. For example, if you want your hospital stay to be a special one that includes just you and your baby, that can be arranged. Or, you might like to spend time together with your baby and the adoptive family. It’s up to you and what you feel comfortable with.

It's common for women choosing adoption to worry about how things will go down at the hospital. The more you can prepare and plan ahead, the more confident you will feel. That's why at Lifetime we encourage you to create what's called an "adoption hospital plan."

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Topics: Open Adoption, Labor preparation, hospital preferences, adopting out my baby, adoption experience in the hospital, preparing for labor

"Why Should I Choose a Lifetime Adoptive Family?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 1, 2019

If you're thinking about adoption for your baby, it's probably because you want to give him or her the best life possible. So right now, you might be wondering, "How will I find the perfect family for my baby?" or even "Why should I choose a Lifetime adoptive family?"

We understand that searching for adoptive parents who match the vision you have for your child's life can feel overwhelming.

Today, we're sharing 11 reasons why it's beneficial to consider a Lifetime adoptive family for your baby!

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Topics: Adoption for my child, adoptive family for my baby, how to choose an adoptive family, how to choose a family for my baby, find a family

How Long Do I Have to Change My Mind About Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 25, 2019

Making an adoption plan for your baby is a big decision and one that might make you feel uncertain. Many women thinking about adoption worry that they might regret their decision later on, and wonder, "What if I change my mind? Can I give my baby up for adoption and get her back later?"

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Topics: Pregnancy choices, adoption decision, unplanned pregnancy choices, why do women choose adoption?, how long do I have to change my mind?

Behind the Scenes of a Birth Father’s Adoption Decision

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 18, 2019

Blaine Hall is a birth father who made the difficult decision to put his child’s needs before his own. He told us his story in hopes that it will give some insights into how other men can face this decision.

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Topics: Baby's father, adoption decision, father of my baby, birth father

5 Ways to Get Through Your First Year After Placing

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 11, 2019

It’s one thing to make an adoption plan for your baby, but a completely different thing to deal with your feelings after the adoption is done.

The range of emotions you might feel after placement is normal. You’ll probably face a roller coaster of emotions, ranging from guilt to relief during and after the adoption process.

One minute you might feel like you did the best thing for your baby and the next you feel lonely and lost.

These five tips can help you cope after adoption placement, no matter how you may be feeling:

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Topics: adoption counseling, post-placement, peer counseling

Financially Stable Californians Excited to Be First-Time Parents Through Adoption!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 4, 2019

Meet Brian and Jennifer, a fun-loving California couple who are excited to become first-time parents through adopting! They've taped this cute adoption video to share about their hope of starting their family by adopting! Brian and Jennifer enjoy hosting family BBQs, taking trips, going on walks in the evenings, swimming in their pool, and attending church Saturday nights with friends.

Brian works as an electrical engineer, and Jennifer is a substitute teacher with plans to become a stay-at-home mom when they adopt! Their California home is located near parks, wonderful schools, and friendly families with young children. Brian and Jennifer’s house has a fenced-in pool, and they plan to decorate their spare bedroom as the nursery.

Here's more about Brian and Jennifer, a hopeful adoptive couple living in California:

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Topics: Adoptive couple video, Adoptive couple's video, adoption video,, adoptive family video, California adoptive couple, california adoptive couple for my baby, adoptive family from California, adoptive family from the West coast