Birth Parents Blog

My Daughter is One...Is It Too Late to Choose Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 20, 2018

Question: "My baby just turned 1, and while it’s hard to imagine adopting her out after a year of loving and caring for her, it’s also hard to think of what could happen if I don’t do an adoption now. I can’t hold a job because the best jobs require hours beyond usual daycare hours. If I can’t pay my bills, I can’t take care of her. Is it too late to do adoption?"

Answer: It’s never too late to make an adoption plan for your child. Lifetime has helped many women who tried parenting before turning to adoption. You can oversee the entire adoption planning process, and that includes deciding when you're ready to begin. No matter if your child is weeks, months or years old, adoption is always a decision that you can make. If you choose adoption later on, you have the same choices and rights as a pregnant woman making an adoption plan. This includes:

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An Interview With A Birth Mother: Why I Chose Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 13, 2018

Today, we're sharing one woman's story of choosing adoption for her child. We were able to chat with a birth mother, Ashley, about her experience with open adoption. She gives an honest, intelligent and thought-provoking account of what it was like for her to choose adoption for her son.

Ashley expresses the role this choice has played in the lives of everyone involved. And, she optimistically looks toward the future of the unique relationship built by open adoption.

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Topics: birth mother stories, what is open adoption like?

"What if People Ask Me If I Have Kids?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 6, 2018

Many birth mothers have found it difficult to talk about their birth child with people they don’t know. Do you feel that the person asking if you have kids is someone you’d like to share your personal feelings with?

If you are OK with going into detail about your adoption plan, that's great. If not and you find it easier just to say “No,” it doesn't mean you’re denying you have a child. Don't feel guilty about answering "no."

If you haven't found a response you’re comfortable with, here are a few suggestions. One of these might work for you when you're asked: "Do you have any children?”

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Topics: Adoption story, adoption for my baby, post-adoption, what is open adoption like?, contact with my baby

Dallas Area Couple Eager to Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 29, 2018

Ben and Lara live in the Dallas area and have created this cute video to introduce themselves and share about their dreams of adopting a baby!

They're an artistic, faith-oriented family who are looking forward to expanding their household through adoption. Ben and Lara have a three-year-old son, and they're super excited for him to become a big brother to a new brother or sister.

They've been married for eight years, and love adventures. As Christians, Ben and Lara are very active in their church and are close to their church family. They love outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and going to baseball games. Ben and Lara are open to adopting a child of any race and are open to letters, visits, and pictures if you are comfortable. 

Keep reading to learn more about Dallas area couple Ben and Lara,
and to watch their sweet video!

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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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What Should I Ask Adoptive Families About Their Faith?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 15, 2018

Lifetime has many adoptive couples to choose from, of various denominations. So, if it’s important to you that your child’s adoptive family be a specific denomination such as Baptist, Catholic, or Methodist, make sure to let your Adoption Coordinator know.

Once you’re interested in one adoptive couple, you'll have the opportunity to get to know them better over the phone. Know that it's normal to be nervous about this phone call. If you'd like, your Adoption Coordinator can join in on the call and help move the convo along.

When you talk to the adoptive couple you're interested in, you'll probably want to learn more about their religious background. Here are 8 possible questions about faith that you might ask them:

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“What if People Say I’m Selfish for Adopting Out My Baby?”

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 8, 2018

"I'm only ten weeks pregnant, and I've just started to look at adoptive parent websites. Since I'm still in college, and my baby's father wants nothing to do with all this, I know deep down that adoption is the best decision I could make.

But I'm worried about what people might think. Are people right to say that adopting out my baby is selfish of me? How should I respond when they say stuff like that?"

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Topics: adoption tip, adopting out my baby

Can a Couple in Another State Adopt My Baby?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 1, 2018

When you're thinking about adoption, you're looking for the perfect adoptive family for your baby. But is it possible if the adoptive couple lives outside of your state?

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

How Do I Explain My Baby's Adoption To My Other Children?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 22, 2018

"I'm 23 and seven months pregnant with my third child. Making ends meet is so hard with two kids, and I feel like it will be next to impossible with three! So I'm probably going to do adoption...

I'm worried about how I will tell my other children that I'm adopting out this baby. How can I tell my kids about my decision?"

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Topics: adoption plan, adoption for my baby, explaining adoption to children

Outdoorsy Couple from Washington Eager to Adopt!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 19, 2018

Derek and Jennifer just finished creating this cute video to share about themselves and their hopes of adopting a baby. They live in the beautiful state of Washington, where Derek has a stable career as a pilot, and Jennifer's a Director of Public Affairs. Derek and Jennifer's home is located on three acres in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State, among many of God's great gifts.

They enjoy doing everything together, from hiking with their dogs, cooking delicious meals, enjoying a quiet cup of coffee in the morning, and playing board games with family. Derek and Jennifer love the outdoors! In the summer months, they go hiking and fix up the yard and in the winter, they ski every chance that they can get.

Derek and Jennifer will provide your child with a stable home, a childhood full of wonder, an excellent education, and endless love. They're open to sharing letters, pictures, and visits if you are comfortable!

Keep reading to learn more about this outdoorsy adoptive couple from Washington...

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