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Will My Child Know Who I Am?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 24, 2019

"I'm thinking about adopting out my baby once she's born. I want more for her than I can give her right now. I want her to have a good education and lots of opportunities in life.

If I give my baby up for adoption, can I see her as she grows up? Will my child know who I am?"

Yes! With open adoption, you're able to set expectations for contact with your child after she's placed with her adoptive parents. This means if you choose adoption, you can see your child again. Plus, you can develop a meaningful, positive relationship with your child as he or she grows up with their adoptive parents.

Lifetime Adoption encourages you to have post-adoption contact with your child. By maintaining a relationship with your child and their adoptive parents, you're helping your child develop a positive identity as an adoptee. Staying in touch with your child also helps to answer any questions they might have about their origins as they grow up.

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Topics: Open Adoption, adopt out my baby, open adoption visits, adoption for my baby, what is open adoption like?, contact with my baby, open adoption questions, future contact

Loving Christian Couple in Texas Will Be Wonderful Parents!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 17, 2019

Meet Drew and Kelly, a young, loving Texas 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. 

Drew and Kelly are excited to share their love for the Lord, large extended family, family traditions, education, and love of the outdoors with your child! They like to travel internationally and in the US, go on walks with their dog Lily when they get home from work every day, attend Texas sporting events, go to church with their families on Sundays, watch movies together, and have fun outdoor adventures. 

What Do Drew and Kelly Have to Offer as My Baby's Parents?

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

How to Survive Mother's Day When You've Chosen Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 10, 2019

On Mother’s Day, we honor the endless love that mothers have and recognize the sacrifices that they make for their children. For adoptive couples, Mother’s Day couldn't be celebrated without also recognizing their child's birth mother, who made the greatest sacrifice of all.

By choosing adoption, birth mothers not only gave their children life but also gave them a future full of opportunities through adoption. Through a birth mother's choice, many adoptive couples have had the opportunity to become parents.

That's why every year, the Saturday before Mother’s Day is celebrated nationally as Birth Mother’s Day. On this day, many adoptive parents will honor the women who helped make their families possible. Even though families in open adoptions honor this special holiday, this might be the first time you've ever heard of it. 

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Topics: Birthmother's Day, Birth Mother's Day, Mother's Day, Motherhood, National Birth Mother's Day

Being Brave for Baby – How Alyssa Gave Her Baby the Life He Deserved

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 3, 2019

If you're considering adoption, it helps to hear from women who have been in your shoes. When you read other women's stories, you'll learn why they chose adoption as well as the emotions, relationships, and opportunities these women have had since they placed.

Today, we're sharing Alyssa's adoption story. We hope by reading about how she came to adoption, you'll get insight and perspective as you begin your own adoption journey.

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Topics: Adoption story, adoption for my baby, abortion or adoption

Can I Adopt Out My Baby if I'm Pregnant and Addicted?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 26, 2019

Becoming pregnant unexpectedly can be stressful. And that overwhelming feeling only increases if you're pregnant and addicted to drugs.

Even if you're pregnant and addicted to drugs, we can still help you create an adoption plan. Lifetime is not here to judge you for using drugs during pregnancy. 

If you do choose adoption, know that there’s an adoptive family out there who would love to adopt your baby, substance abuse issues or not. Whether you have used in the past or are using now, it does not affect whether or not you can make an adoption plan.

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Topics: Give up my baby, adopt out my baby, prenatal drug exposure, drug-exposed baby, adopt out my child, addiction and adoption, opioid crisis and adoption

Parenting vs. Adoption: How to Decide What's Right for You

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 19, 2019

Have you been going back and forth between parenting and making an adoption plan? You might be wondering, "How can I figure out which is the right choice for me and my baby?!”

Unfortunately, there's no road map or quick answer to tell you which route to take. The decision of whether to parent or do adoption might just be the toughest decision you'll ever make in your entire life. 

For many women, it takes a lot of sleepless nights, prayer, and thought before they decide that adoption is the best choice for themselves and their baby, given their situation.

Here are 3 tips on how to put yourself in the best position so you can make this tough decision:

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Topics: parenting or adoption,, adoption or parenting, is adoption right for me, parenting vs. adoption

Can Watching Videos Help You Pick a Family for Your Baby?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 12, 2019

Are you looking for adoptive parents that will be a perfect fit for your baby? Then you’ll want to learn everything you can about potential adoptive parents. And one of the quickest ways to do that is by watching their adoption videos. 

Each adoption video on our site is just two minutes long, so you can easily watch a bunch of them in one sitting!

The adoptive family truly wants to get to know you, but for that to happen, you need to get to know them first. The videos you'll see on Lifetime's website are a great way to help you get to know an adoptive couple. They're the perfect tool to help you find the right adoptive family for your baby. And here's why...

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Topics: Adoptive parent video, Adoptive couple video, Adoptive couple's video, adoption video,, adoptive family video, how to choose an adoptive family, how to choose a family for my baby, find a family

How to Find Out if He Would Be a Good Dad

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 5, 2019

Parenting is widely recognized as one of the hardest jobs in the world. It's definitely not easy to be a mom, even if you have friends and family who will help. Right now, you might be wondering about the role your baby's father will play in the future. Is he "dad material"? Would he make a good dad?

Your child's daddy will play a big role in their life, whether he's around or not. So before deciding if you'll parent or do adoption, take a good, hard look at your other half. Several signs will tell you what kind of a daddy he will be.

Here are 14 questions you can ask yourself to tell if he'll be a good dad: 

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Topics: Relationships, Adoption, unplanned pregnancy, Parenting, Baby's father, Marriage, adoption or parenting, baby's dad, father of my baby, birth father

If I Choose Adoption, Can I Name My Baby?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 29, 2019

If you're choosing adoption for your baby, naming him or her may seem a little more confusing. Are you wondering things like this?
"Once I give my baby up for adoption, can the adoptive parents change their name? "
"Do give my baby a name, or do the adoptive parents?"
"Can we name the baby together?”

Join Lifetime as we give you answer to the question on if you can name your baby up for adoption and other common adoption questions, information about naming in adoption, and more!

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Topics: Open Adoption, adopt out my baby, adoption for my baby, Can I choose my baby's name?, naming an adopted baby, naming in adoption

How Do I Give My Baby Up for Adoption in a Different State?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 22, 2019

As a woman thinking about adoption, we know that you want to find the perfect adoptive family for your baby. But what if the perfect family doesn't live in your state? If this is the case for you, you might be wondering:

"Can I place my baby for adoption in a different state?"
"Can an adoptive couple from another state adopt my baby?"
"I want to give my baby up for adoption outside of my state — is that possible?"

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Topics: adopt out my baby, choosing an adoptive family, interstate adoption, give my baby up for adoption, how to choose an adoptive family, adoptive family outside of my state