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What You Need to Know About Adoption and Maternity Leave

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 3, 2020

Choosing adoption for your baby can be an exhausting process — emotionally, mentally, and physically. Like other new mothers, you deserve time to recover from your delivery and the adoption processes.

You might be wondering if you're allowed to take maternity leave if you plan on placing your baby for adoption. You are already going through a difficult ordeal that impacts you emotionally and physically, and you need time to recover after you give birth. 

Are you unsure if you should take maternity leave in the coming months? This guide will help you look at your options.

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Topics: adoption for my baby, post-partum, maternity leave, post-placement, adoption and maternity leave

Happy, Active Christian Couple in Texas Will Be Wonderful Parents!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 27, 2020

Meet Geoff and Jordan, a happy, active Christian couple in Texas 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.  Keep reading to learn why they're going to make amazing parents!

Geoff and Jordan would love to adopt a boy or girl of any racial background, and have a connection with you, if you’d like. Their jobs provide them with the flexibility to be home with their future son or daughter. Geoff and Jordan's close-knit, supportive family, is ready and excited to welcome another child. 

What would Geoff and Jordan be like as my baby's parents?

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Lifetime is Here to Help You During COVID-19

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 20, 2020

Everyone in the world is worried about COVID-19 right now—worried about our collective well-being, and of course, worried about ourselves and our own unique situation. If you're pregnant right now, you likely have even more on your mind. 

Your mind may be reeling with all of the stories on the news and social media. One of the hardest parts of all this is that we are still learning. However, every day we know more, and we want to assure you that although it feels scary, there is still a good chance everything will be okay, especially if you take the proper precautions.

We want you to know that Lifetime continues to be here to help you during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Adoption Coordinators are available and ready to provide confidential adoption help to you anytime.

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Topics: COVID-19 and pregnancy

Here’s What You Need to Know About Putting Kids Up for Adoption Together

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 13, 2020

"Can I put both my children up for adoption?

Are there couples who would take more than one child?"

Whether it's behavioral issues, a lack of support, or worries about your finances that brought you to this blog, know that Lifetime is here to help. It's common to feel helpless sometimes as a parent. When you're facing a crisis, adoption may seem the best option for your children to have a better life.

Let's say that you just learned you are having twins (or even triplets!) Or maybe you already have a child, and suddenly you discover that you are pregnant again. If this sounds like your situation, you might want to know that there are couples out there who would be willing to take on more than one child at once.

There are actually adoptive families that would be eager to take on more than one child at a time. While most of Lifetime's adoptive couples are seeking a newborn adoption, it is possible to place both of your children with the same family. In fact, it may be more common than you think.

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Topics: sibling group adoption, place children for adoption, putting kids up for adoption

Can I Make a Secret Adoption Plan?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 5, 2020

If you're pregnant, you might wonder if you can keep adoption a secret. Should you? You may feel unsure if telling anybody about your pregnancy is a good idea, especially if you are thinking about adoption.

So much is going through your head right now. Will people understand your choice? Will they judge you? Will they be angry? Nobody can predict the answers to these questions. Even people who love you may act in ways you do not expect.

But should this keep you from telling anybody about your adoption plan? Is it possible to make a secret adoption plan?

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Topics: Confidentiality, secret adoption

What If My Baby's Father Is Against Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 28, 2020

So you’ve told your baby’s father that you’re pregnant, and he seems disinterested in your situation. You tell him that you're considering adoption, and he gets upset. He is clear that he does not want to raise the baby, and he does not want to provide you with financial support. What are you supposed to do?

It feels unfair that the vast majority of the burden of pregnancy and making decisions for a growing child fall onto your shoulders. The baby’s father can essentially walk away at any time, and you could be stuck trying to make ends meet while also raising a baby. So, what should you do if the father of your child is unwilling to step up in any way? An adoption professional is the key to helping you understand your options.

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Topics: Baby's father, baby's dad, father of my baby, birth father, birth father rights, my baby's father is against adoption

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