Birth Parents Blog

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

What It's Like to Make an Adoption Plan

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 15, 2019

It's normal to have lots of mixed feelings after you make an adoption plan for your child. Many birth parents get a feeling of satisfaction in knowing that their child is living with parents who love and provide for them. They feel empowered as birth parents because their adoption decision helped provide their child with a good life.

Some birth parents come to find that the sense of loss is deeper than they expected. It's totally normal to feel sad after the adoption is complete, or to feel reassured and relieved. Having various feelings is very common, and your feelings might get complicated for a bit.

As you think about adoption for your baby, know that you’re not alone. Many women have been where you are right now. Keep reading to see what birth mothers have said adoption was like for them!

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Topics: adopt out my baby, adoption for my baby, adopt out my child, what is open adoption like?, what is adoption like?

“Can I Do a Temporary Adoption?”

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 1, 2019

It's normal to feel overwhelmed by parenting. All around the country, thousands of women are thinking the same thing — parenting is impossible. Some moms feel like they can't give their child all the attention and resources he or she needs to thrive. Faced with a situation like this, you might be wondering about temporary adoption. 

It's understandable to feel this way. You love your child and don't want to lose custody, but just need a little help to get things back on track. Right now, you might be thinking, "I want to give my baby up for adoption temporarily."

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Topics: Open Adoption, adopt out my baby, is adoption right for me, temporary adoption, temporary adoptions

What Adoption Was Like for Me - Women Share Their Stories

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 14, 2019

Real-Life Open Adoption Stories

Have you been wondering, "what's open adoption like in real life?" Or maybe, "I don't know if I can adopt out my baby! How do women do that?"

When you're thinking about adoption for your baby, it helps to see adoption from the perspective of a woman who has already chosen adoption. Hearing from her can help you know what to expect during the process. One of the best ways to learn about open adoption is to learn from women who have created an adoption plan for a child.

Today, you'll hear from women who have their own open adoption stories as birth mothers. Their adoption stories provide a real-life look at what open adoption is like today!

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Topics: adoption stories, Adoption for my child, Adoption story, adoption video,, adopt out my baby, adoption for my baby, birth mother videos, birth mother stories

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 birth mothers to have post-adoption contact with their 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

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

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

"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 about cost 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