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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

Our 3 Most Popular Pages (and Why!)

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 14, 2019

Are you thinking about adoption and don’t know where to start? With Lifetime, you make the choices to create a personalized adoption for your child, and we help you every step of the way. 

Right now, your mind might be spinning with tons of questions, like,
"How does adoption work?"
"
What do I get to decide about the process?"
"How do I even get started with adoption?"

Our website walks you through the steps to make an adoption plan for your baby, answering all of these questions and more. Lifetime's website has SO much information available, but all that info in one place might leave you feeling overwhelmed.

So today, we're going to share Lifetime's 3 most popular (and useful!) pages. They've been popular with many women who are figuring out if adoption is the right answer for them, just like you. Because let's face it, when you're thinking about a life decision as major as adoption, it helps to know what's been beneficial for other women in your situation.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption for my child, adoption website, adoption for my baby, adoption plan for my baby, how to choose a family for my baby

What to Ask When You Talk to Adoptive Parents

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 7, 2019

"I think I've just found the perfect family to adopt my baby! My baby’s father likes them too.

My Adoption Coordinator has given me their phone number and set up a time for me to call them and talk. Do you have any tips on what to say? What should I ask them about?"

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption for my child, adoption for my baby, family to adopt my baby, how to choose a family for my baby, questions to ask adoptive family

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

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

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

"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

The Best of This Blog: Top 10 Posts from 2018

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 28, 2018

The time has come: 2018 is drawing to a close. Maybe you feel like it flew by. Today, we’re taking a step back to look at Lifetime's most popular birth parent adoption blogs of 2018.

This year, we shared some common reasons why women choose adoption, information about how open adoption works, wrote about an interview with a birth mom, and much more!

So let’s get started with this quick recap of the 10 most popular posts on our blog in 2018:

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, Open Adoption, Adoption for my child, adoption for my baby, prenatal drug exposure, birth mother videos, what is open adoption like?, is it too late to choose adoption?, unplanned pregnancy choices, why do women choose adoption?, pregnant in jail

How to Face Thanksgiving if You Have an Unplanned Pregnancy

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 21, 2018

If you’re dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, you might be wondering how you'll handle your family member’s reactions at Thanksgiving. When you arrive at Thanksgiving dinner with a baby bump, how will you answer their questions?

Being with family during the holidays can be intense, and might bring up issues. Since you're facing a crisis, you might have a difficult time getting "into" all the holiday cheer around you.

Know that you're not alone. Many women have been where you're at, and have felt like you're feeling right now. So today, we're giving you some ideas and tips for you on how you might handle Thanksgiving with an unplanned pregnancy!

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, Adoption for my child, Holidays, adoption for my baby, hiding my pregnancy

Is Adoption the Right Choice for Me?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 16, 2018

Are you wondering whether adoption is the right choice for you and your baby? You might be feeling overwhelmed, scared, alone, and unsure. Let us assure you that you're not alone. While you may feel like you're the only one in the world facing an unplanned pregnancy, you're not. It's normal to feel that way.

But you're not the first or the last to walk this path. That can be comforting to hear because it means that there are resources, support, and information available to help you right now. Knowing your options and becoming well-informed can help you to feel more confident about whichever decision you make.

Today, we're giving you questions you can ask yourself to help decide if parenting or adoption is going to be the right choice for you!

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Topics: Pregnancy choices, adopt out my baby, adoption for my baby, choosing adoption for my baby, unplanned pregnancy choices