Birth Parents Blog

How is Adoption Different Than Foster Care?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 15, 2019

Question: "I have a three-and-a-half year old daughter and I'm 30 weeks pregnant with another girl. I've really been struggling to pay bills and make ends meet. As hard as it is to admit, I'm thinking it might be best to adopt out my baby.

My friend told me that it's possible to get my baby back if I put her in foster care, so I'm curious about that. What's the difference between foster care and adoption? Why should I choose adoption?"

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Topics: foster care, Foster Adoption, giving my baby up for adoption, how long do I have to change my mind?

What’s the Difference Between Adoption and Foster Care?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 10, 2014

Adoption gives you the opportunity to choose the life you want for your child. It is permanent, although you can choose to remain a part of your child’s life. Right now, you have choices and control.

Foster care may be a short-term or temporary arrangement and it may or may not allow you any choices regarding where your child will go. Most children placed in foster care in the U.S. are there because of neglect, abuse, or abandonment. Once a child is in the foster care system, it can be very difficult to get them back out.

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Topics: Adoption, foster care

Is Foster Care a Good Alternative to Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 15, 2013

Question: My husband is facing a prison sentence of quite a few years and I just don’t think I can handle being a single parent and having my son see his daddy in jail. But, I don’t want to say goodbye to my son. I told my friend that I was considering making an adoption plan for my son. She said that I should place him in foster care instead, so that I can reunite with him once I’m ready. Is this possible?

Answer: Foster care can look like a temporary solution to parenting, but in fact it can be quite difficult to change your mind, once your children are involved in the system.

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Topics: Adoption, foster care

Adoption Truth

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 19, 2013

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Topics: birth mother, Adoption, children, foster care, Child Protective Services

Open Adoption…Foster Care’s Alternative

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 27, 2008

Since 2003 the number of children awaiting placement in the foster care system far outweighs the available homes. The situation is becoming dire in Louisiana, and is certainly becoming a concern for the country as a whole. “We don’t have enough parents to provide the types of services that our children really do need.” This statement from a recent article in The Times-Picayune addresses the immediacy of a problem facing many children and families.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human services, in 1980, approximately 300, 000 children that had spent some time in the foster care facility. By 2001, that number had increased to nearly 800,000 with 540,000 in the system at any given time. This figure is alarming. The drastic increase appears to stem from a variety of factors including emergence of widespread homelessness, substance abuse, mental health issues, increased parental incarceration rates, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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Topics: Adoption, children, foster care