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

Real-Life Story Reveals Benefits of Open Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 6, 2019

"When I became pregnant at 19, I was terrified. Single, working full time, and taking night classes at the community college, I was in no position to provide the life I wanted for my baby. I was sure that adoption was the right choice, but I didn't know much about the process. I initially thought that my baby would be taken from me as soon as I gave birth. She would disappear with her new adoptive parents, and I would never see or hear from her again. Maybe she'd somehow track me down when she became an adult, as I'd seen in the movies.

While this was not the path I wanted, I thought this was my only choice. Little did I know that adoption has changed dramatically. I am so grateful for the warm, judgment-free help I received from Lifetime Adoption. Their help inspired me to choose an open adoption plan, which has given me a future with my child I never dreamed could happen...

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption story, birth mother stories, what is open adoption like?, adoption testimonial

How to Write a Letter of Love to Your Child

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 22, 2019

When you chose adoption, you provided your child with many lifelong gifts. For most women, their reasons for making an adoption plan include the ability to provide their child with two loving and stable parents, a bright future, and every opportunity to succeed in life.

Another beautiful, cherished gift which only you can provide is a letter of love to your child. In it, you have the opportunity to share your feelings of hope and love. Writing it will allow you to release your child into the arms of the adoptive parents with trust, faith, and love. Plus, this special letter has been known to help many a birth mother face mixed emotions after placing her child. 

Wondering how to write a letter like this? How can you possibly express all the love you have for your child? Today, Lifetime Adoption is sharing 6 quick tips for writing a letter of love to your child

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Topics: Open Adoption, letter to my birth child, birth child, what is open adoption like?, will my child hate me?, explaining adoption to children, talking to children about adoption

“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

"Adoption let me give my son the BEST life possible!"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 20, 2019

Birth Mother Adoption Testimony—Christina’s Story

We recently had the privilege of providing a platform for Christina to share her adoption story. She was facing a nerve-wracking situation in 2017, when she found out she was pregnant unexpectedly. Christina contacted Lifetime Adoption and made a beautiful open adoption plan with a family she chose and met ahead of time. 

Today she maintains an open adoption with the adoptive family and her son, who live in Texas. She just finished nursing school and started working at a local clinic. It's a privilege and honor for us to share Christina's story here:

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, Open Adoption, Adoption story, birth mother stories, what is open adoption like?, unplanned pregnancy choices, adoption testimonial, adoption testimonials

How to Survive at Work in Your Third Trimester

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 13, 2019

During the last few weeks of your pregnancy, you’re probably getting tired so easily that it’s like a major achievement to do anything. (Ever try tying your shoes lately?!)

It might seem like each day during your third trimester brings a new symptom and side effect. However, you're still expected to arrive to your job and smile and work like everyone else.

Here are 6 tips on how to survive life at work when you are very, very pregnant:

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Topics: Open Adoption, Pregnancy choices, adoption plan, working during pregnancy, pregnancy tips, third trimester, pregnancy health, pregnancy tip

It’s Your Choice: 3 Myths That Limit a Mother’s Adoption Options

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 26, 2019

Here at Lifetime, we understand that first phone call, text, or message can be nerve wracking for women who are considering adoption for a child. When women contact us, it’s common to hear “I’m not sure yet, but I just want to know how adoption works.” As she shares more about her situation, each mother starts to find words for the questions that have been going through their minds, usually for weeks before reaching out for information.

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Topics: Open Adoption, what is open adoption like?, how do I put my baby up for adoption?, modern adoption, benefits of adoption, how to choose a family for my baby, open adoption questions, adoption hospital plan

4 Steps in the Open Adoption Process for Birth Mothers

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 19, 2019

We recently received a text from an expectant mother on our 24/7 text line that read, “I’m texting because I was curious about the process of an open adoption. What are the steps?”

When women call, text, or email to learn about open adoption, it is usually because they are pregnant and considering adoption for their babies. The steps to the open adoption process can be broken down into 4 parts:

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Topics: Open Adoption, what is open adoption like?, how do I put my baby up for adoption?, modern adoption, benefits of adoption, how to choose a family for my baby, open adoption questions, adoption hospital plan

"I chose adoption because I wanted her to have the best life possible"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 28, 2019

Hannah's Story - Choosing Adoption for My Daughter

September 2, 2017: This day changed my life forever. This was the day I found out I was pregnant.

My boyfriend took me to CVS to get a pregnancy test to be sure, but deep down we both already knew I was pregnant. There was life growing inside of me! I got so scared and tried to ignore the fact that I was pregnant at first.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption story, birth mother stories, what is open adoption like?

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?"
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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