Birth Parents Blog

“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 to Open Adoption

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 an open adoption 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?"
"
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

How to Find Out if Open Adoption is Right for You

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 31, 2019

Open adoption gives you many choices, like choosing the adoptive parents for your baby. You can also decide how much you'd like to stay in touch with them after the adoption happens, and how you'd like to get updates on your child.

You are able to name what you anticipate your future relationships to look like. But we understand that it can be hard to decide about future contact now, before the adoption has happened.

Here are 4 questions to ask yourself as you decide if open adoption is right for you:

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Topics: Open Adoption, open adoption visits, what is open adoption like?, peer counseling, contact with my baby, open adoption questions, future contact

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