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What if I Change My Mind and Want My Baby Back?

What if I change my mind about adoption?Question: “What if I change my mind about adopting my baby out, and decide I want to raise my child myself?”

Answer: We understand that adoption is a big decision and might make you feel uncertain. Many women thinking about adoption worry that they may later regret their choice, and wonder, “If I give my baby up for adoption, can I get her back later?”

Know that just by contacting our agency, it doesn’t obligate you to make an adoption plan. You can contact Lifetime Adoption Agency at any time to learn more about the unplanned pregnancy choice of adoption.

And, know that you’re always in charge during your adoption planning process. You can change your mind and stop the adoption process at any time.

Your adoption decision doesn’t become final until you give your consent after your baby is born. Until that point, you have the right to change your mind and parent your child.

During your pregnancy, you still have the chance to change your mind and stop the adoption process. You’re probably considering adoption because you want your baby to grow up in a stable home.

Choosing Your Open Adoption Relationship

After you’ve given consent to the adoption, it doesn’t mean that you have to end your relationship with your baby. Many birth mothers have found comfort in keeping an open adoption relationship with their child after placement.

Getting Free Counseling and Support

Adoption isn’t an easy choice to make, and so most women face difficult feelings before, during and after the adoption process. Your Adoption Coordinator is available 24/7 to provide professional adoption services at no cost to you. If you need help to sort through your feelings, Lifetime can connect you with a third-party licensed counselor for free. We want to help you explore your options, and ultimately make a decision that you feel good about.

To learn more about your choices and rights in the adoption process and the support that is available to you, call
1-800-923-6784 to talk with an Adoption Coordinator,
for free and with zero obligation.

Why Should We Choose a Christian Adoption Agency?

Tommy and Kaycee, one of the many happy couples that Lifetime's Christian adoption agency has helped!“My wife and I have just started to look into adopting because fertility treatments aren’t working. Since our faith is such a major part of our lives, we want to adopt through a Christian adoption agency. But, we’ve noticed that there are so many Christian adoption agencies out there! How do we decide?”

The best way to evaluate all of the agencies you’ve found is to create a list of questions that are important to you. Then, call each agency and speak with a real person. If you’re wondering what to ask them, you can get ideas from these 20 questions: “Your Checklist for Choosing an Adoption Professional.”

When you talk with a representative from the agency, don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions. After all, this is the organization that will be helping guide you to the child God has meant for you! Ask, and make sure to take good notes so that you can refer to later.

Religious beliefs play a role in every aspect of one’s life, including adoption. When it becomes clear after lots of prayer that you’re being called to adopt a baby, it’s important to keep your faith in mind when searching for an adoption agency.

Lifetime has worked for hundreds of Christian couples as they prayerfully traveled down the path of adoption. Christian adoption agencies such as Lifetime are not just faith-based, but Christ-centered as well. From the person who processes your application to adopt to the one who works with your birth mother, it’s comforting for Christian adoptive couples to know the people at their agency share their core values and speak a common language of belief.

Many birth parents of faith have chosen our Christian adoption agency because they want their child to be raised by parents of the same faith. When a birth mother creates an adoption plan for her older child, she benefits from knowing that the foundation of faith she’s begun in her child’s life will continue. Providing this match and assurance is one of the many ways a Christian adoption agency like Lifetime can offer support to all involved.

The adoption process can be an emotional one, but you can take comfort knowing that the adoption agency you choose is more than just a business. Instead, it’s a prayerfully built ministry, called to assist both adoptive and birth parents.

We’d love to answer your questions about how Lifetime can help you adopt! Just give us a call at 1-800-923-6784 or email us.

We invite you to step forward in faith today, and fill out Lifetime’s free online application to adopt!

“Becoming first-time parents through adoption is our dream!”

bryan-micheleBryan and Michele just finished creating this cute video to introduce themselves and share about their dreams of adopting a baby. They’re so excited to become first-time parents through adoption!

Bryan and Michele are looking forward to making new memories with your child like traveling, fishing, and spending the holidays together. Bryan is a business owner and volunteer EMS/Firefighter. Michele’s a first-grade teacher and will be a part-time stay-at-home mom. Together, they enjoy fishing, going to the movies, and traveling to the mountains. Every other year, Bryan and Michele take a trip to Disneyland and see a NASCAR race

They’ve been married for six years, and share, “We’re both looking forward to nurturing your child into the person they will become by providing them with a great education, caring for their spirituality, and promoting their self-confidence.”  Bryan and Michele are open to sharing letters, pictures, and visits in the future with you! 

You can watch Bryan and Michele’s short & sweet adoption video here!

North Carolina Couple Eager to Become First-time Parents Through Adoption! from Lifetime Adoption on Vimeo.

micheleBryan shares about his wife, “Michele has the biggest heart and is always helping others in need. On the weekends, you can find her enjoying a girl’s day with her best friends, unwinding with a great book, planning trips either to the mountains or new places, or watching a “chick-flick” or comedy movie.

As a first grade teacher, she loves to be around children and all of the children in her class adore her. Michele is looking forward to teaching our child to fish and play sports, and I know she will be a caring and loving mother!”

bryanAnd Michele says about her husband: Bryan is the sweetest man I know and is always there for our family. He loves to fish on the lake with his dad, volunteer, and cook up a great meal on the grill, especially when our friends and family are around! As a firefighter, he is always there to help those in need and enjoys every moment. 

Bryan is looking forward to tucking our child in every night and celebrating the holidays together as a family. He will raise our child to be a wonderful person and will be there for him or her every step of the way.”

 
 

You can find out more about hopeful adoptive couple Bryan and Michele by visiting their adoption website.

You may also view all adoptive family profiles here on AdoptionAgencyFlorida.com. If you see an adoptive family that you’re interested in, please give us a call at 1-877-383-6847.

“Thank you for helping us on the journey to parenthood. We love Lifetime!”

Chris and Carrie adopted their son through the Lifetime adoption agency

Lifetime’s adoption agency in Florida loves it when we get to share updates from our adoptive couples who have experienced the joy of infant adoption! Today, we’re sharing a sweet updated from Chris and Carrie, a young adoptive couple living in Kentucky. Earlier this year, we wrote about their exciting news of being blessed to adopt a baby boy!

Back in January, Chris and Carrie shared with us: “The whole process was just absolutely amazing! Colton’s birth parents are angels. They allowed us to be present for the entire process. We were in the room for his birth and the four of us spent an hour and a half together before we went to separate rooms. Colton’s birth mother was able to hold him as well!”

Here’s the most recent email from Chris and Carrie, who created their family with the help of the Lifetime adoption agency:

Chris and Carrie's son, ColtonHi Tiffany,

Here are some photos of us and sweet Colton. We are beyond grateful that we get to raise Colton. He is the most amazing gift! We are so thankful for his birth parents, we love them dearly.

Colton is almost five months, he loves to coo, smile, suck on his hands and laugh. We are trying to enjoy every moment with him.

We just finished our last post placement visit and hope to finalize within the next month. Words cannot accurately express the joy and life he has brought to our family. Thank you for helping us along this journey to parenthood, we love Lifetime!

And check out this short video about their experience with the Lifetime adoption agency!

If you’d like to read more adoption stories like this one, please visit our “Recent Adoptions & Matches” page. Our adoption staff updates this page all the time, so you’ll want to keep visiting the page to see new baby photos and stories!

If you’re ready to see how Lifetime’s Adoption Agency could help build your family, please apply today! You can click here to take the first step towards becoming a Lifetime family.

Get Info on Your Choices With Open Adoption

Lifetime shares info on your choices with open adoptionWhen you make an open adoption plan with Lifetime, you’re in the driver’s seat. You have lots of choices, including your baby’s adoptive parents, how things will be handled at the hospital, and how much contact you’d like after the placement. Today, we’re going to give you some quick info on the three major choices with open adoption!

  1. Select the Adoptive Family for Your Baby
  2. This is one of the most important choices with open adoption. We’ll ask you what you’re looking for in parents for your baby. Maybe you’re hoping that they live in a certain area of the country, or maybe you’re looking for a couple who don’t have any children yet. Your Adoption Coordinator at Lifetime will mail or email you profiles all about the adoptive families that fit what you’re looking for. In the profile booklets, you can see photos and learn about their careers, parenting style, interests, and many other things. If you’d like to look at couples now, you can browse our hopeful adoptive family websites.

    Once you pick your favorite adoptive couple, you can interview them over the phone. We encourage you to ask them questions about topics important to you and get to know them better.

  3. Plan Your Hospital Stay
  4. You have the choice of how things are handled during your hospital stay for delivery. Here are some things to think about:

    • Who is allowed to be at the hospital when you deliver?
    • Would you like your baby in the room with you? Would you like your baby to stay in the nursery by the adoptive couple?
    • Once it’s time to check out, would you like to leave first, or should the adoptive couple leave first?
    • Would you like a copy of the newborn pictures the hospital takes?

  5. Determine Future Contact
  6. Another major one of your choices with open adoption involves how much contact you’ll have after placement. The relationship you have with your child and the adoptive family can run a wide range of options. Some women choose to have a very open adoption and get updates on their child through photos, emails, and visits. Other women are fine with not having visits and get updates on social media instead.

    Along with your child’s adoptive parents, you’re able to determine the amount and type of future contact you’d like to keep!

Whenever you’re ready to start learning more about your choices with open adoption, you can call Lifetime at 1-800-923-6784.

How to Afford Adoption with a LightStream Adoption Loan

You CAN afford adoption with a LightStream adoption loan!At the Lifetime adoption agency in Florida, we don’t want a lack of finances to stand in the way of you being able to adopt. The cost to adopt can be an obstacle for many people. Fortunately, there is a unique adoption loan available to help families pay the fees connected to adopting.

A LightStream adoption loan makes it possible for you to expand or begin your family through adoption. You don’t need to be working with our adoption agency in Florida to apply for LightStream’s loan. Any hopeful adoptive family can take advantage of this financial assistance.

You’re able to use LightStream’s flexible “AnythingLoan” to pay for anything relating to your adoption process. For example, you might use it to pay adoption professionals, for adoption travel, to cover the costs to print adoption profiles, or even furnishing your future baby’s nursery.

LightStream’s loan creates an affordable answer for those hoping to adopt. Here’s some info about LightStream’s Adoption Loan:

  • Loan amounts begin at $5,000
  • You’re able to get a loan for up to $100,000
  • Fixed interest rates as low as 5.49% APR with AutoPay
  • This is an unsecured loan (meaning, you don’t need to put up your house or another valuable asset as collateral)
  • The loan process is simple and completely online, from your application to funding
  • Repayment terms up to 84 months
  • No late fees
  • No loan origination fee
  • If you pay off your loan early, LightStream will not charge you any additional fees

Visit LightStream.com/Lifetime-Adoption to apply for a LightStream Adoption Loan.

So that you get a low-interest rate, LightStream has a “rate beat” program. They will beat an interest rate (APR) from any other lender by .10 percentage points. The other lender’s rate needs to meet the terms and conditions as described here. Wondering about their “rate beat” program and what makes LightStream different from other lenders? Check out this short video.

Here what others have said about LightStream’s Adoption Loan:

“They have an unbelievable interest rate! We applied and were approved within 24 hours.”

“We got approved for our adoption loan with LightStream today, and the funds should be in our account by tomorrow!”

“The loan we received through LightStream was fantastic. Best experience I’ve ever had. Fast, quick, easy. I couldn’t say enough or tell enough people about it. I was amazed how simple it was.”

To get more information and apply, visit LightStream.com.

Florida Family of 3 Hopes to Grow Through Adoption!

Josh and Amber are a Christian family of 3 living in sunny Florida, who loves laughing, going on adventures at theme parks, and exploring new restaurants/foods. This Florida family is looking forward to growing with a child of any race through the miracle of adoption. Josh and Amber’s hearts are full of love and joy in anticipation of sharing this beautiful journey with you through an open adoption!

They created this cute video to introduce themselves and share more about what they have to offer your child. Keep scrolling to learn more about this fun-loving Florida couple!

Florida family Josh and Amber hope to adopt!

Josh and Amber been married for almost 10 years. Together, they enjoy going to sporting events to cheer for the Kentucky Wildcats, relaxing by the ocean, traveling and learning the history of new places, and playing tennis together. Every Sunday, they serve together as Sunday school teachers for preschoolers. They were blessed with their daughter four years ago, but aren’t able to have any more children biologically.

Josh is a Lieutenant in the United States Public Health Services and works as a physician’s assistant. Amber’s a physical therapist who travels to her patient’s homes to provide care. She enjoys hosting parties for friends and family and photographing these celebrations. Josh likes to exercise through Cross Fit and cook healthy meals.

You can find out more about hopeful adoptive couple Josh and Amber by visiting their adoption website. You may also view all adoptive family profiles here on AdoptionAgencyFlorida.com. If you see an adoptive family that you’re interested in, please give us a call at 1-877-383-6847.

Did You Know That There’s a Symbol of Adoption?

The symbol of adoptionIf you’ve been blessed by adoption, you might wish to honor your journey in a meaningful way. The symbol of adoption has been used by many to share their love of open adoption. As seen in this image, the symbol of adoption is a triangle entwined with a heart. Each of the three sides of the triangle signifies the adoption triad: birth family, adoptive family, and adoptee. The heart symbolizes the love present in an open adoption relationship!

We encourage you to appreciate the fact that all in the adoption triad play a role in building a healthy, safe life for the child. Understanding what each party in the triad should (and shouldn’t) contribute is an important first step. Today, we’re sharing about the roles of adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoptees!

Adoptive Parents

adoption loveAdoptive parents provide the child with daily care, support, and love. They’re responsible for the child emotionally, medically, and financially. And adoptive parents are responsible for helping their child grow healthy self-esteem about their adoption. Openness and honesty are encouraged from the very beginning. It means sharing in an age-appropriate way that the child’s birth parents created this adoption plan to give them the best life possible.

Adoptive parents should honor the promise of ongoing contact that they made to the birth parents. If you promised to send pictures and updates, send them. If you agreed to visits, then schedule them. Open adoption is built on trust. If contact doesn’t happen, your child might search for his or her birth parents. You don’t want your child to hear that you broke your promise to keep in touch!

Birth Parents

Birth parents are a vital part of the adoption triad. They’ll always have a biological link to their child. At the same time, they should honor the level of contact they agreed to. It’s difficult to manage expectations if they thought, for example, that their child would still call them “Mom.” Having a sensitive conversation with them can help.

Sometimes birth parents make negative choices after placement. If you’re worried about your child’s safety, it’s acceptable to look at boundaries. But don’t change your open adoption agreement because some of the choices are ones you don’t approve of. Simply express your concern and hope for them.

The Adoptee

What a sweet update on baby Brynlee!Children should be provided the truth about their adoption in a way they can understand. You can share more and answer more questions as your child gets older. That way, your child doesn’t grow up confused about where they came from.

When parents wait to tell their child that they were adopted, it comes as a major shock, and there’s the potential for relationships to suffer. Part of loving your adopted child is loving where they came from, including their birth mother. Face the challenges you might feel when your child is curious about their origins.

When you understand adoption from everyone’s point of view as well as what healthy boundaries look like, these roles in the adoption triad will bring positive outcomes.

Find out how Lifetime can help you achieve your dream of adopting a newborn!

To get started, just fill out our free online application.

How Do I Know My Baby Will Be Safe?

Adoptive family and children on the beach in FloridaWe know that you want to pick the perfect adoptive family for your baby. When you’re looking at adoptive parent profiles, they’ll probably all say things that you like, and appear to be nice and friendly.

But, as one woman says it, “how do I know these couples are going to be good parents? How can I know for sure whether my baby will be safe?”

Keep reading to get insider info about the background checks and intensive screening that everyone has to get in order to adopt!

 

How Do the Adoptive Families Get Evaluated?

An adoption professional will screen and evaluate the hopeful adoptive couple. In-depth screenings and background checks are performed, and the couple will have a social worker visit them at home. The social worker is there to check out whether their house is a safe place for a baby or child. The adoptive couple is interviewed by the social worker, who asks questions to make sure they’re qualified and ready to be parents.

The adoptive couple has to pass criminal background checks, prove their income through payroll stubs or tax records, and get physicals to make sure they’re healthy.

Here’s a quick list of what’s included in the evaluation process to adopt a child:

  • Background checks
  • Multiple interviews with each adopting person
  • Medical history
  • Questions about the stability of a couple’s relationship, their family, and discipline practices
  • Personal references
  • Criminal record, child abuse, and FBI clearances
  • Physical exams
  • Income tax records
  • A tour of their home and surroundings

All of this combined is how Lifetime knows that each adoptive couple has good morals, is financially secure, and in a stable marriage. Before they can adopt, Lifetime adoptive couples are required to pass an intense screening process. As you can tell, you can be sure your baby is going to a safe and loving home with Lifetime!

And it doesn’t stop at placement. After your baby goes home with the adoptive family, the social worker and agency will conduct follow-up interviews and visits. They’ll ensure that your child continues to flourish. A regular part of every Lifetime adoption is phone conversations, doctor’s reports, updates, and pictures.

Do you have questions about adoption? Lifetime is available 24/7; you can text or call us at 1-800-923-6784.

Adoption Opportunities at Our Adoption Agency in Florida

Learn about our adoption agency in Florida's available adoption opportunities!When you’re thinking about infant adoption to grow your family, it’s normal to wonder about the babies available for adoption. In the adoption world, you may hear terms like “adoption opportunities” and “adoption situations.” Keep reading to find out if our adoption agency in Florida would be a good fit for your family!

It’s important to research domestic adoption before you dive in! Part of that research means finding out more about an adoption professional’s available adoption opportunities. When you’re seeking a newborn adoption, you’ll come across web pages which have info on birth mothers seeking adoptive families for their baby. Reading about them and about their available adoption opportunity will help you decide if the adoption professional’s right for you! Below, we’ve included info on just three of the many birth mothers that Lifetime Adoption Agency is working with right now:

We’re searching for an adoptive family to adopt a Caucasian six-month-old baby boy. His birth mother is struggling to provide for her son and is hopeful to find a loving, financially stable couple who currently have adopted children. She works full time but is having a hard time providing the things he needs and she feels he deserves a better life. There was no substance use during her pregnancy and she reports he is healthy. She would like an open adoption to include visits.

This adoption agency in Florida is also looking for adoptive parents for an African American/Hawaiian baby due next month. The birth mother is looking for a Christian family, one that can provide whatever her baby needs. She is currently parenting a 1-year-old and feels it would be too difficult to financially provide for both. She would like a semi-open adoption with no visits (just letters and photos) for updates. She is focused on getting her life on track, taking care of her daughter, and pursuing a career in the medical field. She has had regular prenatal care and has not reported any substance use during her pregnancy.

Finally, we’re seeking a loving, financially secure Caucasian couple to adopt a baby due in September (gender is unknown). The birth mother is seeking a couple who will provide her child with a wonderful life full of fun and adventure. She would prefer that the couple have parenting experience. Some cigarette use stated but no other health issues, she shares. Assistance with pregnancy-related expenses will be appreciated. Contact desired after placement will be letters, pictures, and the option of a visit once a year. She does have medical insurance and will be starting her prenatal care soon..

To view our adoption agency in Florida’s complete list of Adoption Agency Florida’s adoption situations, click here.

The first step to take if you’d like to adopt a baby with our adoption agency in Florida is to complete Lifetime’s
FREE online application to adopt.