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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.

Is Adoption the Right Choice for You?

Is adoption is the right choice for you after seeing a positive pregnancy test?Wondering if adoption is the right choice for you and for your baby? Maybe you’ve tried to parent for a few months and have been struggling big time. Or you could be dealing with a positive pregnancy test and are looking for another answer besides abortion.

We’re not here to judge, or to tell you that adoption is a simple decision to make. Today, we’re hoping to give you some info to help you decide if adoption is the right answer for you.

How Open Adoption Works:

  • You can pick your baby’s adoptive family based on your desires
  • You have the opportunity to receive no-cost counseling, from a licensed third-party therapist to help you work through your emotions during this whole process
  • You’re able to interview adoptive parents, meet them in person, and establish a relationship
  • It’s your right to create a birth plan and hospital plan that works for you
  • After the adoption, you can stay in touch with the adoptive family through letters, emails, photos, and visits if you wish
  • You can request financial assistance for pregnancy-related expenses

Peer Counseling from Birth Mothers

Lifetime has licensed counselors, experienced birth mothers, and adoption coordinators to help guide you through the process. Birth mothers who have made an adoption plan for their child through Lifetime are available for you to speak with. This can really help as you’re deciding whether adoption is the right choice for you because these birth mothers have been in your shoes! They’ll be real with you about what you might be feeling and going through because they’ve been there too.

Is Adoption the Right Choice for Me?

We're all about educating you so that you can make the best choice for you and your baby!Adoption isn’t the answer for everyone, but it may be the right choice for you. We’re all about educating you so that you can make the best choice for you and your baby. If you want to learn more about open adoption, check out these links:

“How do I know my baby is going into a good home?”

Is Adoption Right for You?…There’s an App for That!

How To Get The Counseling You Need During Your Adoption Planning

3 Common Fears About Choosing Adoption for Your Baby

This National Adoption Hotline Helps You Get Answers, Privately

How to Talk About Adoption With Your Baby’s Father

At our adoption agency in Florida, we’ll work with you throughout your entire adoption process and afterward too. Lifetime is here for you every step of the way. As you create an adoption plan for your baby, you can count on Adoption Agency Florida to:

  • Be available to you 24/7
  • Help you find the perfect adoptive family for your baby
  • Answer all your questions, to help in your decision making
  • Protect your privacy

We want you to know all the choices available to you. You’re in charge of your adoption plan and have the right to ask as many questions as you need to. We will guide you through the process. Our warm and caring staff is always available to speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Reach out to Lifetime’s Adoption Agency anytime you’re ready. We’re happy to talk with you privately any time at 1-800-923-6784.

“I need someone to adopt my baby”

"I need someone to adopt my baby!"We hear from women every day with situations like this one: “I just found out I’m pregnant, and my boyfriend literally disappeared. I thought we’d spend the rest of our lives together but he’s obvi not into me like I was into him! I’m still in high school and I have no idea how I’m going to raise a baby. My parents are threatening to kick me out so I know I can’t count on their help. I guess I’m really contacting you because I need someone to adopt my baby. How do I adopt out my baby?”

Does this sound like the situation you’re in? Are you looking for someone to adopt your baby? At our adoption agency in Florida, we’ll handle every detail of your adoption plan, so your pregnancy and placement are as simple as possible. We have hundreds of wonderful, loving pre-screened families to choose from. All you need to do is tell us what you’re looking for in a family for your baby. We’ll send you websites and profiles about adoptive family websites that match up with what you’re looking for.

A big part of making an adoption plan is choosing the adoptive family. By looking through their profile or website, you can learn a lot about them, what they’re about, and how they’re unique.

If you’re pregnant and thinking about adoption, we can email you links to adoption profiles and videos, or we can mail you profile booklets. (Or both!) What do the profiles tell you? Well a lot, such as what’s important to them, what life is like for them, their jobs, their beliefs, and plenty of photos from their lives, home, and family so that you can envision your baby with their family!

You might be hoping for a couple living in a state close to you, or farther away. Maybe where they live doesn’t matter that much to you, but you’d like to choose a couple of the same race as you. Adoption Agency Florida can find a family that meets what you need!

In choosing adoption for your baby, the first step can be the hardest. It’s never too early or too late to call our adoption agency. We’re happy to answer your questions or just to talk about your situation. Any advice or help we provide you is given freely, without asking any commitment from you. We guarantee your privacy and we’ll give you all the time you need for your own adoption process.

Adoption answers and help are just a text or phone call away, at
1-800-923-6784.

“I’m SO GRATEFUL to have found such an AMAZING adoption agency!”

Lifetime birth mother posts on Facebook Lifetime provides continued pregnancy and adoption support to birth moms from all over. This includes birth mothers right here in Florida, like Terri. Last year, she posted on Facebook about how much she loves her baby’s adoptive mom. And then recently, Terri posted on Facebook:

“I want to take a minute to be thankful for something a lot of people may never understand. I am SO GRATEFUL to have found such an AMAZING adoption agency!!

Lifetime Adoptions, and their case workers ESPECIALLY Tiffany, are the most kind, and caring people you could ever meet !! And I can NEVER thank them enough for finding and bringing to me, my son’s AMAZING adoptive parents Cassie and Matt !!! I am FOREVER thankful !!”

Terri posted on Facebook about Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida

Adoption is a loving decision that pregnant women and moms make with their child’s best interests in mind. Every woman has her own unique circumstances, goals, and hopes for her child’s life.

Here at Lifetime, we’ll never pressure you to parent OR to make an adoption plan for your baby. Instead, we encourage you to plan ahead for your child’s future, and your own.

If you’re considering adoption, we want you to know that you have a say in each part of the adoption process. Some of the many options you have with open adoption include:

  • Selecting your baby’s adoptive parents from hundreds of couples of all races, who are ready and excited to adopt.
  • Getting to know the family you chose before the adoption happens.
  • Planning how things go at the hospital when you give birth.
  • Personalizing the amount of contact you have with the adoptive family and your child in the future.
  • Receiving free licensed third-party counseling, expert legal assistance, and support both before and after the adoption.

We want you to know that adoption answers and help are just a text or phone call away, at 1-800-923-6784.

3 Common Fears About Choosing Adoption for Your Baby

discover the truth about 3 common adoption fearsIt’s totally normal to have fears when you’re thinking about adoption for your baby, especially at the beginning of the adoption journey. What has helped some women in your shoes is to talk about their fears with someone who’s been through the process.

Lifetime’s peer counselors are women who have made an adoption plan themselves. Please let us know if you’re interested in talking to one of our peer counselors. It can be a big relief to know that your feelings are normal and that you aren’t alone!

Here are 3 common fears that women have about choosing adoption:

Fear #1: “Giving Up My Baby Makes Me a Bad Mother”
This is probably the most common fear: that making an adoption plan for your baby makes you a bad mother. Adoption isn’t an easy decision to make, and it’s not one that you can be casual about. Every woman experiences adoption in a different way. But in general, there is some pain and grief involved. Know that only the most loving and compassionate mother who wants the best for her child would be willing to even consider adoption. You’re not choosing adoption for yourself, but for your child. You aren’t giving up, and choosing adoption doesn’t make you a bad mother!

Fear #2: “My Child Will Hate Me Someday”
Some women feel like they are simply giving away their baby, and that their child is going to hate them for it. For every negative adoption story you hear, there are many more positive ones. By building a loving, trusting open adoption relationship with the adoptive parents, your child will not hate you for it. With open adoption, your child will be able to communicate with you directly to ask any questions they may have. It’s a good idea to hear adoptee’s stories. Here are a couple: “Open Adoption from an Adoptee’s Perspective” and “Wondering What It’s Like to Be Adopted?

Fear #3: “No One Will Want to Adopt My Baby”
Some women are afraid that none of the hopeful adoptive families will want their baby because they used drugs or alcohol during the pregnancy. The fact is, there are many adoptive parents who truly understand that having children doesn’t come with guarantees. They want to parent the baby they’re blessed with. If you did use drugs or alcohol when you were pregnant, make sure to be honest. Tell your Adoption Coordinator at Lifetime the truth about what your baby has been exposed to. She’ll help you find an adoptive family who is open to prenatal substance exposure, and who will provide your baby with a loving home.

You can call Lifetime at 1-800-923-6784 to ask your questions about adoption or just to get more information. Your communication with Lifetime is always confidential, and you’re never under any obligation to choose adoption. We’re here to help, not to tell you what to do or to pressure you.

5 Tips on How to Survive Work During Your Third Trimester

get our tips on how to survive work during your third trimesterDuring the final weeks of your pregnancy, you probably get tired so easily that it feels like a major accomplishment to do much of anything (for example, tying your shoes!)

It might seem like every day during your third trimester brings a new, unpleasant side effect. But, you still need to arrive at your job and work like everyone else.

Today, we’re sharing 5 quick tips on how you can survive work when you are very, very pregnant:

1. Pack snacks!
Make sure to have plenty of healthy snacks handy at work. Snacking not only satisfies your hunger, but it’ll give you a much-needed energy boost. Plus, snacks provide both you and your growing baby with the nutrients and extra calories you need.

2. Dress comfortably
We suggest loose, stretchy clothing and flat shoes. You can put together a work outfit and still be comfy. For example, try a maxi dress or maxi skirt. Or dress up an outfit with a scarf, necklace, or bracelets. And there’s always the pregnant lady’s favorite: leggings! You can wear a long tunic shirt or dress with your leggings to make them more work-appropriate.

3. Speak up
Ask your co-workers and boss about making adjustments or changes during your third trimester. For example, you could request to take breaks more often, or for work that doesn’t require lots of standing.

You can also ask for adjustments to your work area. If you work at a desk, try putting a box under your feet to prop them up. Also, ask for a small ergonomic pillow to put behind your back. If you stand at your job, try to take breaks and rest often.

4. Know where the bathroom is!
When you’re pregnant, it’s important to drink plenty of water. Getting plenty of water helps prevent swelling, UTIs, fatigue, constipation, headaches, and overheating. Obviously, the more water you drink, the more you’ll have to pee. So, find where the closest bathroom is, plus a backup bathroom in case that one’s in use.

5. Schedule adjustments and days off

If you can, try to give yourself a day off now and then. You can use it to relax and nap. If your job is super-stressful, sometimes a normal two-day weekend doesn’t give you enough time to wind down.

Some pregnant women find that the typical five-day work week leaves them stressed out and overwhelmed. If you feel like this is happening to you, talk to your supervisor about changing up your schedule a little. Maybe you can work part-time a few days of the week.

Women who have worked with Lifetime on an adoption plan for their child have shared with us they were glad to stay active and busy every day during their last trimester. As one birth mom puts it, “I think that if I didn’t work, I’d have just sat around at home feeling mixed-up about my situation. What helped was knowing that I was making the most of this time and giving my baby the best possible life I could.”

This National Adoption Hotline Helps You Get Answers, Privately

Looking at the National Adoption Hotline on FacebookWhen you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and thinking about adoption, chances are you’re not ready to announce that news to the world. Right now, what you need is to be able to ask your questions about adoption privately.

The National Adoption Hotline gives you confidential answers to all of your adoption questions! Plus, you can call the adoption hotline anytime of the day or night, 24/7.

When you call the National Adoption Hotline at 1-800-923-6602, you can learn about your adoption privately. This hotline hears from lots of women who have just started to think about adoption. They need to learn more about the adoption process without anyone finding out. If you’re hoping for confidential advice about adoption, this hotline is perfect for you! And, we want to note that you’re not obligated to do adoption just by calling the hotline.

The National Adoption Hotline is here to give you answers to your questions privately. They’ve even helped women set up a last-minute adoption plan from the hospital. Here’s their phone number again: 1-800-923-6602. If you’re don’t feel comfortable talking on the phone about adoption yet, you can visit their Facebook page, National Adoption Hotline. That page is packed with adoption info, and they also post profiles about adoptive families.

The National Adoption Answer Line is able to help you today, no matter if:

  • You’re pregnant and considering an adoption plan for your baby
  • You want info on making an adoption plan at the last minute
  • You’re hiding the fact that you’re pregnant and need advice
  • You’re trying to keep CPS (Child Protective Services) out of your life
  • You’re thinking about adoption for your child

The National Adoption Hotline has qualified and experienced staff available 24/7 to answer your questions and give you needed referrals. Their experts are standing by to answer all of your questions about how adoption works.

Call the National Adoption Hotline at 1-800-923-6602 for free, or check them out on Facebook:

Visit the National Adoption Hotline on Facebook!

How To Get The Counseling You Need During Your Adoption Planning

There’s no doubt that creating an adoption plan for your baby is an emotional event. Every birth mother is going to experience the stages of grief differently. Know that it’s completely normal for you to wonder if this is the right decision, and to feel sad. Your emotions are normal and shouldn’t be discounted.

learn how to get no-cost counseling during your adoption planningWhat might help you is to talk to someone. Lifetime is happy to refer you to a licensed third-party counselor or to a peer counselor. Both types of counseling are provided to you free of charge. (By “peer counselor,” we mean a woman who’s gone through her own adoption planning and then placed her baby with adoptive parents.)

To help you process the grief you’re feeling, it’s important to take advantage of this free counseling. The counselor will help you cope with the grief, stress, and other emotions that come up during your adoption planning.

We’ll be up front: the process of grieving isn’t fun and it isn’t pretty. But working through these emotions now is the best way to get through this time in a healthy way. If you ignore how you’re feeling, it’ll just keep you from living a full, productive life.

You’re not alone with what you’re going through. There are millions of other women thinking about adoption and trying to process similar emotions. You’re able to talk to a licensed counselor AND a peer counselor right now and after your baby’s born.

With Lifetime, you’re able to speak honestly about the issues you’re facing as you get the help you need. Lifetime has a 24/7 adoption support phone number. If you’re more comfortable with texting, you can also use this number to text us.

Just give us a call or text us at 1-800-923-6784. We’re here to get you the help you need!

Modern Adoption vs. Safe Haven: How Do They Compare?

modern adoption or safe haven?Wondering what exactly is a “safe haven”? Safe Haven laws allow a parent give up their unwanted baby privately. With these laws, moms can drop their baby off at a safe haven location, as long as their baby hasn’t been abused. Safe Haven laws began so that babies wouldn’t be left in places like dumpsters or public toilets.

Regardless of what their life situation is like, a woman can make a private open adoption plan just as quickly and easily as she can drop off her baby at a safe haven. Just take a look at the benefits of creating an adoption plan instead of dropping off your baby at a Safe Haven:

  • Your baby won’t go into the crowded foster care system; they’ll be able to go home with a stable, loving adoptive couple of your choosing right away.
  • You’ll know what happened to your child (even if you end up choosing a closed adoption after placement.)
  • You can get access to no-cost counseling and support.
  • Adoption is free to choose, and it comes with no legal risks to you.
  • You can remain confidential with your situation
  • You’ll never be judged for making an adoption plan.
  • Adoption gives both you and your baby more stability and security in the long run.
  • If you choose open adoption, you’re able to stay in touch with your child and the adoptive family.

You can make an adoption plan for your baby at any time, even after they’re born. It’s never too late to choose adoption! Every child is wanted and adopt-able at Lifetime. To learn more about the advantages of modern adoption, just reach out to us.

Lifetime’s hotline is staffed 24 hours every day! You can call or send a text to 1-800-923-6784.

Is a Last-Minute Adoption Possible?

learn about your rights and choices in making a last-minute adoption planIf you know that adoption is the best choice for both you and your baby, then having an adoption plan in place before you go into labor is a good idea. But what if you don’t decide until really late in your pregnancy that adoption is best? Or what if you go into labor and then decide on adoption?

With Lifetime, you’re able to make an adoption plan at any time during your pregnancy. We’ve even had women call us from the hospital, in the early stages of labor! Adoption is always a possibility.

When you make a last-minute adoption plan, you still have the same rights and choices as you would if you’d done adoption earlier on. With modern open adoption, you choose the adoptive parents for your baby. An open adoption allows you to talk to and meet the adoptive parents. And, you’re able to stay in touch with the adoptive couple and your child in the future. Birth mothers we’ve worked with stay in contact in a wide variety of ways: through emails, photos, social media updates, phone calls, Skype, and in-person visits.

If you need help money-wise, the adoptive parents you choose can usually pay for your prenatal visits, hospital stay, and living expenses. You have the power to decide how things go at the hospital. What do we mean by this? Your hospital preferences can include stuff like:

  • Who you’re OK with being at the hospital when you deliver
  • Whether you want your baby in the room with you, or if you’d like him or her to stay in the nursery with the adoptive parents
  • If you want to stay in another area of the hospital after you deliver, away from Labor & Delivery
  • How much you want the adoptive parents to participate in the birth (for example, some women are fine with the adoptive mom being in Labor & Delivery. Or maybe you want them to stay in the waiting room)
  • If you’ll want the newborn pictures that are taken of your baby

No matter how early or late you are into your pregnancy, adoption is always a choice you can make. You can even choose adoption after your baby is born.

Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida is here to help you as you go through this decision. Call us whenever you have questions or are ready to learn more: 1-800-923-6784.