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Hear David & Deanna’s Inspiring Story in This Adoption Webinar!

David and Deanna with their baby girl; hear their adoption webinar!David and Deanna’s adoption story is sure to inspire you to keep the faith and remain dedicated during your adoption wait! Lifetime realizes that during your adoption wait, you’ll probably go through lots of highs and lows, and a mix of emotions.

At this time last year, Lifetime adoptive couple David and Deanna were anticipating to keep waiting. But then, we called them about a birth mother who was about to deliver a baby girl. This birth mother had chosen David and Deanna as her baby’s adoptive parents! In a special webinar, adoptive mom Deanna tells their adoption story to us.

The recording of this inspiring webinar is now available online. Read on and discover how you can access it!

There are features of David and Deanna’s story that you’ll connect with! Watching their adoption webinar is a good idea you’ve:

  • Been unsure whether open adoption is right for your family.
  • Asked yourselves “are we too old to adopt?” or “is it too late to adopt?”
  • Got children already, or are a blended family.
  • Been worrying if you can stand out to birth mothers.
  • Wondered how Lifetime’s help makes a difference in your adoption success.

Adoption webinars featuring stories from adoptive parents are a wonderful resource for anyone hoping to adopt. You’ll receive tips and answers from those who’ve recently been through the adoption process, get encouraged as you follow your own calling to adopt, and get info about how adoptions at Lifetime work!

Watch “Lifetime’s Adoption Webinar: David & Deanna’s Story” over at AdoptionWebinar.com.

To watch David & Deanna’s webinar, you’ll need to subscribe to AdoptionWebinar.com. Signing up is free, and it’ll give you access to watch any of our numerous webinar recordings. You’ll also be emailed info, dates, and times about our future webinars! You can subscribe using this link.

Join Us Next Tuesday to Hear Jeff & Christa’s Adoption Story

Jeff and Christa's adoption storyAre you hoping to start your family through infant adoption? Or maybe you already have children, but wish to complete your family through the blessing of adoption. A great way to learn more about adoption is by hearing an adoption story from those who have recently gone through the process.

Join us next Tuesday for a wonderful adoption story featuring Jeff and Christa, who just adopted their baby boy through Lifetime. “We’re looking forward to providing encouragement to couples who are thinking about adopting, or already on the journey to adopt a baby,” says adoptive mom Christa.

Just click on this link to sign up to reserve your space for next week’s webinar, which will begin at 8pm Eastern Time.

*Lifetime is holding this webinar at one time, LIVE across the U.S. Here’s when it’ll take place in the various time zones:

5pm Pacific Time
6pm Mountain Time
7pm Central Time
8pm Eastern Time

The link to sign up is: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7361657339367114499.

You can attend online, over the phone, or by using the GoToWebinar app from your mobile device. You can download the app for your iPhone or Android device. Once you sign up, we’ll email you the details and instructions for attending the webinar live. Hopeful adoptive families in any stage of their adoption planning and prep will benefit from hearing Jeff and Christa’s adoption story!

If you have questions about adopting, or on how to join this adoption webinar, please call us at 1-800-923-6784. Or, you can send us an email.

My Adoption Story as a Closed Adoption Adoptee

We had a chance to sit down with Lifetime Adoption Agency’s Adoptive Family Coordinator Natalie LaBelle recently. She was adopted at birth and grew up with a closed adoption plan. Today, she has both her adoptive family and birth family in her life. As an adoptee, she’s able to empathize with the many emotions that may come up for adoptive families, their adopted children, and also birth parents. “Nothing is more exciting than helping a match take place and witnessing prayers being answered!” she says. Natalie told us her adoption story and thoughts about open adoption with us, and we’d love to share them with you here:

“I grew up in a loving adoptive family, with a closed adoption, never having any contact with my birth mom or biological family nor knowing any of my medical history. Now, however, as an adult, I have had an adoption reunion meeting with almost all of my birth mom’s side. I truly have the best of both worlds.

I personally feel that open adoption is a major blessing to the child and the birth mom both equally, but for different reasons. I feel it is an emotionally healthy way for the child growing up to have some sense of where he/she came from, their origins, a picture or two to see who they look like, why they were adopted, and for medical history. Most of these questions for an adoptee are answered through open adoption for the most part. I think it may ease the loss and grief for the birth mom, which is emotionally healthier for her also. In my case, as a closed adoption adoptee, I had a constant wondering and not knowing that stayed with me every day and even on the best of days until I reconnected with my birth mom in 2013.

When my birth mother tried to contact me earlier in life, I ignored her because I didn’t want to hurt my parent’s feelings. But once I started communicating with my birth mom, as an adult, those questions disappeared. I stopped wondering about knowing who I was, wondering why or what happened, even though I had an amazing and loving adoptive family, the wondering was always there.

I always had to say ‘I don’t know’ to every single question about my medical history, which made me feel ‘less than’ because of the unintentional looks from the medical staff and this happened many times growing up and well into adulthood. These are small things to the average person but leaves an adoptee feeling different than everyone else when they already may feel different from their own family. It wasn’t until my thirties when I needed to know my medical history that I became open to meeting my biological family. But yet again, I didn’t respond, mostly out of denial or fear of hurting my adoptive family. Now, I’ve formed a close, loving relationship with my birth mom, brother and sister, and so I have a connection to my biology, and also to my adoptive family. I now feel complete and absolutely blessed to have two wonderful families who love me, as it was God’s plan all along to give a child this much love!”

Why I Put My Baby Up for Adoption: Kristina Shares Her Story

Kristina shares, "Here's why I put my baby up for adoption"After I got a positive pregnancy test, my mom and ex-boyfriend (who by the way wasn’t the baby’s father) told me I should put my baby up for adoption. I was completely stressed out but thought about adoption for a few months. Sooner or later, I came to accept the decision of adoption. Here’s why I put my baby up for adoption: if the biological dad was to be a part of my son’s life, he would have been exposed to drugs, guns, and other dangers, and I just couldn’t see putting my baby through all that.

At the time, my ex-boyfriend and I already were taking care of our five-year-old daughter. She asked me several times why we couldn’t keep the baby. I explained things to her in a way she’d understand, and was very open with her. She agreed, and I told her that open adoption meant we’d be in touch with his family, and we’d get to see him once in awhile.

At first, I was really upset at my ex-boyfriend and my mom for telling me I couldn’t keep my baby. But once I came to the same decision, I knew where they were coming from. My adoption coordinator never once judged me. She presented all my choices to me, and lots of resources. Adoption Agency Florida also gave me free counseling, and connected me with a woman who’d done adoption years ago for her daughter.

She also sent me about 20 adoptive family profiles that matched what I was looking for: a young Christian couple who already had kids. I wanted my son to grow up with siblings like I did, and be brought up in the Christian way. My daughter also looked through the profiles, and we chose the same couple! They were exactly what I was looking for!

When it was time for the adoptive couple to take the baby back to their hotel room, all of us were just crying. I knew this would be the most difficult thing I would ever do in life, but I also felt I owed it to my baby, my daughter, and myself. Sitting in my hospital bed, I lifted up my baby and said to the couple, “I don’t think I need to tell you to love her.”

I don’t regret my decision at all because I can’t give my son the life he deserves. It wasn’t his fault he was conceived, so why should he pay the price?

Paula’s Adoption Story

Adoption story from Paula

When you’re pregnant and thinking about adoption for your baby, it helps to hear from women who’ve been where you are now. Here’s Paula’s adoption story:

“One day I discovered I was pregnant and facing the most difficult decision of my life. My thoughts changed overnight with the realization of the life that grew inside of me. As my pregnancy progressed, I had to decide if my current situation was best for my child, or if there were ways to make my circumstances work out for a child. I thought the realities of single parenthood would not be fair to my child.

When I went to my next doctor’s appointment I saw a brochure about adoption in the waiting room. I began to see adoption as a way I could provide my daughter with parents who could raise her with every opportunity and stability I couldn’t offer yet. After many hours of prayer and soul-searching, I decided to make an adoption plan for my baby.

I took the time to research prospective families with Lifetime Adoption Center and found a family whom I truly loved. Finding them made me more sure about my decision. I wanted them involved in my pregnancy and I had chosen my baby’s adoptive mother to be my labor partner. She went to every doctor’s appointment with me and we would get breakfast afterward. During this time spent together we got to know one another very well and became good friends. I felt that it was important to spend the time and effort to get to know my child’s adoptive parents.

A few months later I delivered a beautiful, healthy baby girl. The time spent in the hospital was precious; together with my daughter’s parents, I was able to care for her. We spent two days in the hospital sharing with friends and family the beautiful life that I had created. It was a time of love and laughter. Emotions ran high in those few hours, but the one that was most present was LOVE!

After we parted and went home, I with my family and my daughter with hers, I knew that my daughter would loved and cared for in every way. I love my daughter with all my heart, and because of that love I was able to give her everything I had always wanted for her. I know that open adoption was the very best plan for my daughter, Alexandra.

Today I am able to share my story with others with the hope of educating as many people as possible about the benefits of open adoption. As a birth mother, I will never have to hide behind a veil of secrecy, and I will always know how my daughter is doing. I do wish I had been in a position to parent her myself, but I am so very excited for the life she will be able to lead due to open adoption. Each and every day I think of my daughter and know that she is loved, safe, and thriving in her family.

I can see from the photos and letters that her adoptive parents regularly send me that she is growing into a lovely young girl. The relationship that my daughter’s adoptive parents and I share is one I know will last a lifetime.”

Paula’s story can be found in the book So I Was Thinking About Adoption. Get yourself a copy (for FREE!) by visiting FreeAdoptionBook.com. If you have questions about doing adoption or if you’d like to explore it further, please call us at 1-877-383-6847.

Our Open Adoption Blessing

adam and tess_update 7_2015 FLWe love knowing how adoptive families and birth mothers continue their connection through open adoption! We enjoyed this update from new parents Adam and Tess:

“Here is our lil pumpkin!! Things are going well with her birth mother. She calls or texts once a month or so and we send her pictures… She has been very sweet with us and we are hoping she will come for our daughter’s first birthday party.”

If you’re thinking about open adoption, learn more and ask questions! Call to explore the possibilities: 1-800-923-6784. Or you can shoot us an email.

Birth Mother Tammy Shares the Story of Her Adoption

If you’ve been considering making an adoption plan for your child, you might be wondering what it’s like, and how you might feel after placement. Recently, Lifetime Adoption asked birth mother Tammy about her adoption experience. She shared how adoption influences her life today. Learn what she looked for in an adoptive couple, and how she found peace through open adoption.

Tammy made an adoption plan for her son 18 years ago. Today, Tammy is a birth mother peer counselor and promotes adoption. Her insights and 18 years of experience through her own story show what open adoption can be like:

 

If you have questions about making an adoption plan, or would like to speak with a peer counselor like Tammy, please give Lifetime Adoption a call at 1-877-383-6847.