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6 YouTube Channels for Women Thinking About Adoption

watching videos of birth mothers sharing their storiesWhen you’re thinking about adoption for your child, you’ll probably deal with a wide range of emotions. And, you’ll probably have lots of questions about what type of adoption is best for you. Know that Lifetime is just a phone call or text message away to answer your questions. You can reach us anytime, at
1-800-923-6784.

But, we realize too that sometimes you’re not ready to talk or text. When it comes to adoption, Youtube can be a great source of info. These 6 YouTube channels can give you encouragement, support, and info on what to expect as you go through the adoption process:

1. BraveLove hopes to change the way people think about adoption by producing honest and informative videos of birth mothers sharing their stories. Hear firsthand from women who chose a loving, eager adoptive family for their children.

2. Melissa Link: She’s a filmmaker and birth mother who created a documentary on her experience of placing her child for adoption. She shares about learning of her pregnancy, telling her family, and deciding on adoption. Her documentary has helped many birth mothers confirm that their adoption decision was the right one.

3. Beauty Amidst the Ashes: This channel’s goal is to educate people about adoption. They have tons of videos of birth mothers telling how their adoption process went and sharing their stories. These birth mothers come from many different backgrounds and situations and hope that their personal stories can encourage and support women thinking about adoption.

4. Lifetime: Our YouTube channel covers open adoption from every side, including yours. We have videos covering the adoption process from beginning to end, which can help answer any of your questions about the process. Make sure to check out the adoption videos that hopeful adoptive couples have made, too. Watching them is a great way to learn more about potential parents for your baby.

5. Mrs. Marshelle: She’s actually an adoptive mother, but she has some videos that’ll give you a peek into how an open adoption works in the real world. These videos feature her and her children visiting with their birth mothers.

6. Binti: This channel has interviews of birth mothers, which is great because you can learn from their experiences. Plus, you can learn about options you have with modern adoption that you maybe didn’t know existed! The birth mothers in Binti’s videos answer questions about a wide range of topics, from contact with the adoptive family to how involved the birth father is.

Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida is here to help you as you decide whether adoption’s the best choice for you.

Call or text us whenever you have questions or are ready to learn more: 1-800-923-6784.

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

get Lifetime's answer to the question '"How do I know my baby is going into a good home?'Question: “Right now, I’m 30 weeks pregnant, and I’m looking at adoptive families on your site. They all look friendly, and I like what they write, but how do I know my baby is going into a good home? How do I know the parents are good people?”

Answer: Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida is fully licensed and we do an in-depth screening of each of our adoptive families. That’s how we know that they’re financially secure and stable couples in a solid marriage. They’ve passed criminal background checks, have proven their income via tax records and payroll stubs, and have been declared healthy by doctor physicals.

Couples hoping to adopt also have to be asked lots of questions from a social worker, who visits their home to make sure it’s ready for a baby and to interview them. We do all of this so that you can be rest assured that the adoptive couples you see on our site are approved, screened, and questioned. They also attend adoption courses, so that they understand your need for future communication in what’s known as an “open adoption.”

When is it Too Early or Too Late to do Adoption?

Lifetime has been asked many different questions about when’s the right time to make an adoption plan. The truth is, it’s never too late or too early to look into adoption for your baby! Here are some answers to common questions women ask when they’re thinking about adoption early in their pregnancy as well as late in their pregnancy:
 
“I’m not that far along in my pregnancy – when can I choose adoption?”
 
“I’m not that far along in my pregnancy – when can I choose adoption?”If you’ve just learned that you’re pregnant or aren’t that far along, know that you can start the adoption process now. Most women aren’t 100% sure adoption is right for their situation when they call Lifetime. You don’t have to be committed to adoption before you contact us.
 
Contacting Lifetime early in your pregnancy gives you more time to learn about the adoption process, get emotional and financial support, and search for the right adoptive family for your baby. Contacting us doesn’t force you to choose adoption: you have the right to change your mind at any time until the legal paperwork has gone through.
 
“My due date is coming up quickly! – when is it too late to find adoptive parents for my baby?”
 
“My due date is coming up quickly! – when is it too late to find adoptive parents for my baby?”Choosing adoption isn’t an easy decision to arrive at. Some women don’t contact Lifetime to learn about adoption until the final weeks or days of their pregnancy. We have women call us from the hospital in the beginning stages of labor, more often than you’d think! If your due date is near, you might be wondering, “Is it too late to give my baby up for adoption?”
 
It’s never too late to choose adoption. You can even make an adoption plan after trying to parent your baby. Lifetime can help you begin the adoption quickly if that’s what you’d like. Within a matter of hours, we can have the adoptive parents you select there at the hospital waiting room while you deliver.
 
No matter how far along you are, you’ll have the chance to review and get to know a pre-screened adoptive couple. They’re ready and excited to commit to you and your baby. In many cases, the adoptive parents can cover your medical, counseling, and living costs.
 

Learn more about how to get started with your modern adoption plan by calling or texting Lifetime at 1-800-923-6784 today!

Surviving the Adoption Home Study

adoption home study visitWe recommend that you use your adoption home study as a way to learn even more about adoption. You’ll need to get a home study no matter where you live, or where you plan to adopt. An adoption home study is a document that shares the story of your life: your health, your family and marital history, and your finances. It also contains a description of your house and neighborhood, references, and info about any criminal record or health concerns.

For many hopeful adoptive couples, the idea of opening up their homes and lives to a stranger puts them on edge. A common worry about the home study is that it’ll find you ineligible to adopt. The truth is, it’s uncommon for a home study to end with a negative judgment. Even though you might feel that the process is invasive, remember its goal is to ensure children are placed into loving homes.

So what exactly is an adoption home study? It’s social worker’s written evaluation, based upon interviews they’ve had with you during at least one in-person visit to your home. Your home doesn’t have to be child-proofed, contain a finished nursery, or a separate bedroom for the baby before the social worker’s visit. They will want to know, however, how you plan to accommodate your precious arrival.

Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida provides home studies. Learn how we can help you with this aspect of your domestic adoption!

Just give us a call at 1-800-9-ADOPT-4 or learn more about our home study service here.

In the video below, our Founder and President Mardie Caldwell shares about the adoption home study service we provide to adopting families:

Colorado Adoptive Couple Mark & Josie’s Adoption Video

Colorado adoptive couple Mark and JosieColorado adoptive couple Mark and Josie feel fortunate to be given the chance to grow their family through adoption. Their goal as parents is to raise children who love others, have a strong faith, and have a strong sense of family.

About his wife, Mark shares, “I have never met a more self-sacrificing person, who would do anything for her family and those she loves. Josie is a wonderful mother to our son, Thomas. I watch every day as she teaches him, plays with him, laughs with him, and loves him in a way that warms my heart. Josie is a nurse and cares for others all day. She is intelligent, creative, and fiercely committed. She loves to write, read, and be active. She has a great sense of humor and brings so much laughter and joy into our home.”

And Josie had these words to share about her husband: “He has an unwavering loyalty to family and he would move mountains for us. Mark is incredibly active and frequently plans fun outdoor adventures for us. He also is the biggest sports fan I have ever met. I adore watching Mark and Thomas intensely focused on a baseball game together. Mark plays the guitar for fun, and we love going to outdoor concerts. He is a spectacular parent with the way he plays, nurtures, teaches, and loves our son. He is a delight to our household and brings sunshine wherever he goes!”

Here’s Colorado adoptive couple Mark and Josie’s video:

You can find out more about hopeful adoptive couple Mark and Josie 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.

Michigan Adoptive Couple Erik and Breana’s Adoption Video

Michigan Adoptive Couple Erik and BreanaMichigan adoptive couple Erik and Breana can’t wait to become first-time parents through adoption! They’re a fun, loving, financially stable Catholic family. Erik and Breana are looking forward to providing your child a loving, happy home with a stay-at-home mom and a large extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Together, they like to go ballroom dancing, hiking in the area parks with their two dogs, and swimming in Lake Michigan. During the wintertime, they like to cross country ski together and snowmobile with their families.

Erik and Breana share, “We have dreamed of raising a family together, but due to infertility issues, we are unable to have children. Looking back on our relationship, we feel God has been leading us to grow our family through adoption all along. We look forward to sharing our love and our faith with your child.”

Here’s Michigan adoptive couple Erik and Breana’s video:

You can find out more about hopeful adoptive couple Erik and Breana 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.

Adoption, Abortion, or Parenting…What’s Right for You?

Is Adoption, Abortion, or Parenting right for you?Every day, millions of women discover they’re pregnant. Some women are happy and excited to be pregnant, but others will not be. These women face a life-changing and important decision. Will adoption, abortion, or parenting be the right choice?

Every woman has pregnancy choices, whether they became pregnant on purpose or not. Know that no matter what your situation is, the options are still there: adoption, abortion, or parenting. The reality is this: the only person who can decide what’s best for you and your child is YOU.

Choosing abortion may create feelings of guilt or shame. Also, abortion is pretty expensive: according to Planned Parenthood, it costs up to $1,500 in the first trimester. The costs usually depend upon how far along you are and the insurance you have. It’s a decision that can’t be reversed.

Another option for you is to become a parent and to raise your baby. Of all of the three pregnancy choices, this the most expensive one. You’ll have the financial responsibility of a child placed on you. You’ll have a child relying on you for everything that they need until adulthood. Parenting does come with many positives, such as the opportunity to care for and love a child of your own, and to help him or her to grow into a positive member of society. You’ll be a major part of your child’s life. Parenting isn’t an irreversible decision. You might decide to parent right away, but discover it’s not working and choose adoption.

Adoption is one of the most flexible choices for your unplanned pregnancy. With adoption, you’ll be making a personal sacrifice by placing your child in the care of another family. There are many types of adoption, some which will allow you to be a part of the child’s life and some which will allow you to continue your life without that child. It’s up to you which type of adoption is best for you and your child. Adoption doesn’t come with any costs; you’re able to get help with pregnancy-related expenses. Plus, your life as you know it doesn’t have to stop since you won’t be the primary caregiver for a child. The biggest benefit of all is that your child will be given the best life possible by a family that loves him or her unconditionally.

To find out more about adoption as an option, just call or text us at 1-877-383-6847 at any time!

Louisiana Adoptive Couple Jon and Sally’s Adoption Video

Louisiana adoptive couple Jon and SallyLouisiana adoptive couple Jon and Sally are a military family who love music, sports, being outdoors and traveling. They were blessed with the adoption of their daughter four years ago and they’re excited to grow their family again with the adoption of a son!

Both Jon and Sally are Christians and members of a local church. They’ve had the opportunity to travel and live in many unique places. Hobbies they both enjoy include outside activities like running, bicycling, hiking and picnics.

Their Louisiana home is located on a quiet street within a small community. Their daughter Carolina is able to ride her bike on their street safely. Jon and Sally say, “We live close to playgrounds and small parks. This is a great neighborhood for children.” Jon and Sally have two pets: a dog, Cadence, and a cat, Matilda Jeane. Both animals are very patient and good with Carolina.

“Sally is a terrific mom for our daughter Carolina. Sally is a great role model as she balances multiple responsibilities and finds time to enjoy her own hobbies and interests. Sally is excited about having a son and I know that she will do well with raising a little boy,” Jon shares.

And Sally shares about her husband: “Jon is a great Dad to Carolina. I love to watch them play together; whether it is helping her ride her bike or being silly together, Jon always makes time for Carolina. I’m thankful that Jon is setting a great example of how girls and women should be treated. I know he will be a wonderful Dad for our son!”

Here’s Louisiana adoptive couple Jon and Sally’s video:

You can find out more about hopeful adoptive couple Jon and Sally 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.

New Jersey Adoptive Couple Joe & Megan’s Adoption Video

New Jersey adoptive couple for my babyNew Jersey adoptive couple Joe and Megan are dedicated, hardworking and compassionate. They wish to have the opportunity to become first-time parents. Through their education, community service and care for others, they’ve incorporated passion and love for life in everything they do!

Joe and Megan enjoy spending time together playing cards, going to the beach, traveling and trying out new restaurants. They love being in their home with their two dogs!

Their New Jersey home has three bedrooms and a nicely sized back yard. It’s in a family-friendly neighborhood with many children and parks within walking distance. Joe and Megan’s community has a highly rated school district that provides many academic and extra-curricular activities for its students.

If chosen to be the parents to your baby, Joe and Megan promise to give them provide constant encouragement, and to be honest with him or her about adoption. They share, “We cannot wait to welcome this baby into our family and cherish them forever!” They’re open to exchanging letters, photos and visits, if you wish.

Here’s New Jersey adoptive couple Joe and Megan’s video:

You can find out more about hopeful adoptive couple Joe and Megan 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.

North Carolina Adoptive Couple Derrick and Jessica’s Adoption Video

North Carolina adoptive couple Derrick and JessicaNorth Carolina adoptive couple Derrick and Jessica are ready and excited to become first-time parents through adoption!

They share, “adoption was on our hearts long before we learned that a biological child would not be possible for us. We look forward to sharing our lives as parents to a boy or a girl!”
 
 
 

Here’s North Carolina adoptive couple Derrick and Jessica’s adoption video:

You can find out more about hopeful adoptive couple Derrick and Jessica 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.