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We Reveal the Truth About 5 Adoption Myths

learn the truth about these 5 adoption mythsToday, we’re sharing honest answers to 5 adoption myths about choosing adoption for your baby:

1. Adoption is selfish
This adoption myth is the biggest one out there! Really, adoption is about the least selfish choice that you can make for your child. It doesn’t mean you don’t love your baby. It means the opposite: you love them so much that you want them to have the life they deserve. When you don’t have the needed resources to care for a baby or aren’t ready to become a parent, choosing adoption for your baby is the most selfless thing you can do.

2. I’ll be giving my baby away to strangers
With a modern, open adoption, you have the power to choose your baby’s adoptive parents, and meet them to interview them too. You can pick a family who would raise your baby exactly the way that you wish. You also have the right to decide how much future contact with your child and family as you would like, whether it’s emails, letters, photos, or even visits.

3. I can’t do adoption without my parent’s approval
Some parents don’t understand modern adoption and how it works, so they might get angry and try to change your mind. The truth to this adoption myth is that no matter how young you are, no one can force you to a pregnancy choice, whether it’s parenting, adoption, or abortion. The law is on your side, and your parents typically don’t have rights to your baby. If your parents aren’t supportive, you might try writing down your adoption plan so they can see you’ve put a lot of thought into this.


4. If I use drugs or alcohol, no one will want to adopt my baby

Whatever your life situation is, there are adoptive families ready to provide your baby with a loving home. Lifetime is here to support and help you as you make an adoption plan, even if your baby has been exposed to drugs or alcohol. It’s important that you’re honest with us about any tobacco, drug, or alcohol use during your pregnancy. That way, your doctor is able to best take care of your health, and the health of your baby.

If you’re using drugs and are near your due date, your baby may test positive for drugs at birth. If these cases, the hospital must notify Child Protective Services, and your baby may be placed in foster care. By having an adoption plan in place, you’re able to choose where your baby will go, and the level of contact you want to have with your child as they grow up. So, if you think your baby may test positive for drugs at birth, call us at 1-800-923-6784 for help and info.

5. My baby is almost a year old! It’s too late to do adoption
It is never too late to choose adoption, and you can begin at any time. Maybe you’d thought about adoption and put it on hold. You can still go forward at any time. Even if you’ve been trying to make parenting work and are struggling, it’s not too late. You’re never making a bad choice for your child by loving them enough to give them the life you know they deserve, when you know you can’t provide it.

If you’re thinking of adoption, you can call Lifetime today to learn more: 1-800-923-6784. Contacting us doesn’t mean you HAVE to choose adoption. It just means you’re learning more about it.

Freedom to Choose What’s Best for Your Baby

adoption may be what's best for you and your babyAdoption is a loving and thoughtful decision, which pregnant women and moms make in the best interest of their child. Each woman faces her own unique goals, circumstances, and limitations, in addition to the hopes she has for her child’s life.

At Lifetime, we believe that women should never be pressured to parent OR place her baby, rather encouraged to make a healthy plan for the child’s future, as well as her own.

If you’re thinking about adoption, know that you have a voice in every part of the adoption process. Here are just a few of the many choices you have with modern adoption:

  • Pick your baby’s adoptive parents from dozens of families, of all races, ready to adopt, if you’d like.
  • Get to know the adoptive family you’ve selected before the adoption if desired.
  • Plan how things will go at the hospital when your baby is born.
  • Customize how you want to keep in touch with your child and the adoptive parents after the adoption takes place.
  • Get access to free licensed counseling, qualified legal assistance, and support before and after the adoption.

Adoption help is just a phone call or text message away:
1-800-923-6784.

Free E-book About Adoption

Click to request this free e-book about adoption The short book So I Was Thinking About Adoption gives you quick info as you consider whether adoption is the right choice for you and your child. You can download the e-book version for free! This e-book about adoption is packed with checklists, help, and advice as you consider each of your pregnancy choices. You just need to enter your email address!

So I Was Thinking About Adoption is:

* A handy pocket guide on how the adoption process works
* Full of useful and easy-to-understand info
* A good place to look for tips on how to tell your parents, friends, and the baby’s father that you’re pregnant and considering adoption
* Packed with resources you need if dealing with an unplanned pregnancy

Click here to request your free copy today! It will be emailed right to you. You can save it to look at later when you’re ready, or you can read it right now. You can read this e-book on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

We understand you may have questions that might need answering now. We’re here to help with free caring, confidential 24/7 support.

Call us anytime at 1-800-923-6784.

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Adoption, in a Birth Mom’s Words

hear about adoption in a birth mom's wordsWhen you’re not sure if adoption is right for you, what can help is hearing from someone who’s been where you are. Someone who’s been in your shoes, “been there, done that,” you know? Today, we’re going to share about adoption with you, from a birth mom’s point-of-view, in a birth mom’s words.
 
Here are some comments and emails from Lifetime birth mothers, sharing their stories of making an adoption plan for their baby, and their hopes for the future…all names and identifying info have been removed for privacy.
 
“It makes me so happy to see the adoptive mom I picked with my son. She’s such a good mom. I’d never ever change my decision to do adoption. He’s thriving and very smart. Sometimes I think about the ways I could have made it work, but in my heart I know I did the best thing I could for him. He’s got the world at his fingertips, and I’d never have been able to give him that. If not for Lifetime and his adoptive family, I think I’d have been a hot mess.”
 
“This is definitely the most difficult thing that I’ve ever done. But, my daughter will be surrounded by so much love and affection by her adoptive family. I’m so blessed to have peace of mind that she’ll be well provided for and taken care of. Working with lifetime has been nothing short of amazing…thank you again for everything!”
 
“Choosing adoption for my son is totally the best decision I’ve ever made. I gave up so much for that little guy: my senior year, my boyfriend, my body…I could go on. But I’ll never regret choosing to endure the 9 months it took to give my baby to a loving couple who can’t have children on their own. Knowing that I gave life to a couple who couldn’t make it themselves makes me thrilled. All of us have something to be grateful for. For me, it’s the ability to give my son a better life, and to help create a new family.”
 

If you’d like info on open adoption, you can call or text our 24-hour adoption answer line at 1-800-923-6784.

Why Choose Adoption?

what to consider if you're asking yourself 'why choose adoption?'No one but you can decide whether adoption is the best choice for you and your child. The adoption decision is completely yours to make. So, you’ll need to make sure you’ve thought about all your pregnancy options and their outcomes. When you’re asking yourself ‘why choose adoption?’ think about your baby’s future as well as yours.
 
Deciding to make an adoption plan is obviously not an easy choice. But in some circumstances, it’s what a woman comes to realize is the best option.
 
Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida is here to give you info and resources on open adoption so that you’re fully educated on all your pregnancy choices. That way, you’re able to make an informed decision.
 
Here are some things you might want to keep in mind if you’re thinking about adoption:

  • What kind of home environment do I want my child to grow up with?
  • What are my future plans and goals?
  • What do I desire for my child’s future?
  • How will I handle child care once I go back to work?
  • Is financial stability something that’s important to me?

 
Every woman’s situation is different and unique, so we’re not here to make a list of “reasons why you should choose adoption.” There are so many factors in play during this difficult choice, along with so many emotions.
 

If you’d like info on open adoption, you can call or text our 24-hour adoption answer line at 1-800-923-6784.

What Can Adoptive Parents Offer My Child?

Hopeful adoptive parents Eric and AmandaIf you’ve decided that making an adoption plan is the best choice for you and your child, you might be wondering about the waiting adoptive parents on our website. What do they have to offer your child?

Here’s a list of just 10 of the many things that an adoptive family can offer your child through an open adoption:

1. Love

2. Stable home-life

3. Financial security

4. Emotionally ready & willing to be a parent

5. One or two parent home

6. Ability to provide sports, hobbies, music, etc.

7. Welcoming grandparents & other relatives

8. Quality medical, dental & eye care, and education

9. Vacations, opportunity to travel

10. Stay-at-home mom (if desired)

11. Knowledge that his or her birth parents cared enough to choose the best for their child’s life

The info in this post is from the short adoption book So I Was Thinking About Adoption. You can get a FREE e-book version of this book! Just click on the image below:

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Here’s Why I Chose Adoption…

Here's why I chose adoption for my baby...“I want to share my story of why I chose adoption for my baby…

My son was born two weeks before his official due date. I’d been thinking about adoption but didn’t have a plan in place. Then when he was born it was hard! I took him home, and my mom helped me out. But then, she had to go back to work. It was just me and my baby at home all day. I tried to offer my son more than I grew up with, but I didn’t have much to start with. So, what could I give my baby really? His needs were more important that my wants.
 
My friend told me about a place that did adoptions that were able to keep it private and confidential. I called Lifetime in the middle of the night when my baby was three weeks old. I told the woman who answered the phone at Lifetime that I needed to do adoption right away. Every day it was getting harder to have my baby here and know I was going to give him to someone else.
 
My coordinator at Lifetime was really cool about it and didn’t judge me. She emailed me a few adoptive family websites that matched up with what I was looking for. What really helped me was that my coordinator was super-easy to get in touch with. I’d just text her whenever I had a question. I shared with her that it was too hard to keep faking it. I needed to have an adoptive family by the end of the week. I found a couple that I liked a lot, and they were just perfect for my son.
 
I talked with the adoptive couple, Kevin and Amy, on the phone. They lived in Texas too, about two hours from me. They met with my son and I the next day, and I knew they were a really great couple. Kevin and Amy had a stable marriage and were financially secure: two major things I really wanted for my son. My coordinator at Lifetime sent me the adoption paperwork to sign. The paperwork for my baby’s father to sign was taken care of by the attorney, which was paid by the adoptive parents.
 
You might think you can’t do adoption, but a year later, I know it was the best thing I could do for my son. I’m getting my life together and have started taking classes at my local community college. My son is getting all the support and love he needs from two parents who were ready for a baby. I that hope my story about adoption can help someone else!”
 

Please feel free to call or text our 24-hour adoption answer line at 1-800-923-6784 and ask to speak to an adoption coordinator.

Thinking About Adoption & Have Questions? We Have Answers!

We're thinking about adoptionAre you thinking about adoption and just want to know where to go to get some answers? Need to know what to do and what questions you should be asking?

Relax and take a deep breath. Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida has the answers you need. We’ll help you learn more about the choices you have in open adoption, all from the privacy of your own home.

Decisions can be hard to make when you don’t have the information you need. That is one of the biggest challenges for women considering adoption for their child. You may be wondering, ‘Who can I trust to help me?’

Here some questions you might have when looking into adoption:

1. Can I have a say in who will adopt my baby?
2. What if I am not sure about adoption?
3. What happens at birth?
4. Who will take the baby from the hospital?
5. Can I get some help with my expenses while I am pregnant?
6. I can’t raise the child I have now! Do you have families ready to adopt an older child?
7. Does my family have to know about the adoption?
8. What if I don’t know the father of the baby? Can I still make an adoption plan?
9. Do you have housing or somewhere I can live while I am pregnant?

If you have questions like these, you can call us 24 hours a day to help: 1-800-923-6784. We’ve helped many women who are in difficult situations. You won’t be judged at all or pressured into choosing adoption. Talking is the first step to help you get the answers that you need. You can also chat live with a professional online about your specific needs and concerns.

An Adoption Plan for My Baby—How Does it Work?

I made an adoption plan for my babyYou might be facing an unplanned pregnancy or have a child who’s already born. Adoption is a pregnancy choice to consider. There are many resources available at no cost you. “I was only 15 when I got pregnant, and I don’t believe in abortion. I’m so glad I was able to make an adoption plan for my baby!” one woman shares. Read and learn how adoption works…
 
On our website, you’ll find lots of adoptive family profiles. Couples who are hoping to adopt have written letters sharing about their lives and what they have to offer a child.
 
We suggest that you choose two to three adoptive parents that you’re interested in speaking to or emailing. Then, call Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida, and speak with one of our caring and qualified adoption coordinators. They’re here to work with you as you search for just the right match with adoptive parents. Adoption coordinators are here to answer your questions and help you make an adoption plan for your baby. Each of our adoption coordinators is a caring woman who has a desire to help women considering adoption.
 
Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida has many resources to help, and we never charge birth families for these services. We’re also here to help if other members of your family would like to get involved in the adoption process. We encourage your baby’s father to be a part of your adoption plan as well, working with you on selecting the adoptive parents and how much openness you’d like after the adoption placement. Some women choose to get updates on their child through emails and Facebook, while others select to have visits once or twice a year. You have so many choices as you develop your adoption plan.
 

Please feel free to call or text our 24-hour adoption answer line at 1-800-923-6784 and ask to speak to an adoption coordinator.

“My Baby’s Adoptive Mom is So Awesome!”

Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida gives ongoing pregnancy and adoption support to birth mothers from all over, including birth mothers right here in Florida, like Terri. She emailed her Adoption Support Coordinator Tiffany, “Good evening luv. I thought I’d share this with you. The adoptive mother, Cassie made a special Facebook group for Sidney. My baby’s adoptive mom is so awesome!”

my baby’s adoptive mom

Terri posted: “Cassie, Matt, and Tiffany. Three of the most amazing people I have ever had the pleasure of saying that I know. And all three now have a very special place in my heart forever more !! I could not feel more blessed to have found all three !! Everyone should be so lucky !!!”

It goes to show how much you really do have a say in your child’s future with open adoption! You can pick the adoptive parents for your baby from a big selection of couples all over the U.S. You have the power to say how things go in the hospital during delivery, such as who’s allowed in your room afterward. And, you’re able to keep in touch with them through emails, phone calls, Facebook, Skype, or visits. Another way to keep in touch with your child’s adoptive parents is on a private Facebook group, like Terri is doing.

Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida is here for you as you consider adoption for your baby or child. Let us know if you have questions. Just call or text 1-800-923-6784.