If you’re freaking out over that positive pregnancy test and thinking about adoption, you’re not alone. When you call or text our adoption coordinators here at Lifetime, they understand that you may be feeling overwhelmed and scared. You will be given all of the information, resources, and services that you need to make an informed decision, plus a sympathetic ear to listen to your concerns and fears about your pregnancy.
Whether you have already decided on adoption for your child or are still weighing your options, it can be helpful to know a bit more about the services available to you. Knowing which services our adoption agency offers can help you make a decision you can feel good about.
Lifetime Adoption provides many open adoption and family services to birth mothers, at no cost. We’re here to provide you with all of the services you need, and to guide you through every step of this journey, including after placement.
Today, we thought it would be helpful to share more about the free services that we offer. Here’s info on just some of the services birth mothers can expect when they choose Lifetime:
Lifetime provides access to independent, licensed counselors. The counselor has no stake in whether or not the expectant mother chooses adoption, so there is never pressure or a hidden agenda. Women can expect to receive care at whatever stage of decision making they are in. Even if a woman is certain about her choice, adoption is emotionally complex, and we believe that anyone can benefit from counseling during their journey. Counseling services also remain available after the baby has been placed with the adoptive family.
We can connect birth mothers to a network of women who have been in their shoes. At times, there can be no greater ally than someone who has shared your experience. Think of our birth mother mentors as a hand to hold while walking through the adoption process.
Outside Support Services
Lifetime’s adoption coordinators can assist birth mothers with housing assistance, medical support, and legal services, all at no cost to the birth mother and if allowable per her state laws.
Birth Mother Hotline
Birth mothers can call Lifetime’s confidential, toll-free number (1-800-923-6784) at any time. There are trained, live professionals to answer questions 24/7. Calls are never sent to voicemail, even after normal office hours.
Find a Family
Hopeful adoptive family profiles are organized by region on Lifetime Adoption’s website. Birth mothers can easily click the Find a Family link to browse profiles and reach out for more information.
Lifetime Adoption’s Phone App
On Lifetime Adoption’s free phone app, “Open Adoption,” you will find current information and answers to the most important questions you’ll face on your adoption journey. The app has all you need to know about making an adoption plan and how to find confidential services that will meet your needs, wherever you are. Visit AdoptionOptionApp.com to learn more and download for free.
Lifetime Adoption wants the very best for you and your baby, and we are ready to answer any questions you might have!
As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Lifetime Adoption, Heather Featherston holds an MBA and is passionate about working with those facing adoption, pregnancy, and parenting issues. Heather has conducted training for birth parent advocates, spoken to professional groups, and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the multiple aspects of adoption. She has provided one-on-one support to women and hopeful adoptive parents working through adoption decisions.
Since 2002, she has been helping pregnant women and others in crisis to learn more about adoption. Heather also trains and speaks nationwide to pregnancy clinics to effectively meet the needs of women who want to explore adoption for their child. Today, she continues to address the concerns women have about adoption and supports the needs of women who choose adoption for their child.
As a published author of the book Called to Adoption, Featherston loves to see God’s hand at work every day as she helps children and families come together through adoption.