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With Modern Adoption, You Make the Choices

A woman learning about modern adoption on her cell phoneAdoption today means that you make all the choices. And modern adoption gives you tons of choices! You can choose the adoptive parents for your baby, how much you want to get to know the parents you choose, and what happens at the hospital when you give birth. If you want, you can even keep in touch after the adoption happens. You can do this through phone calls, emails, texts, letters, social media, and visits. You have a say in every step!

We provide you with the trusted adoption help you need, the way you want it. Learning about adoption is easy, private, and convenient with Lifetime! Get answers to your questions, see waiting adoptive couples, and receive free resources! With Lifetime, you have a wide variety of adoptive families of all backgrounds to choose from, living all throughout the US.

Lifetime offers a FREE BOOK for women thinking about adoption. Just visit FreeAdoptionBook.com. And in our smartphone app, you can listen to stories from other mothers who chose adoption.

You can get peer support, counseling, and help with your needs or pregnancy-related expenses as you consider an adoption plan for your baby. While you learn about adoption, you will receive free services and full support, as well as during and after the adoption.

On the new site ModernAdoptionAgency.com, you can learn about adoption from the privacy of your phone or laptop. Chat on the website, or message (with a real person!) on our Facebook page or on Instagram.

You can confidentially and safely begin your adoption plan online, by email, or by mail. Just let us know what’s best for you!

Call or text a caring adoption expert ANYTIME at 1-800-923-6784.

Get Info on Your Choices With Open Adoption

Lifetime shares info on your choices with open adoptionWhen you make an open adoption plan with Lifetime, you’re in the driver’s seat. You have lots of choices, including your baby’s adoptive parents, how things will be handled at the hospital, and how much contact you’d like after the placement. Today, we’re going to give you some quick info on the three major choices with open adoption!

  1. Select the Adoptive Family for Your Baby
  2. This is one of the most important choices with open adoption. We’ll ask you what you’re looking for in parents for your baby. Maybe you’re hoping that they live in a certain area of the country, or maybe you’re looking for a couple who don’t have any children yet. Your Adoption Coordinator at Lifetime will mail or email you profiles all about the adoptive families that fit what you’re looking for. In the profile booklets, you can see photos and learn about their careers, parenting style, interests, and many other things. If you’d like to look at couples now, you can browse our hopeful adoptive family websites.

    Once you pick your favorite adoptive couple, you can interview them over the phone. We encourage you to ask them questions about topics important to you and get to know them better.

  3. Plan Your Hospital Stay
  4. You have the choice of how things are handled during your hospital stay for delivery. Here are some things to think about:

    • Who is allowed to be at the hospital when you deliver?
    • Would you like your baby in the room with you? Would you like your baby to stay in the nursery by the adoptive couple?
    • Once it’s time to check out, would you like to leave first, or should the adoptive couple leave first?
    • Would you like a copy of the newborn pictures the hospital takes?

  5. Determine Future Contact
  6. Another major one of your choices with open adoption involves how much contact you’ll have after placement. The relationship you have with your child and the adoptive family can run a wide range of options. Some women choose to have a very open adoption and get updates on their child through photos, emails, and visits. Other women are fine with not having visits and get updates on social media instead.

    Along with your child’s adoptive parents, you’re able to determine the amount and type of future contact you’d like to keep!

Whenever you’re ready to start learning more about your choices with open adoption, you can call Lifetime 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.

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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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.

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!

Deciding if Adoption is Right for You


Here’s an email we recently received from a woman thinking about adoption for her soon-to-be-born baby:
“Thank you for sending the profiles. It’s all a little overwhelming, but I’m grateful. Everything was so well put together. Thank you for the sweet little gift too.”
We understand for many of the mothers who call us, researching adoption can be very overwhelming, full of mixed emotions and questions, but it can also be reassuring. Whatever you decide, researching adoption will be the only way to figure out if it’s a good plan for you and your baby. We are here to help you decide if adoption is right for you.
Call to request your adoption packet or get answers to some of your questions: 1-877-383-6847.

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.

Adoption Q&A: What is Open Adoption?

Question: I’m due in a couple of months and have been exploring the pregnancy choice of adoption. I have read on adoption forums online about open adoption and semi-open adoption. What is that?

Answer: In an open adoption, you choose the adoptive family for your baby based on what you are looking for. In a “closed adoption” the adoption company would choose the family for your baby.

Lifetime Adoption provides a wide selection of loving families who are waiting to adopt. All adoptive families have had an in-depth background check and are approved and safe to adopt. Another choice you have with making an open adoption plan is to decide on the amount of contact you want to have. Some women request to receive updates on their child through emails, letters and photos, while others want visits or phone calls. Some women request no future contact at all. The choice is up to you! You may choose the family that best meets your needs and those of your child, or if you prefer, we can select a family for you. In an open adoption plan, you have a wide a variety of options!

Do you have questions about open adoption and how it works? Please call Lifetime Adoption at 1-877-383-6847.

Struggling with Parenting? Considering Adoption?

If you have been struggling as a mother or to provide for a child you’re raising, know that you’re not alone. Many women turn to Lifetime Adoption to explore their options in adoption. The reasons women choose adoption vary. Some women choose adoption for a child when they are not able to afford parenting, while others may be involved with Child Protective Services or be facing jail time. Sometimes the reasons a mother chooses adoption are from a desire to provide a two-parent home or greater stability for their child. There is truly no wrong reason to think about adoption or choose to create an adoption plan.

Learning more about adoption does not mean you have to choose adoption; you’re just finding out more information. Getting answers and exploring possible options will help you make an informed decision moving forward. Our services are free and confidential. We work with pre-screened and qualified adoptive parents who would love to share an open adoption with you, if you desire. We will help you find the family that’s right for you and right for your child, when you’re ready. Learn more in this short video:

 

If you have questions, please give Lifetime Adoption toll-free at 1-877-383-6847 or email us.