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7 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Open Adoption

Lifetime couple Chaun and Bobby with their open adoption blessing

Lifetime couple Chaun and Bobby admire their adoption blessing

Open adoption is very common nowadays, with most birth parents and adoptive couples hoping for some form of openness. Many adoptive families living with an open adoption relationship get questions from people unfamiliar with the concept. They get asked questions such as, “how does open adoption work?”

Lifetime is providing you with answers to 7 of the most frequently-asked questions you might get about your relationship with your child’s birth parents!

1. “What is open adoption?”

In an open adoption, there’s some amount of interaction between the birth family and the adoptive family. They might communicate with each other through social media, emails, and photos. Other adoptive families have visits with their child’s birth mother once or twice a year. Typically in open adoption, there’s no go-between (like an agency, attorney, or social worker) and the families communicate directly. The amount of contact is something that the adoptive family and birth family mutually agree upon.

2. “Aren’t you worried that she’ll come back and get her child?”

Once the adoption is legally final, the adoptive parents are the child’s legal parents. Once the birth parents sign the paperwork consenting to the adoption and their revocation period is over, the adoption is permanent.

3. “Does your child know their birth parents?”

In today’s adoptions, adoptive parents talk about adoption with their child from the beginning. This is done so that the child doesn’t grow up wondering about their birth family and where they came from.

4. “Isn’t it heartbreaking for your child’s birth mother to see him with you?”

Although open adoption visits are definitely emotional, most birth mothers have told Lifetime that they make her feel positive about the decision she made. Emails, photos, visits, and other forms of contact let the birth mother see her child is growing up happy and loved. So rather than feeling regretful, she feels validated.

5. “How many years do you have to stay in touch with the birth parents?”

The answer depends on the open adoption arrangement made between the adoptive parents and the birth family. Lifetime has worked with birth mothers who need to have lots of contact for the first few years after placement, but not as much after that. Of course, the opposite can also be true; it just depends on the birth mother and her needs.

6. “Isn’t open adoption confusing for your child?”

Adoption experts have found that open adoption reduces the amount of confusion for adoptees. In an open adoption, a child knows his or her birth family and the circumstances of his or her birth. Plus, adoptees in open adoption know that they’re loved by two families: their birth family and their adoptive family. So really, the truth of their adoption isn’t confusing, it’s liberating.

7. “Do you wish you had a closed adoption?”

Adoption isn’t about the adoptive parents only; it’s about all involved. Everything in open adoption is done in the best interest of the child, making them the most important person. The reason why birth parents choose to place their baby is because of their child; to provide them the best life that they can. Although they can’t parent, they chose adoption out of love for their child.

At the end of the day, it’s the adopted child who sees the most benefits from an open adoption. Because of open adoption, they’ll never have to question or doubt that they’re loved by their birth family.

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Get Adoption Guidance from the Experts at Lifetime’s Q&A Webinar

Adoption Q&A webinar on Thursday!Do you have questions about domestic, interstate infant adoption? Then we encourage you to mark your calendar and come to our adoption webinar on Thursday! Lifetime’s experienced adoption experts will be hosting a live Adoption Q&A Webinar.

It begins at 6:00 pm Eastern time on Thursday, February 22nd. At this webinar, you’ll be able to get answers to the questions on your mind and learn from other’s questions too.

Thursday’s webinar is available to you free of charge, and it’s open to all hopeful adoptive parents! Maybe you’re just starting to consider adopting. Or you could be in the adoption wait. No matter where you’re at in your adoption journey, this webinar can help you.

Lifetime’s adoption experts will cover a collection of topics that are helpful any hopeful adoptive parent. They’ll also answer your questions right there, on the spot! So if you’ve had questions about adoption, make sure to bring them to this Q&A adoption webinar. You can sign up using this link, and then set yourself a reminder to join in live. They’ll cover a lot during this webinar, so you may want to take notes!

The Adoption Q&A webinar begins at:
3:00 pm Pacific
4:00 Mountain time
5:00 Central time
6:00 Eastern time

It’ll be 60 minutes well-spent learning all you can about domestic infant adoption!

Sign up using this link or by going to AdoptionWebinar.com. Once you register, you’ll get an email with the details for the live broadcast. You’re able to listen in by phone or participate on a computer or mobile device using your web browser or the GoToWebinar app. Just download this app on your smart phone so that you can listen in to this adoption webinar from anywhere you are!

Hope to see you all there! If you have any questions, just call Lifetime at 1-800-923-6784.

Join Us Next Week for Silas and Dawn’s Adoption Story!

Adoption stories are some of the greatest, and most encouraging, resources for anyone hoping to adopt. The testimonies from people who have recently walked through the process to adopt provide helpful answers and tips. Adoption seems less complicated and overwhelming when you can hear from others who were once where you are today.

Hear Silas and Dawn's adoption storyJoin us for Silas and Dawn’s adoption story next Tuesday! You can sign up for this webinar using this link. We’re starting the New Year off with a sweet reminder that it only takes one birth mother to start a story that looks meant to be in hindsight.

The webinar will be held on Tuesday, January 23rd, at:
3:00 pm Pacific Time
4:00 pm Mountain Time
5:00 pm Central Time
6:00 pm Eastern Time

To secure your spot in next Tuesday’s webinar, just click on the following link: Register.GoToWebinar.com.

You can watch this adoption webinar online, over the phone, or by using the GoToWebinar app on your cell phone.

After you sign up for the webinar, we’ll email you instructions on how you can join in live. You’ll benefit from Silas and Dawn’s adoption story, no matter what stage you’re at in your adoption journey!

November is Adoption Month – Get 30 Days’ Worth of Prayer Ideas

praying for adoptoinIn recognition of National Adoption Awareness Month, Lifetime encourages you to pray for those touched by adoption! We want to lift birth parents and adoptive families up with prayer so that they might meet in open adoption.

Sometimes it’s difficult for people to know exactly WHAT to pray for regarding adoption. So, Lifetime has put together a FREE download, packed with prayer ideas. This sweet download has 30 days’ worth of prayer inspiration and related Bible verses.

Just visit LifetimeAdoption.com to request your free download. Or you can just click the image below:

click to get 30 days of prayer ideas!

We’ll just need your name and email address, and then the free download of 30 Days to Pray for Adoption is yours! We encourage you to share this adoption prayer download with your church group, Bible study, or with friends and family.

Here’s a sneak preview of some notable passages from 30 Days to Pray for Adoption:

For a pure heart and the right motivations as I pray for adoption in my life, or in the lives of others.
(Psalm 51:10)

For a content attitude, in every phase and through any circumstance that may come up through adoption.
(Philippians 4:11-13)

Give thanks for adoption this National Adoption Awareness Month! We hope that you’ll join Lifetime as we honor adoption through prayer. We celebrate birth mothers who make adoption possible, and adoptive parents who are blessed every day by adoption.

Modern Adoption, Revealed! Join Lifetime’s Webinar

Lifetime's Webinar: the Modern AdoptionLifetime has an inspiring adoption webinar coming up later this month! Tune in as we share the choices modern adoption offers families and women considering adoption. In celebration of National Adoption Awareness Month, we’re going to talk about what adoption looks like nowadays to Lifetime, as well as the advantages for birth mothers, hopeful parents, and children that come together in each story.

Our webinar, The Modern Adoption, will start at 7:00 pm Eastern on Thursday, November 30th. If you’re thinking about adoption, it’s important to know how adoption works today for adoptive families and birth parents. What choices does modern adoption offer?

This webinar is open to all hopeful adoptive parents, and there’s no cost to attend! It’ll prove helpful, no matter if you’ve just started thinking about adopting or are in the wait.

Open adoption offers many options for everyone involved in an adoption story, including women facing an unplanned pregnancy, or difficulty providing for a child, or a family hoping to grow with the addition of a child.

One of the best retorts for curious or ignorant questions about adoption is to educate. Join in on our modern adoption webinar to get the answers to widely-believed myths and gain knowledge about how much adoption has improved over the years.

Sign up for our modern adoption webinar by using this link or by visiting AdoptionWebinar.com. We’ll email you the details on how to join the live broadcast. You can listen in by phone, on a computer, on your cell phone’s web browser, or the GoToWebinar app. Downloading the app on your smart phone allows you to tune into our modern adoption webinar from anywhere you are!

We hope you’re able to make it! If you have questions about how to join this webinar, just call Lifetime at 1-800-923-6784.