For over 30 years, Lifetime Adoption has connected birth mothers with loving, adoptive families, and works to assist in the progress of ongoing open adoption relationships. We work with hundreds of birth parents and average around 15 adoptions per month. People are often curious to know how our success rate is so high.
Our success is a result of extensive nationwide outreach. We are committed to providing ongoing education and support for birth mothers and adoptive families. Everyone we work with becomes part of our larger Lifetime family. We love sharing our adoption stories, and we find that our adoptive families are eager to help others on their adoption journey as well. When adoptive families share their stories and spread the word about adoption, they help make even more adoption dreams become a reality.
Why Potential Birth Mothers Are Drawn to Lifetime
At Lifetime, we pride ourselves on providing a no-pressure atmosphere for potential birth mothers. Adoption is not always the right choice for an unplanned pregnancy, and that’s OK. Lifetime will provide information, support, and resources to any woman considering adoption, whether or not she decides to pursue that path. Many birth mothers have shared that they chose Lifetime Adoption because of this welcoming, non-judgmental introduction.
When a birth mother chooses Lifetime, she is cared for by a team of trained, certified professionals. Our adoption coordinators work one-on-one with birth mothers throughout the adoption process. This relationship continues well after the baby is placed with the adoptive family. We understand that open adoption is a lifelong journey, and we are always here for our birth mothers.
Lifetime’s comprehensive education and support for birth mothers is a major factor in our low reclaim rate. When an expectant mother fully understands what her open adoption plan will entail and the resources available to help her through it, she feels more confident in her choice and is less likely to change her mind. When the birth mother’s needs come first, our adoptive families also benefit.
Why Lifetime Has So Many Satisfied Adoptive Families
Lifetime Adoption devotes significant resources to networking and marketing. We know that most birth mothers search online for answers about adoption. So, we make use of the online platform through our website and Facebook page. These efforts benefit adoptive families by increasing their visibility. The more birth mothers who see the adoptive family profile, the greater the chance of finding a perfect match!
Since Lifetime can reach birth mothers all across the country, adoptive families are not restricted by geography. This means shorter waiting periods.
Lifetime also prioritizes education. We conduct webinars and present about open adoption at healthcare conferences. Through this work, we provide current, relevant information to potential birth mothers, adoptive families, and the professionals who work with them. When healthcare providers are educated about the modern face of open adoption, they can give their patients a full picture of their choices and empower them to make informed decisions.
How Adoptive Families Can Help Spread the Word
Every Lifetime adoption is an important story about love and family. Our stories are also part of the greater narrative about modern open adoption. There are still many people who have misconceptions about adoption. They picture the closed adoptions of the past that were harmful to birth parents and children. Adoptive families can help educate others on the many benefits of open adoption by sharing their stories.
Lifetime encourages adoptive families to help spread the word by heading over to Facebook and posting about Lifetime Adoption in your regional Facebook groups. Other online options to assist with Lifetime’s outreach include sharing posts from our Birth Parents blog and Facebook page, Lifetime Adoption Center.
If you are a Lifetime family, talk to your Coordinator about receiving brochures and flyers to distribute in your area. For our adoptive couples who have ordered Lifetime’s Adoption Outreach Cards, know that they are a great tool to spread the word about open adoption. If you work with pregnant women, call Lifetime to request that our brochures be sent to you. Together, we can empower future birth mothers and adoptive families to make the best decisions for their future.
As Vice President 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.