When it comes to infant adoption, the wait is often a focus, and at times a challenge, for hopeful adoptive parents. Recently, Tracy, an adoptive mother in-waiting, shared with us how Lifetime’s webinars have helped.
Tracy, and her husband, Jamie, are actively waiting to be chosen by a birth mother. As a Lifetime adoptive family, Tracy attends monthly webinars to prepare for their future adoption. She shared how Lifetime’s adoption webinars give her ideas on how to “wait well,” discover tips for creating a meaningful relationship with her future child’s birth family, and apply practical tips for making the most of the wait.
You’ll be inspired by hopeful adoptive mom Tracy’s real-life talk and honest feedback on how adoption webinars have filled her with hope for her family’s future:
“I just wanted to take a moment and let you know how important your adoption webinars are to my entire family. I try to always attend your webinars live, but I also love listening to the recordings and the archived webinars. I could talk for hours about the invaluable information I have learned from listening to your webinars.
I genuinely believe that all of this knowledge will pave the way for our adoption dreams to be as successful as possible. What I value most, besides God, is my family and my relationships. All of your webinars offer some sort of tip to better and nurture those relationships whether it’s with my husband, children, self-care, future birth family, or my future child that will join our family through the gift of adoption.
This is important stuff! You are providing the tools that can set the foundation to potentially develop deep and meaningful relationships with birth families that could last a lifetime. This is undoubtedly what’s best for the child!
Your webinars also offer fabulous ideas on how to “wait well.” We have the utmost faith in God that His plan and His timing is way better than our plan and our timing. Whenever I start to feel a little impatient wondering when our adoption dreams will come to fruition, I simply watch a webinar. This always gives me something to DO.
I like to be an active participant during the wait. The webinars that feature actual adoption stories fill me with such hope and renewed excitement! I always jot down a few notes from the webinar, and that list gives me something to DO. Whether it’s packing our bags, arranging the nursery, updating our profile, running through “drop in the lap” scenarios, shipping a small donation to the Lifetime Foundation, gathering all our important documents/paperwork, or a new book to read, your webinars always leave me with a task that I can physically do to prepare us while we wait. Being as prepared as possible gives our family a sense of peace. Which, of course, I learned through listening to webinars!
I look forward to your webinars every month! Lifetime’s webinars have also allowed me to become a confident advocate for open adoption as I educate my friends and family about what modern adoption means.
I am very grateful for these resources and the amazing team of dedicated staff at Lifetime. You all make us feel so supported during this journey. Thank you!
Watch Lifetime’s adoption webinar recordings for free at AdoptionWebinar.com. And stay tuned for upcoming LIVE webinar events, coming soon!
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.