Adopting a baby is something that many people dream of, talk about, and wait patiently for. For many individuals or couples, adoption can be likened to a bit of a calling. They were meant to love and care for a child that is not their biological son or daughter.
It is no secret that adopting a child takes perseverance. But being chosen by a birth mother who places her child with you is an experience that not everyone gets to have.
For many adoptive parents, the moment they meet their new child, their lives are changed, and they feel an instant heart connection that is unique. It is an instant bond that goes beyond genes. It is love that will stand the test of time.
LaShon and Harper
LaShon Wright experienced that moment when she adopted her long-awaited daughter, Harper Lee Wright. LaShon always longed to experience motherhood. But with no significant other in the picture and the “fertility clinic route” unsuccessful, she decided to pursue adoption.
Today, LaShon and Harper are busy bonding and have already established the beginnings of an incredibly special mother-daughter relationship.
LaShon flew out to a hospital in Arkansas in July 2020 to meet Harper, who was only two days old. Harper’s birth mother was young and already had two children, and she made the loving choice to place her child into an adoptive family.
There were many setbacks and stalls along the way for LaShon — especially with the COVID pandemic. But she knew that she and her new baby were destined to be together.
The minute that she first saw her daughter was a life-changing moment that melted her heart.
Now, she has the honor of holding Harper in her arms every day.
Those moments for LaShon are the opportunity to relish in Harper’s beauty and think about the blessings that she gets to provide for Harper’s life. LaShon’s goal is to raise her to be a strong, confident African American woman.
“I knew God had a plan and there was a baby for me,” says LaShon in a recent Michigan Chronicle article.
Are you considering adopting a child? We understand that it is a big decision and a forever commitment. There is plenty of advice out there about adoption, but in the end, the decision comes down to you. Some signs that you are ready to start the process could include:
#1: You are ready to learn what adoption takes.
Adopting a child is not always an easy process, but it is well worth the time, emotions, and money that you invest in the various steps. In order for it to be successful, you will need to be involved in the process. That means actively asking questions of adoption professionals and getting the information you need to get started. Once you have set adoption goals that are unique to you and learned the next steps, you will know when and if you feel ready to begin the process.
#2: You have a support system in place.
The adoption process can sometimes be long, complex, and full of emotion. Before starting the adoption process, make sure you have a strong support system in place. Whether it’s a spouse, a best friend, your parents, grandparents, or a combination of all of those things, your support system will help you process anything you might feel or experience along the way.
This support system will also come in handy when you need help with your adoption profile or feeding your dog when you travel to get your baby. Experienced parents may help you if you are a first-time parent, and it never hurts to have a friend to call on to help with meals or groceries during your first weeks at home. Building a strong support system now will be an invaluable help for years to come!
#3: You’re committed.
Just like any big decision you make in life, commitment is key. Being an adoptive parent takes dedication from the very beginning. This commitment is what will get you through the process and help carry you to the point of meeting your child. This is an exciting thought, and if you’re determined to see the process through, no matter what, you will be ready to start the adoption journey.
If you want to experience the joy of being an adoptive parent, our team at Lifetime Adoption can help. We work with people of all kinds to find the right match. Our compassionate and experienced adoption coordinators will help answer your questions and discuss your adoption goals.
Your desire to be an adoptive parent can come true — just as LaShon Wright’s did.
Just as we helped LaShon and Harper come together, we would be honored to help you!
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.