Being pregnant can be a scary time if you don’t know what to do. Considering all of your options and making a choice to consider adoption is not only brave, it’s selfless and smart. If you have all the information, it can make things a little less scary, and maybe even help you make the right decision for you and your baby. Here are 4 things you may not know about the adoption process.
1. You Get to Choose Your Child’s Adoptive Family
Did you know that you make the decision about who gets to adopt your child? After you decide to start the adoption process with Lifetime Adoption, you get to look at a ton of different families, check out their pictures and story, and then choose which ones you want to know more about.
2. With an Open Adoption You Can Stay in Touch With Your Child
In the movies you always see moms giving up their children and never seeing them again. That’s not how it works with Lifetime. When you decide to do an open adoption, you can choose a family that will invite you to be a part of your child’s life growing up. This is a great compromise! You have the satisfaction of knowing you made the best decision for your child’s welfare, found them a loving and supportive family, and you can still watch their journey as they grow.
In many cases you can send a picture of yourself to the adoptive family, and the adoptive family can then send pictures of your child via the internet or snail mail for you to view as often as you like. You can even arrange to have visits! Everyone gets to move on with their best life, and you can still watch your baby change and grow.
3. There May Be Help Available for You
If there are tough times during your pregnancy, when you need some financial or medical support, Lifetime Adoption can get you some help. Depending on your age and current financial situation, there are a variety of solutions to help you feel comfortable and safe during your pregnancy.
If housing is an issue, you might be able to get help finding a stable living situation or get temporary housing in a maternity care home. Birth mothers can also get help relocating to another town, depending on your age and how far along you are in the pregnancy.
4. You Can Get Help With Medical Expenses
It might be overwhelming to think about how expensive doctor visits and hospital stays might be. There are ways to get help with your expenses. In most states, the adoptive family can help pay for medical bills, insurance copayments, and even transportation to and from your doctor appointments.
Medical care is so important to the health of you and your baby. These financial assistance services can make it easier to get the prenatal care you need.
If you are interested in adoption, or are scared and would like more information about how you can get help, call Lifetime Adoption at 800.923.6784 to have a confidential conversation with an adoption counselor.
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.