“I’m a single mom to a two-year-old girl. Ever since she was born, it’s been a struggle to pay bills and make sure she has everything she needs. I don’t have any support from my parents, who stopped talking to me once I got pregnant. And her dad up and disappeared when he learned I was pregnant.
I only see my daughter when I’m taking her to daycare in the morning on the bus. I want her to have better than this. It breaks my heart to have to admit this, but I think I need to adopt out my toddler!”
Know that you’re not alone: we often hear from moms of older children, contacting us for adoption info. Their reasons for looking into adoption at this point vary. Many have other kids in the house and not having enough money is making it impossible to care for them.
Keep reading to discover your options with an older child adoption at Lifetime!
If you’re thinking about adoption, it means that you love your child so much that you want the very best for them no matter what. Adoption might be the answer to your situation.
We hear from plenty of moms of toddlers at Lifetime. Some contact us because they’re in an abusive situation and can’t guarantee a safe place for their child. They share with us that it seems like CPS might step in and remove their child, so adoption is definitely a better option. With open adoption, you can choose your child’s parents and stay in touch in the future. Your child won’t end up getting lost in the foster care system.
Sometimes jail time is a reality for the moms we talk to. Instead of letting the courts decide where her child goes, she takes action to find a good home for her child while she still has this option. These reasons (and many others) are why parents look into adoption for their child.
It’s totally a myth that people only want to adopt babies. Lifetime has so many loving adoptive families who are interested in adopting a toddler, preschool-aged child, or a child up to seven years old. Click to check out all the adoptive couples hoping to adopt a child.
Open adoption is a great option for a child. It allows you to stay a part of their lives, and to provide a safe and loving adoptive home for them.
When you begin the open adoption process look through the couples who are interested in adopting a child. Being able to choose the family for your child is one of the biggest benefits to open adoption. You can decide how much contact you’d like to have in the future. It can range from emails and social media posts to regular visits.
The choices are yours! As difficult as it can be to think about this, Lifetime’s coordinators are here to help you. We can answer your questions about choosing adoption for your toddler. Just call Lifetime at 1-800-923-6784 to chat with an adoption coordinator.
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.