Going back to school to further your education can be a daunting task for anyone, especially if you’ve just completed an adoption plan for your child. No matter if it’s only been a few semesters since you were in school, or if you’re going back after years of a hiatus, the whole process can seem overwhelming.
Maybe you had to put off your education due to being pregnant. Don’t give up, always try and achieve your dreams.
Today, we’re sharing 4 tips with you about going back to school, AND information on a scholarship that’s specifically for birth moms!
1. Get a Stable Foundation
Before stepping back into “normal” college life, it’s important to make sure that you have a solid, stable foundation. You can find this through counseling, support, and information. Contact your Adoption Coordinator at Lifetime if you’re interested in post-adoption counseling.
2. Surround Yourself With Positivity
We encourage you to surround yourself with positive people who support your dreams and goals. After your child’s adoption went through, you might find out that people who you thought were your friends weren’t good friends at all. By connecting with other birth mothers who know what you’ve been through, you can grow and move forward with your life.
3. Get Ready for Questions
If you’re going back to school right after having your baby, people who knew you were pregnant may have questions. Be prepared for any nosy, rude questions you might get. Try and think ahead of time what you might say.
4. Consider Online Courses
A good way to ease back into school is by taking online courses. You might be nervous to go back to school if you’re older than most of the other students. Online courses are less intimidating than stepping into a classroom filled with younger students. Plus, if you’re working too, you can complete assignments when you have the time.
Scholarship for Birth Mothers
So that you can find success in your journey to further your education, we wanted to share some info with you on a scholarship that’s just for birth mothers!
The Lifetime Adoption Foundation awards scholarships to women who have made an adoption plan for their child. They grant educational scholarships in appreciation to birth mothers who have lovingly chosen adoption. “It’s wonderful to see birth moms going to college with our adoption scholarships,” says Mardie Caldwell, Founder of the Lifetime Adoption Foundation.
Would you like to apply for one of Lifetime Adoption Foundation’s scholarships?
Please visit www.LifetimeFoundation.org to apply.
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.