Question: “I’m due next month, and I’ve been thinking about adopting out my baby ever since I found out I was pregnant. My parents won’t help me out, but my boyfriend has said we’ll move in together and he’ll work two jobs to make ends meet. The problem is, he isn’t the most reliable. So, that’s why adoption seems to be the best possible choice. Can I still give up my baby for adoption at the last minute? How about after she’s born?”
Answer: Lifetime has worked with many women who didn’t make their final decision on adoption until the end of their pregnancy, or even after delivery. We provide adoption services and support to women in various stages of their decision-making process, from the time they email or call us. And you can decide on adoption at any time, even months after your baby is born.
Know that if you choose to make an adoption plan for your baby, you’re not giving up on being a parent or giving up on them. You’re making the best choice you can so that your baby can have the best life possible.
Lifetime Adoption has worked with many women who call us from the hospital and decided at the last minute adoption was best. If you choose adoption last-minute, you have the same rights in your adoption process as any other birth mother. You can still get help with your medical, living, and legal expenses. You can choose the adoptive family for your baby while in your hospital bed, and talk to them on the phone an hour later while they’re driving to meet you and your baby. Lifetime won’t treat you differently than a birth mother who chose adoption earlier in her pregnancy. We want to make sure that you’re supported as you think about whether adoption is best. That’s why we’re available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
When choosing adoption last-minute, you remain in power in your adoption plan. Not only do you pick the adoptive family, you decide on how much contact you want in the future. Every Lifetime adoptive family has been pre-screened and is excited and ready to become parents through adoption. If you’d rather have Lifetime choose the adoptive family, that’s fine too.
Once you’re ready to begin the process of adoption, just call or text Lifetime Adoption at 1-800-923-6784. The Adoption Coordinator you talk or text with will ask you questions about your social and medical history, and find out what you’re looking for in an adoptive family. Then, she’ll send you adoption profiles of couples who meet what you’re hoping for. If you’re making your adoption plan last-minute from the hospital, she can email you adoption websites about the couples. Once you pick the adoptive family, they’ll be called and start quickly traveling to you.
Remember, it’s never too late to choose adoption for your baby. Whether your baby is a few months old or you just gave birth, there’s truly no “deadline” to do adoption. Please call (or text) Lifetime any time at 1-800-923-6784 once you’re ready to get started with an adoption plan for your baby. We’re able to help you start your adoption plan right away, and find a loving family for them within hours.
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.