Question: I’m so ashamed to admit this, but I used meth during my pregnancy. I’m having a baby girl due next month, but I’m nervous and stressing that I won’t be able to handle parenting. So, I’m thinking about adoption. Will anyone want to adopt my baby since I used meth while I was pregnant?
Answer: Lifetime Adoption has adoptive couples open to adopting and loving a baby who was exposed to meth use prenatally. Adoption gives your baby the opportunity to be loved and cherished by an adoptive couple who have the resources to handle her needs.
Lifetime asks every adoptive family if they’re comfortable with adopting a baby who was exposed to prenatal drug use. We encourage you to be honest with Lifetime about when you used. That way, we can share adoptive family profiles of couples who are open to it.
When you share that your child was exposed to prenatal drug use, it helps the adoptive family make the right choices in order to support your child. It’s important that they have all the info they can in order to raise your baby well. When the adoptive family you pick knows your baby was exposed to meth, they can get ready to care for your baby after you deliver, since she may be born addicted.
It’s up to you if you’d like to stay in touch after the adoption happens. Lifetime has waiting adoptive couples who promise to fulfill your wishes for an open adoption. This type of adoption means that they are open to sharing letters, emails, photos, and in-person visits with you as your daughter grows up. You can also keep in touch through social media sites like Facebook and via video chat like Skype.
Lifetime is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, just in case you need our help quickly. You can even call from the hospital and receive our help. Just call Lifetime at 1-800-923-6784.
If you can’t provide what you know your baby needs, making an adoption plan will allow you to provide your baby what you’re not able to. Some people might say “don’t give up your baby for adoption!” But the truth is, adoption isn’t giving your baby away; it’s giving her the very best life that you could possibly give her.
When you’re ready to get more info about making an adoption plan, call Lifetime Adoption at 1-800-923-6784.
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.