“I’m 17 and just found out I’m pregnant. I’m scared, ashamed and I have no idea how I’m going to tell my parents! I don’t believe in abortion, and I ‘m not ready to become a mom right now. So, I’m thinking about adoption. Can I choose a Catholic family for my baby?”
When you talk to an Adoption Coordinator at Lifetime, she will ask you what you’re looking for in an adoptive couple. Then, she’ll send you profiles about the adoptive couples who match what you’re looking for: a married couple who are faithful Catholics. If you’re not telling anyone yet that you’re thinking about adoption, don’t worry. We’re committed to keeping your adoption research totally confidential. When you get the profiles, they’ll arrive in a box that doesn’t say “adoption” anywhere on the outside.
You might be wondering what in the world “profiles” are. Profiles are full-color printed booklets that are about 8 to 10 pages long. Each Catholic adoptive family creates their own profile and in it, they share about their lives. You’ll find out what state they live in, what their home is like, what they do for a living, about their children (if they have any) and even their hobbies!
You’ll receive profiles about a variety of Catholic couples open to adopting your baby. You can talk to them, get to know them, and more as part of your decision.
We’ve found that some women who were raised in the Catholic faith request a Catholic adoptive family. They feel that it’s very important that their child be baptized and given the holy sacraments of the faith.
Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P., is nationally recognized as an expert on open adoption. A Certiﬁed Open Adoption Practitioner (C.O.A.P.), Caldwell is the founder of Lifetime Adoption Center, established in 1986. She has assisted in over 2,000 successful adoptions and was one of the ﬁrst adoption professionals on the Internet.
Caldwell’s life work is dedicated to educating and helping birth parents find the right adoptive parents for their child. She spreads the word about modern adoption through speaking appearances, webinars, online resources, and as a podcast show host.
She has written several award-winning books, including So I Was Thinking About Adoption, the first book of its kind. There are many reasons women choose adoption, and this short book is a comprehensive resource to make the best plan for you and your baby. Caldwell wrote So I Was Thinking About Adoption as a handy guide to the details of the adoption process.
Caldwell has made over 150 media appearances, including ABC News, CBS News, Larry King Live, CNN Headline News, NBC’s The Today Show, CNN’s The Campbell Brown Show, NBC News, KGO Newstalk Radio, CNN’s Black in America II, MSNBC, Fox, PBS, BBC, and Dr. Laura.