In the 1950’s and 1960’s, adoptions were commonly closed and private; no one ever had to know. Birth mothers did not ever see their child, unless decades later they both pursued a reunion. The good news is that closed adoption is now very rare.
Adoption today here at Lifetime means that the birth mother makes the choices, including choosing the family and choosing what type of ongoing contact she desires. And Lifetime Adoption will help her find a family that is open to exactly what she is seeking.
Ongoing contact takes place from day one, meaning that the birth mother, birth father, or their families can talk to, meet and visit with the adoptive family and child from the beginning. Here are some examples of what that looks like:
- Become Facebook friends
- Follow each other on Instagram to really see what life is like as the child grows
- Text messaging
- Email or snail mail letters and photos
- Visiting in person once or twice a year
- Spending time together at Disneyland, the beach, or another vacation destination
- Engage any number of social media follow sites to stay in touch
The contact in your adoption can be as much or as little as you desire. And it may change over the years. Learn more today by calling Lifetime at 1-800-923-6784 to see if we have the type of family you are looking for. Or, view our waiting families here. Next week, we’ll share another one of the most common myths in adoption with you.