Question: I am pretty sure that an adoption plan is the right choice for me and I’m due in a couple of months. But I’m worried…if I change my mind, can I choose to raise my child?
Answer: You can change your mind about adoption before all the forms are signed. We suggest that you make this decision sooner rather than later, since the longer you wait the more difficult it will be. Just take things one step at a time. And, know that your Lifetime Adoption Coordinator is here for you.
Lifetime Adoption offers you peer counseling, from women who have made an adoption plan for their child. We can also connect you to a licensed counselor. Both types of counseling are offered to you at no cost. Talking to someone may help you to clarify your feelings. Just because you’re sad or feel guilty, that doesn’t mean that your decision to do adoption wasn’t correct. This is a good time to take stock of your living situation and whether it’s changed. What were the reasons you chose adoption in the first place?
If you have additional questions about making an adoption plan for your baby or child, please call Lifetime Adoption at 1-800-923-6784.
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.