You have made the loving decision to pursue adoption. It only makes sense that you should decide who adopts your child. As you start out on your adoption journey and begin making choices about your baby’s future, keep in mind that getting help from others doesn’t mean giving up control! A private adoption using the help of adoption professionals such as Lifetime is a great adoption option that lets you make your own choices and create your own adoption plan, while also giving you the expert help of people who will be looking out for what is best for you. In a private adoption, you are in charge; the experts are just there to help you along the way. They are not there to make decisions for you, or tell you what to do.
Lifetime’s adoption experts will only show you prospective adoptive parents who fit your needs and who are serious about adopting. You will get to meet the adoptive parents so you can talk to and get to know one another. You will decide what happens at the hospital, and you can also decide how much contact you want to have with the family after the adoption is final.
If you decide to stay in contact, Lifetime can also help you find ways to keep in touch with the adoptive family, such as through letters, emails, phone calls, or visits. They will also give you compassionate and personalized attention, and can refer you to places that might help you with medical, housing, and legal needs, as well as with maternity clothes. And all of Lifetime’s services are free to you, the birthparent.
With a private adoption, it’s important to remember that you have control and the final say in who adopts your child. The decision will be between you and the adoptive parent; the professionals are there to look out for your best interests and help you along the way.
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.