Woman's hands holding a phone with the Open Adoption app showingToday, a lot of the most important info we get is on our phones. Apps help us keep in touch with family, post updates for friends to see on social media, and fit in a quick workout. There’s even an app to learn about modern adoption available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
 
If you’re trying to decide whether adoption is right for you, the free app “Open Adoption” is a convenient resource to help as you choose adoption or parenting. This tool lets you view adoptive families who may adopt your child and enables you to reach out to professionals who can help you through the adoption process.
 
An unplanned pregnancy doesn’t have to be the end. It can, in fact, be the start of a new life for both you and your baby. Adoption can give you both solid futures full of opportunity and hope. It isn’t the right choice for every woman, but it may be right for you and your baby.
 

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Open Adoption Offers Several Tools

First, you should know that Open Adoption is a free app that is discreet and easy to use. In fact, everything is available as soon as you open the app on your phone. You will see some clear options you can take a look at, which will guide you along the process.
 
If you’ve just started to think about an adoption plan for your baby or child, you might not want to share that with everyone right away. And that’s OK. Downloading Open Adoption is an easy way to look into adoption instantly and privately.
 

Open Adoption Shares How the Process Works

When most women start to think about adoption for their child, they wonder, “How does it work?” When you select “Adoption Process,” you’ll get clear, easy-to-follow info about how the adoption process works, tailored to your situation. So whether you’re pregnant, choosing adoption from the hospital, or making an adoption plan for your child, you’ll find the information you need in Open Adoption.
 
For the expert and caring adoption coordinators at Lifetime Adoption, the adoption process includes a wide range of activities. Expectant mothers can choose from a variety of options to help them make the best decision for themselves and their babies.
 

Open Adoption Shows You Hopeful Adoptive Parents

Selecting “Find Family” shows you the online profiles of couples hoping to adopt. Lifetime Adoption has a nationwide list of hopeful adoptive parents. We believe that the more families you have to choose from, the more likely you will find the perfect match for you and your baby.
 
Open Adoption makes finding adoptive parents for your baby an easy process! Choose search items that are important to you. Then hover over a family’s picture and click ‘View Our Profile’ to learn more about them.
 
You’ll be able to read about, watch videos, and see photos of the adoptive couples, all within Open Adoption! You can also see what kind of adoption they are open to, hopes for their future family, and current occupations. Discover each adoptive parent’s education, job, racial background, adoption preferences, and even their favorite holiday traditions and music.
 

Open Adoption Offers Support and Answers

When you have questions, Lifetime can provide the answers. This page offers some resources available 24/7 to help you understand the choices ahead of you. In addition, the adoption app seeks to give info that at least gets you thinking about adoption as a choice you could make.
 
Woman sitting her patio, drinking Starbucks and learning about adoptionThe “FAQ” section of Open Adoption answers some of the common questions many women have about adoption, like:

  • Is it selfish to consider adoption?
  • Are there any costs to me?
  • What if I go into labor? Can you work with me from the hospital?
  • Is there help for me after the adoption?
  • Is adoption confidential?
  • How are adoptive families screened?
  • Is it ever too late to choose adoption?

Open Adoption Has Helpful, Short Videos

You can explore adoption on the app Open Adoption by watching videos that answer some of the most-asked questions. Sometimes, people just want to watch a quick video rather than read a bunch of text, and we understand that. The videos on Open Adoption are only about a minute long and answer questions like, “Can I ever see my baby again” and “Do you have black adoptive families available?”
 

Open Adoption Provides Information 24/7

One of the benefits of downloading Open Adoption is access to the short and simple book, So I Was Thinking About Adoption… You can read the eBook for free, right within the app, whenever you want. It helps you learn about adoption as a choice, how to take care of yourself, plan for labor and delivery, and move forward with your life after adoption.
 
You can also gain more insight through the Birth Parent Blog section of the app. Here, you can receive helpful tips and answers to questions like:

The blog provides other resources, including stories from women who chose adoption and information about peer support groups.
 
Gain access to a free pregnancy newsletter through this app, which will help you throughout your pregnancy. Select the month of pregnancy you’re in, so the newsletter is customized especially for you! These pregnancy newsletters cover topics like pregnancy nutrition, how your baby is developing, and pregnancy tips. You can check out this newsletter on your phone from anywhere!
 

Is Adoption Right for Me?

Experience the Open Adoption App for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® and Android™ for free by downloading it from the Apple app store or the Google Play store today. This app may be the key you need to arrive at the best decision for you and your baby.
 
If you’re pregnant and unsure what to do, don’t worry. You’re not alone. You can contact Lifetime’s support line by calling or texting 1-800-923-6784 any time of the day or night. Or you can fill out the contact form on our website. We can help answer all your questions about adoption and help you move past this confusing time in your life, knowing you made the very best choices for you and your child.
 

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on January 17, 2020, and has since been updated. 

Mardie Caldwell Certified Open Adoption Practitioner
Written by Mardie Caldwell Certified Open Adoption Practitioner

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.

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