Lifetime Adoption dedicates ourselves to helping you through all steps of your adoption, and that includes supporting you post-adoption. We offer counseling from an independent counselor and peer counseling, no matter where you’re at in your adoption plan. Your adoption story just doesn’t end after you leave the hospital or when the adoption is final.
Key to our commitment to supporting birth mothers post-adoption is helping them locate the best resources to better their future and achieve their goals for higher education. The Lifetime Adoption Foundation is a non-profit organization that awards scholarships and educational assistance to women who have lovingly chosen adoption for their children. Please keep reading to learn how it can help you begin a new chapter in your life!
How the Scholarship Helped Me
Over the years, the Foundation has provided more than 250 scholarships to birth parents like you. The non-profit offers educational scholarships in deep appreciation to birth mothers who have chosen adoption for their children. They have enabled others to experience the joy of becoming parents and created futures for those families and their children for a lifetime.
The majority of the scholarship recipients made an adoption plan for their newborn babies. Now, they get updates on their child through visits, photos, video chats, phone calls, and social media from the adoptive family they chose. Many scholarship recipients use their awarded funds to pay for books, put toward their tuition, and help them afford the general costs of higher education.
Says Hannah*, who became pregnant in 2017 and graduated less than two years after her daughter’s adoption “Placing a baby for adoption changed me in a lot of ways. It gave me goals, and above all, it gave me hope. I wouldn’t have been able to be where I am at today if it wasn’t for my daughter and her family.” Today, she’s enrolled in a Master of Public Administration program to pursue her career goals.
And another scholarship recipient, Amanda, shares, “My education is important to me to achieve my goals further and continue thriving. Receiving this scholarship positively impacted my life because it helped me focus more on my goals, family, studies, and volunteer work and less on my finances. It is scholarships like these that help me and encourage me to continue my journey.”
“I really wanted to thank you for the support that you provided me throughout my college years! Thank you for the scholarships, as well as providing me the opportunity to find a wonderful family for our daughter at such a young age! The support has led to the graduation I have earned! I will be walking in the ceremony this May, getting my B.A. in Political Science,” says Olivia.
* All names have been changed for confidentiality.
Lifetime Foundation Birth Mother Scholarship
The Lifetime Adoption Foundation scholarship program is available to any birth mother that has placed a child for adoption after 1990. When you apply, you must verify your child’s adoption by providing paperwork from the adoption professional that handled the adoption. Women have used the scholarship at numerous colleges, trade schools, and universities across the U.S.
Besides the birth mother scholarships for college, the Lifetime Adoption Foundation provides other assistance to women considering adoption. They also offer maternity clothes, household items, and other necessities at no cost.
The Lifetime Adoption Foundation receives applications from birth parents who have completed adoptions at numerous different adoption agencies across the U.S. The non-profit organization requests donations from various agencies in the hopes that more funds can be available to provide more scholarships.
Lifetime Adoption Foundation is glad to grant educational scholarships in recognition of birth mothers who have made an adoption plan for their children. After all, as the birth mother, you’ve allowed a childless couple to become parents. In choosing adoption, you’ve also created a future, not only for the adoptive couple but also for your child, for a lifetime.
Learn more about the Lifetime Adoption Foundation’s birth mother scholarships and how you can apply at LifetimeFoundation.org.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on March 3, 2017, and has since been updated.
As Vice President 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.