“I discovered that I was pregnant at 24. I was single and enlisted in the Navy. When I told my family, no one would help me out. My aunt even said, “you made the bed, now you need to sleep in it!” By that, she basically meant it was my responsibility. I realized that I had to make a decision pretty quickly because I was going to be shipped out to sea in a few months. I was against abortion, and so I decided on adoption. I wanted my soon-to-be-born son to grow up with a financially stable married couple who would love him unconditionally.
When I called Lifetime, the Adoption Coordinator I talked to asked me questions about what I was hoping for in an adoptive couple. She sent me adoption profiles of couples that matched what I was seeking. I was able to pick the family that adopted my son, which I’m so grateful for. My cousin’s friend also adopted out her baby, and she said the agency just picked a family for her without asking her first.
The Navy let me deliver my baby and then return to duty. The adoptive couple I chose were called when I went into labor. They were able to get to the hospital just a few minutes after I gave birth to my son. As I’d requested in my adoption plan with Lifetime, my son went home with the adoptive parents.
Today, I stay in touch with the adoptive couple and my son through email and Facebook, where they post photos, videos, and updates. I love that wherever in the world I’m stationed, I can see updates on my son! Choosing adoption has proven to be one of the best choices I ever made. Because I get updates on my son, I know he’s cared for and loved. I can just see it in his eyes in the videos and photos they share. If I ever wanted to see him in person, the adoptive couple has agreed to meet me for a visit. I trust that they’d do that since they’ve followed through with everything else they promised to me before the adoption.”
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.