The process of choosing just the right adoptive family for your baby can seem complicated. As you look at adoptive parent profiles, they’ll probably all look nice and friendly, and say things that you like. But, as one woman puts it, “how do I know the adoptive families I see on your website are fit to be parents? How do I know that my baby will be safe?”
Today, Lifetime is giving you insider info about the in-depth screening and background checks every hopeful adoptive parent must go through in order to adopt so you can gain confidence that your baby will be safe!
How are Adoptive Families Evaluated?
An independent professional will screen and evaluate the hopeful adoptive couple. (By “independent,” we mean someone who does not work for Lifetime, and so they’re not biased.) Background checks and in-depth screenings are done, and the couple has to have a social worker visit their home. The social worker is checking their home to make sure it’s a safe place to raise a child. The adoptive couple also undergoes a series of interviews with the social worker, who asks questions to make sure they’re fit to be parents.
The hopeful adoptive couple has to prove their income through payroll stubs or tax records, pass criminal background checks, and get a physical to make sure they’re healthy enough to parent.
Here’s a breakdown of the evaluation process to become an adoptive parent:
- Medical history
- Background checks
- Multiple interviews with each adopting person
- Questions to figure out the stability of a couple’s relationship, their family, and discipline practices
- Criminal record, child abuse, and FBI clearances
- Personal references
- Physical exams
- Income tax records
- A tour of their home and neighborhood
- and much more!
This is how Lifetime knows that every adoptive couple we work with are financially secure, stable, in a solid marriage, and are overall good people. In order to be able to adopt, Lifetime adoptive families have to pass an intense, objective, unbiased screening process.
Even after you’ve placed your baby with the adoptive family, follow-up visits and interviews will be done by the social worker and agency. They will make sure your child continues to flourish. Phone conversations, regular home visits, doctor’s reports, pictures, and updates are a regular part of our adoptions.
In over 30 years of working with thousands of adoptive families, birth parents, and children, Lifetime has kept the highest level of standards for the adoption family. When you choose a Lifetime adoptive couple, you can be sure your baby is going into a safe and loving home.
Do you have questions about adoption? Lifetime is available 24/7; just text or call us at
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.