Question: “I’ve made some very bad decisions in my life. Most of my family has served time in prison or keep coming into and out of jail. It used to be that I was the first one they came to when they had problems. When I got pregnant, I knew that once I had that kid, I wanted to make their home life better than mine had been.
Well, I ended up going down the same road my family did, and I’m now facing long-term prison time. It’s heartbreaking, but I know that I won’t be able to parent my baby. Can I adopt out my baby? Will any couple accept her, knowing what her mom is like?”
Answer: Yes, creating an adoption plan is definitely an option! Lifetime has helped many women create an adoption plan who are incarcerated or about to go to jail. There are lots of hopeful adoptive couples who would love to open their homes and hearts to your baby. By choosing adoption for your baby, you’re able to avoid the overcrowded foster care system. You have the right to select the adoptive parents for your baby, and also to receive updates on your child as they grow up.
When you make an open adoption plan, you can pick an adoptive couple based on their beliefs, where they live, what their background and race are, and many other criteria. You can also choose whether you’d like to get updates on your child through letters, photos, and/or phone calls.
Lifetime will help you create an adoption plan and work out the details of the adoption, including getting your baby’s father’s permission as well as the legal side of the adoption. An attorney will work on the adoption at no charge to you. You may be also able to get help with pregnancy-related bills, like doctor’s visit fees. Your adoption plan will be kept private and confidential, if that’s your wish.
You can also ask for a FREE Adoption Planning Kit here.
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.