Modern adoption is different from how adoption was done decades ago. With an open, modern adoption, you’re in the driver’s seat. You have the power to pick your baby’s adoptive parents, how much contact you’d like to have with them in the future, and how things go in the hospital. Many people out there say “open adoption” when they’re talking about modern adoption
Today, Lifetime is giving you the inside scoop on what modern adoption is like! We’re sharing what a few women who made a modern adoption plan have to say about it! We’ve removed everyone’s names, for privacy reasons.
“I like that with open adoption, I can still know how my baby is doing, and be able to get updates on him.”
“My daughter knows that I’m her birth mother. We have visits once a year, and her adoptive parents post photos and videos to Facebook all the time so I can see her grow up! Once she gets older and starts asking questions about her birth mom and why I chose adoption, her parents will have that info to share with her.”
“Making a modern adoption plan for my three-year-old son sure wasn’t easy. I knew I couldn’t give him the life I wanted to, though. :( What helped was being able to hand-pick his adoptive parents, and know that I could stay in touch with him. I wanted him to be with an outgoing and energetic couple who could keep up with him! Being able to afford a college education for him was a must, and I also wanted a couple who loved the outdoors and animals. Even though this was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, I feel peace knowing he’s with the perfect couple (a couple that I was able to choose for him!”
“I took a long time deciding who I wanted for adoptive parents for my baby girl. This was a decision I wanted to be picky about after all! At eight months along, I picked a couple who shared my religion and values. It’s important to me that my daughter be brought up with morals and values, so I was so glad to find them!”
If you’d like to talk with someone who’s made a modern adoption plan, please text or call Lifetime Adoption at 1-800-923-6784.
Our peer counselors know where you’re at, and are here for you.
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.