“I always thought adoption was such a good thing for women who were in high school, or homeless, or dealing with child services. You know, the stories you hear about on TV. I never thought this would be a decision I’d face when I became pregnant a third time. I’m 32, have a good job, and my youngest just started school. My kids’ dad doesn’t pay child support regularly, but I never minded before. But now, with a baby coming, and knowing I won’t be able to work for a while, I’m really worried about how I’ll make the bills and continue providing for my 5 and 8 year old. Plus, the father of this baby hasn’t talked to me since he found out I was pregnant. I am pretty sure I can’t count on him for help.
I don’t know what to do, but I have started to think about adoption. I love being a mom, but I also know how much it takes. I don’t want any of my children to sacrifice or miss out. I think adoption may be a decision a woman like me needs to consider. I see now that adoption isn’t just a choice for ‘certain’ people. I’m trying to do what is best for all of us.”
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.