If you’re thinking about adoption for your baby, chances are you’re probably feeling confused, uncertain, worried, or sad. You might be anxious about whether you’re making the right choice, or confused about how the whole adoption process goes down.
It can help to talk with a woman who’s been where you’re at right now. Lifetime’s Peer Support Program was designed specifically to connect with a birth mother who has been through it all before!
Our Peer Support Program lets you speak one-on-one with an actual birth mother who chose adoption. These women are glad to be a help and support to you in this time while you make plans for your baby. Our peer support is available to you while you think about adoption, during your adoption planning process, or after your Lifetime adoption. It’s up to you when this resource would help.
Why Would I Need Peer Support?
When you’re making a life-changing decision like adoption, it helps to know that you’re not alone. Someone else understands exactly how you feel because she’s been through it herself. It can be hard to walk the road to adoption alone. Walking it with someone who understands can make the journey much easier.
Many women have found it beneficial to talk with someone who’s been through the adoption experience and is available to listen. Here’s what they’ve had to say about Lifetime’s Peer Counseling Program:
“Talking with my peer counselor has really helped me through my adoption. She knows exactly how I’m feeling, and is easy to talk to. She can tell me what she went through and how she handled certain situations!”
“I feel like birth moms need other birth moms to talk to. It’s not like we can’t talk to our friends or family, but having someone who knows how you’re feeling is sooo helpful! Birth moms are the only people in the world who know the whirlwind of emotions that come with making this decision. They never judge you if you need someone to talk to because you’re not sure you can do this.”
“After I hang up the phone from one of our calls, I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. We can be ourselves with each other. My peer counselor helps me realize that I made the best decision by choosing adoption!”
How Do I Talk With a Birth Mother?
Seeking the advice of those who have been your shoes is so easy. Just visit Lifetime’s Peer Support Program page to get started! There, you can read the profiles of our peer support network of women. Once you find a birth mother that you’d like to chat with, just fill out the contact form on her page to be connected.
Each member of our peer support network has volunteered her time to help ease your journey. She is there to listen and provide you with a “been there, done that” perspective as you consider adoption.
What If I Need More Support?
Adoption is a difficult experience for many birth parents, even when they know it’s the best decision for both them and their baby. The right choice can also be the hardest one. With any major life-changing event like adoption, obtaining support and counseling is a good idea. Lifetime Adoption believes that every woman considering adoption should have access to quality, professional counseling.
In addition to the peer support, Lifetime can connect you with a third-party licensed counselor. The counseling and peer support made available by Lifetime Adoption is something that you can take advantage of before, during, and after your adoption decision. We do everything we can to make appropriate mental health services as part of every adoption plan.
There’s support for you, in addition to Lifetime Adoption’s 24-hour help and availability.
Call or text Lifetime at 1-800-923-6784 and let us know if
counseling or peer support would help you!
Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P., is nationally recognized as an expert on open adoption. A Certiﬁed Open Adoption Practitioner (C.O.A.P.), Caldwell is the founder of Lifetime Adoption Center, established in 1986. She has assisted in over 2,000 successful adoptions and was one of the ﬁrst adoption professionals on the Internet.
Caldwell’s life work is dedicated to educating and helping birth parents find the right adoptive parents for their child. She spreads the word about modern adoption through speaking appearances, webinars, online resources, and as a podcast show host.
She has written several award-winning books, including So I Was Thinking About Adoption, the first book of its kind. There are many reasons women choose adoption, and this short book is a comprehensive resource to make the best plan for you and your baby. Caldwell wrote So I Was Thinking About Adoption as a handy guide to the details of the adoption process.
Caldwell has made over 150 media appearances, including ABC News, CBS News, Larry King Live, CNN Headline News, NBC’s The Today Show, CNN’s The Campbell Brown Show, NBC News, KGO Newstalk Radio, CNN’s Black in America II, MSNBC, Fox, PBS, BBC, and Dr. Laura.