Rebecca is in her early twenties and made an adoption plan at 18, when she was pregnant with her daughter Lauren. She did adoption for her baby since she wasn’t able to become a parent right then.
Her daughter was adopted by a couple in Texas, Rex and Polly. Rebecca continues to have contact with her daughter and her daughter’s adoptive parents. This is known as “open adoption.” A recent email from adoptive mother Polly shows open adoption in action:
We wanted to share a couple of photos from Rebecca’s visit this month. It’s been one year since she last saw Lauren, and we had a great visit with her!
In the photo on the right, Lauren is ‘reading’ “Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born” to Rebecca. In the second one, Lauren is showing Rebecca her back yard play skills. We are so fortunate to have Rebecca in our lives, and will have lots of pictures for Lauren’s memory books that she can treasure someday when she better understands her story.”
If you’re considering adoption for your baby and aren’t sure if it’s right for you, it helps to hear from a woman who’s been where you are now. Listen online to Tammy’s Story – Open Adoption: A Birth Mother’s Journey to learn how open adoption works from a birth mother’s point-of-view.
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.