See How Open Adoption Works in Real Life

by | May 11, 2018 | Birth Parent Blog

open-adoption-real-lifeSometimes when you’re right in the middle of your adoption planning process, it’s hard to see what the future might look like.

Right now, you might be trying to decide what kind of contact you want to have later on with the adoptive family and your child. Or, you might be trying to picture what life would be like for your child with the adoptive couples you’ve picked.

So today, Lifetime is sharing a glimpse into how modern, open adoption can look in the real world.

Watch this video of a heartfelt note that a birth mother wrote to her daughter, and the adoptive parents she chose through Lifetime!

What a beautiful peek into modern open adoption in real life! She writes:

Happy Birthday to Brooklyn! I can’t believe it has been two years already.

I know your parents bring you great joy and a life greater than I could ever imagine.

Your birthday is a wonderful day. A day in history I would never change.

Thank you for being there for her. Thank you for being such a beautiful family.

I hope today is a joyous day for you all!”

Lifetime lovingly celebrates all birth mothers this Mother’s Day! And tomorrow is recognized nationwide as “Birth Mother’s Day,” a special day to honor you.

We recognize that you might find Mother’s Day weekend to be painful. If it is, you could try getting your feelings down on paper by writing in a journal. We encourage you to remember the original reason why you turned to adoption, and the wonderful life you’re providing for your child. Not only that, your decision created happy parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunt, uncles, and cousins. Some birth mothers have told us that it helped them when they saw how their decision brought such joy to so many people!


If you need someone to talk to this weekend, Lifetime is just a phone call or text message away at

Heather Featherston

Written by Heather Featherston

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.

Read more about Heather Featherston

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