If you’ve just started thinking about adoption for your baby or child, it can be hard to picture how it works. You probably have a lot of questions coming to mind as you think about adoption. Many women find it helpful to hear about what adoption is like from other mothers who have chosen adoption for their children.
While you may feel like you’re the only one in the world facing an unplanned pregnancy, you’re not. You’re not the first or the last to walk this path. That can be comforting to hear because it means that resources, support, and information are available to help you right now. Knowing your options and becoming well-informed can help you feel more confident about whichever decision you make.
Adoption is a life-changing decision that requires much thought and reflection. But where can you find the latest information on how modern adoption works? Watching these short videos like the ones on this page is an easy way to learn more about your choices in adoption today.
Scroll to watch a few of the videos below, which will give you a real-life look at what modern adoption is like, how it works, and the choices it gives you today!
Here’s why I chose adoption…
If you’re thinking about adoption, one of the best ways to learn about it is to hear from women who have made this choice. There are many reasons why women choose adoption, from being too young to become a mom to wanting more for their child than what they can provide. In this short video, a birth mother shares why she chose adoption.
When Adrianne learned she was pregnant, it felt like her life was over. Her mom gave her a packet of info about adoption, and Adrianne realized the benefits of adoption.
Watch as she tells how she picked adoptive parents for her son, what their relationship is like today, and who helped her along the way:
If you are thinking about placing your baby for adoption, this video will show you what modern adoption is like. Today, modern adoption is about the expectant mother and her choices as she creates an adoption plan for her baby. She can choose the adoptive parents for her baby, get to know them, and maintain contact with her child as they grow up.
What’s the adoption process?
This simple video illustrates the steps to take when placing your child for adoption. You can choose the parents you want to raise your baby and the type of contact you wish to have with the family and your baby after the adoption is finalized. You can also decide how you want things to go while you’re at the hospital.
The first step is talking with a caring adoption coordinator at Lifetime Adoption. She will answer your questions and make sure you understand all your choices.
How much does it cost to place my child for adoption?
There is no cost to you for choosing adoption. Couples seeking to adopt a baby are responsible for paying adoption expenses and might even be able to provide you with financial assistance if allowable in your state.
Will my baby be safe with the adoptive parents?
All Lifetime’s adoptive families have had background checks, screenings, home studies by a social worker, and physical exams by a doctor. Before they can adopt a baby, their lives and backgrounds are investigated before they can adopt to make sure they’re fit to be parents.
How does adoption work?
The adoption process begins by thinking about the type of adoption you want. With Lifetime Adoption, you can make all the choices and create your own personal adoption plan for your baby.
These videos provide a real-life glimpse at what open adoption is like today and how unique adoption can be. We hope watching them gives you insight and perspective as you begin your adoption process.
Of course, if you’re not hoping for AS open an adoption as these women chose, that’s OK too! Modern adoption is about choosing what works for you and coming to a mutual understanding with the adoptive family you pick for your baby.
And remember, counseling and peer support are available to you while you think about adoption, as you make adoption plans, or after the adoption. It’s up to you when this resource would help. We want to make sure you know there’s support for you in addition to our 24-hour help and availability.
You can call or text Lifetime Adoption at 1-800-923-6784 to start the adoption process. We’re happy to send you free info about adoption, choosing adoptive parents, and pregnancy resources, such as maternity clothing, housing, scholarships, and more.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on August 22, 2017, and has since been updated.
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.