An adult hand cradling a sleeping infant's handWhen you are thinking about adoption for your baby, it is natural to wonder about the people who would end up parenting your child.

“Who are the people who want to adopt my baby?”

Choosing adoption is a smart and caring way to provide a lifetime of love and stability for your child, and with open adoption, you can choose the people who you think will give the best life to your baby.

Open adoption takes the mystery out of adoption. With open adoption, you get to choose the parents for your child. You get to decide on a family who will raise your child the way you want, and who has interests that you desire. If you want your child to grow up in a certain religion, or with a family who likes certain hobbies, you get to say so.

“How will I know what kind of people want to adopt my baby… are they good people?”

Not everyone who applies with Lifetime Adoption is qualified to be an adoptive parent. All adoptive families get screened and pre qualified by an adoption professional, and then they go through an evaluation process. A licensed social worker does a “home study,” and visits their home in person. To qualify to adopt your baby, these families must also pass a background check that includes an FBI screening, medical, and financial evaluations. Only after they have completely passed through this screening process are they ready to be considered as adoptive families.

After reviewing the profiles of families that you think might be a good fit, you can speak with them directly to be sure that they meet your personal requirements for a loving and safe environment. You can even have a face to face meeting before selecting the family who you want to adopt your baby.

If you need help with pregnancy, living and medical costs, the family that you choose can help you with those costs if your state allows it.

“Will I know how my child is raised after they adopt my baby?”

In addition to choosing the family that you want to parent your baby, you can choose how much interaction you have with the family and your child as he grows up. You may choose to get letters, emails, or phone calls from the adoptive family, or even visits. Open adoption gives your child the opportunity to have ongoing communication with you. You can tell your child how much you love him, and that you wanted the best for his life. Your child will know why you choose adoption, and how you lovingly and carefully selected the family that could provide the best life possible for him.

With open adoption, your questions about the families who want to adopt your baby are easily answered. You are the one who decides on the family who will parent your child, and you can be involved as your child grows up and you watch him raised in a loving and stable home that you choose for him.

If you would like to be sent information on families who match what you are looking for, call 1-800-923-6784 anytime, day or night. We can send information, photos, and even schedule a call for you when you are ready to interview some potential parents for your child.

Heather Featherston
Written by Heather Featherston

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.

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