Frequently Asked Questions About Adoption
Do you have questions about the adoption process as a birth parent? Below you’ll find answers to questions frequently asked about domestic adoption by pregnant women and mothers considering adoption. If you don’t find the answers to your questions, please contact us and we’ll answer any questions you have.
Is your baby’s mother considering adoption? Take a look at our Birth Father Questions.
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Questions About Lifetime Adoption
Why choose Lifetime Adoption?
I’ve been working with another adoption agency but would like to switch to Lifetime. What do I do?
Questions About Adoption in General
Why would I give my baby away?
Why choose adoption?
Is it selfish to consider adoption?
Is open adoption safe & legal?
What is Open or Semi Open Adoption?
What is the adoption process like if I’m pregnant?
So what’s the next step?
What is the adoption process like if my child is already born?
What is the adoption process like if I call from the hospital or if I just delivered my baby?
Adoption or abortion: What’s the right choice?
Are there any costs to me?
Can I get help with my expenses?
What age range are most of your birth mothers?
What if I go into labor, can you work with me from the hospital?
I’m worried that I will regret choosing adoption. How do I know if adoption is the right choice for my baby and me?
Some of my friends say I should keep my baby and that children belong with their birth parents, what should I do?
I am a single parent and facing a prison sentence of quite a few years. Can you help me find adoptive parents for my children, even though they are not newborns?
My parents are kicking me out of the house because I am pregnant. Do you have a home for mothers or a place for me to go?
Is there counseling available for me in my home state?
How long do I have to decide?
I’ve used drugs during my pregnancy. Is adoption an option for my baby?
Is there help for me after the adoption?
Do I have to meet with an adoption counselor in person?
I’m hiding my pregnancy. Is adoption confidential?
What if I change my mind about the adoption?
Questions About the Adoptive Families
How are adoptive families screened?
If I don’t see a family on the site that meets my needs, do you have other families to select from?
Can I select a family from a state other than my own?
How soon can I see waiting couples or match with an adoptive family?
How do I use the Lifetime site to find a family? Once I do, how do I contact them?
Once you see a couple you’d like to learn more about, you can click on their names and read a quick overview of who they are, what they like, and where they live. Their web page might even include a video!
After finding an adoptive family you like, you might want to talk to them and learn more. Scroll to the bottom of their website, and you will see boxes for you to fill out with your contact information and a place to leave a note if you would like. The information you submit goes to one of our Adoption Coordinators, who will reach out to you ASAP, to hear more about you and what you’re looking for in a family.
Once you do the necessary steps, your coordinator will reach out to your first-choice family and let them know that you are interested in talking to them and getting to know them better.
Could I meet the adoptive parents?
I noticed some of the adoptive couples only want a girl or a boy. Why?
How soon after birth is the baby placed with the adoptive family?
What kind of adoptive parents can I choose from to adopt my child?
Will the parents I choose want to adopt my baby?
What if I want to choose the parents who adopt my baby, but don’t feel comfortable keeping in touch later on?
How do I know my baby will be safe with the adoptive couple?
Questions About Me and the Father
I am married and the father of the baby is not my husband. Can you help?
I’ve been dating the father of my baby. Wouldn’t it be better if we just got married and tried to raise the child together even if I don’t love him?
Does my baby’s father have a say?
Questions About My Baby or Child
Can I see my baby in the hospital?
Can my family see the baby and receive updates too?
Can I ever see my child again?
Do you have families that are interested in older children or sibling groups?
What if my child has a disability or medical problem, do you have adoptive families available? I don’t want my child put into foster care, can you help?
My child has been removed from my home and is in foster care now, but my rights have not been terminated. Can I still work with your program and find a family to adopt my child?
My baby will be African American-do you have black families available?
Will my baby go to foster care before going to the adoptive parents I choose?
I don’t have U.S. citizenship and I’m an undocumented immigrant. Can I still make an adoption plan for my baby?
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