Lubbock, TX

Lubbock Adoption, Home Studies and More

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Adoption Services for
Birth Parents and Adoptive Families

In the Lubbock, TX area, Lifetime Adoption is ready to provide you with all the information you need regarding modern, open adoption. Lifetime coordinators have been supporting birth mothers and helping adoptive families through the adoption process for over three decades.

Our kind and experienced coordinators provide one-on-one support along with many other resources such as access to articles, webinars, counseling, podcasts, and referrals. As one of the nationwide leaders in domestic, open adoption, Lifetime has a proven history of successful adoptions.

Help for Pregnant Women in Lubbock

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If you face an unexpected pregnancy in Lubbock, TX, and feel confused about what you should do, contact Lifetime Adoption. Just give a call or text to our Lifetime Adoption coordinators 24 hours a day. Open adoption may be an option you have not thought of or may not know much about. At Lifetime Adoption, a coordinator can explain modern, open adoption and help you make an adoption plan. She can also help you get the resources you need.

Adoption is a loving choice for your baby if parenting is not the best option for you. With open adoption, you make the choices for yourself and your baby. You will decide who will adopt your baby, what kind of contact you want in the future, and how things will go at the hospital.

While you are pregnant and up until six weeks after the birth, you may be able to receive assistance for rent, phone, food, transportation to doctor appointments, clothes, and other pregnancy-related expenses if you have chosen to place your baby for adoption. In the Lubbock area, your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will make sure you have access to all the resources and assistance you need.

What if you are struggling to raise your toddler or young children and would like them to have a chance at a different life? Adoption is not only for newborns. Lifetime Adoption has many adoptive families who are excited to grow their families through the adoption of a toddler, older child, sibling group, or special needs child.

We understand that the first call to a Lubbock adoption agency can be hard when a parent decides adoption may be best for their child. When you call or text Lifetime Adoption, you will be connected with an understanding adoption coordinator who is ready to guide you through the adoption process.

Call or text Lifetime Adoption now.

Adoption Agencies in the Lubbock Area
Lifetime Adoption is a nationwide adoption agency, so your adoption coordinator can help you place your newborn, toddler, or young child with a loving adoptive family either in Texas or in a different state. Your coordinator will support you and help you access resources such as:

  • Professional and Peer Counseling
  • Access to Lifetime Adoption family profiles online or through your coordinator
  • Maternity clothes, labor bags, toiletries, and more
  • Seven days a week, 24 hour a day access to adoption coordinators
  • Help with pregnancy-related expenses
  • Additional support after the adoption is final
  • And so much more!
Adoption Counseling in Lubbock
Adoption is an emotional situation, so counseling can be an important part of the adoption process. Speaking to a counselor can help you work through the emotional decision-making processes that come along with the adoption choice. You can receive professional adoption counseling through Lifetime at no charge.

Peer counselors who are birth mothers who have been through the adoption process are also available at no cost. Your peer counselor understands your situation and will offer emotional support and advice.

Maternity Hospitals in Lubbock
Part of your adoption process involves creating a hospital plan. Don’t worry. You don’t have to do this alone. Your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will help you. It will ease any anxiety you may be having when you have a well-thought-out plan about how things will go at the hospital. You can decide things such as:

  • Who would you like in the room with you when you go into labor?
  • Would you like the doctor or one of the adoptive parents to cut the umbilical cord?
  • Who will hold and feed the baby first or the adoptive parents?
  • Do you want to leave the hospital before or after your baby does?

Your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will share your hospital plan with the hospital staff and adoptive family. Everyone will understand your wishes.

In the Lubbock area, the hospitals with labor and delivery services is:

Covenant Health

Grace Clinic

UMC Health System

Your hospital plan is important but don’t worry if you change your mind about any of your choices or if anything unexpected happens. Lifetime Adoption coordinators are very experienced and can help work through any situation.

More Helpful Resources for Pregnant Women in Lubbock
Life can be complicated sometimes, especially if you are dealing with an unexpected pregnancy. If you are unsure what to do next, Lifetime Adoption coordinators can help to connect you with resources and information. This can help you make the right decisions about your pregnancy for yourself and your baby. It is important to consider your choices from a place of stability and not from a place of panic.

If you are in a domestic violence situation or are experiencing homelessness, you need to find safe housing first of all. Here are some resources for women’s shelters in Lubbock and the surrounding area:

Women’s Protective Services

Family Promise of Lubbock

Open Door

If you are pregnant now or the mother of young children and hunger is an issue you are struggling with, the WIC program is a resource for you. WIC stands for Women, Infants, and Children and provides an EBT card to purchase healthy food such as fruit, eggs, milk, whole grains, cheese, and vegetables. They can also offer referrals to local services. Learn more by visiting their website:

WIC – in Lubbock, TX

It is important to find a treatment center if you are struggling with addiction. It is important to have professionals that can offer options for your addictions, such as addiction to prescription drugs or opiates. It can be dangerous to abruptly stop using drugs, especially if you are pregnant. A treatment center will be able to offer medications (like methadone and suboxone) along with counseling to help you get well. These medications can help you slowly wean off opiates in a safe manner for you and your baby. The counseling will also help you deal with your addiction. Here are a few resources in Lubbock:

Lubbock Lighthouse

StarCare

A Lifetime Adoption coordinator will help you with any other additional resources you are in need of and provide confidential help with any issues or concerns you have. We can help with pregnancy verification, maternity clothes, prenatal care, transportation, rent, and more. Call or text today.

How to Start the Adoption Process in Lubbock

So you feel adoption is the right choice, now how do you get started? It’s easy. Just call or text Lifetime Adoption and speak with a coordinator or fill out the contact form online. Your coordinator will make sure you have access to the resources you need and that you fully understand the adoption process. A Lifetime coordinator will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer any questions or concerns you have.

You can view Lifetime Adoptive family profiles online, and your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will send you some in-depth profiles of adoptive families that match your preferences. You can also view personal letters, watch video messages, and when you find a family or families you are interested in, you can connect with them.

To view Lifetime Adoptive family profiles online, click here. Every birth parent knows what is important to them in an adoptive family for their baby. You may want a family that lives in the city or country, a family that puts an emphasis on education, a family with other children or without. It is up to you.

Give us a call or text to get started.

Other Paths to Adoption in Lubbock
Sometimes parents go through a rough patch but feel they can get back on track. If you believe your current situation will improve soon and you will be able to parent in the near future, foster care could be an option. This choice may be made for you if your baby is born showing signs of exposure to substances. The Texas Department of Families and Protective Services may place your baby in this situation.

In foster care situations, you will probably not be able to choose who your baby is placed with or what contact you can have when this happens.

Another option is kinship or relative adoption. If you have a family member who is interested in adopting your child, they can apply to adopt. This can be a really good solution, but there are pros and cons. Kinship adoption can strain the relationships in a family, and there can be boundary issues as well.

Talk over all the pros and cons of each choice with a Lifetime coordinator or a counselor.

Adopting in Lubbock

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Are you in the Lubbock, TX area and are thinking about growing your family through adoption? If you are considering the adoption of a newborn or a child up to the age of six, you can reach out to us at 727-493-0933.

Contact your adoption coordinators at Lifetime Adoption with your questions about how open adoption works.

Matching birth parents with adoptive parents is what our highly experienced and caring adoption coordinators are experts at. With bountiful adoption resources and materials available, you will have access to educational resources, professional referrals, and one-on-one support. These resources will help your adoption dreams come true.

If you are in the Lubbock area and would like more information, please fill out our free online adoption application for more information.

Begin the Adoption Process

Let’s start your adoption journey started! Simply fill out our Lifetime Adoption online application. Once complete, the application will be reviewed, and then you will be contacted by a Lifetime Adoption coordinator. Filling out the application does not obligate you in any way, and, in addition, it is free. It will give you the opportunity to find out more about the open adoption process.

Adoption Attorneys in Lubbock
Depending on where your birth mother is located, your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will refer an adoption attorney to you in the appropriate state. Since every state has its own adoption laws, your coordinator will make sure you know where you need your legal representative, who will file all legal paperwork and schedule the necessary finalization hearing.
Home Study Services in Lubbock
Every state requires a home study when adopting. Your Lifetime coordinator will put you in touch with a Lubbock home study service social worker.

Your home study will require fingerprinting for a background check, and you will need to provide the following:

  • Present a marriage certificate as proof of marital status.
  • Medical Statement from your doctor that you are healthy both mentally and physically
  • Financial and Employment Statements, such as pay stubs and tax documents
  • Three written character references from friends or associates

Three written character references from friends or associates

The home study process is mandatory for adoption in every state. This involves a home study social worker who will visit your home and interview everyone that lives in the home. Her job is to confirm your home is safe for a baby. She will want to know what your parenting beliefs are and your views on marriage and family. Your social worker will also conduct mandatory follow-up visits with you after you take your baby home.

Finalization of Adoption at Court

In Texas, adoption law mandates that the birth mother must wait 48 hours after the birth before legally signing the adoption papers. Once the baby is placed in the adoptive parent’s custody for at least six months, the home study social worker will schedule five post-placement visits. A finalization hearing at the courthouse will be scheduled when these visits are complete to finalize the adoption.

Finalization will occur at your local Lubbock County District Courthouse. Once the judge confirms your adoption documents are in order, and your home study is complete, a judge will issue the final adoption decree. Time to celebrate!

Other Paths to Adoption

Lubbock International Adoption Agencies

Another adoption option you may be considering is international adoption. This will generally involve the adoption of an older child, toddler, or special needs baby. Take time to research the different international adoption agencies to be sure they have a successful history of adoption in the country of your choice. The political climate, laws, and social norms are different for every country and can affect the adoption process.

Some agencies that specialize in international adoption:

Adopt International

Holt International

Across the World Adoptions

Foster Care Adoption
Adoption through the Texas foster care program is another option to consider in Lubbock. Just contact the Texas Adoption Resource Exchange, which will provide you with all the information you need to know about the foster-to-adopt process and requirements.

To qualify to be a Texas foster parent, you will need to:

  • Must complete a home study.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Complete the required foster-to-adopt application.
  • Provide several character references from friends and/or coworkers.
  • Provide financial documents to prove you are stable and responsible.
  • Provide information about your background and lifestyle.
  • Complete the mandatory background check, which includes an abuse/neglect check on all adults living in the household.
  • Attend required training, which is free that includes issues regarding adopting children who have been neglected or abused, along with parenting instruction.

Another great resource for foster-to-adopt is AdoptUSKids. You can view children hoping to be adopted in the Lubbock foster care system and other states.

 

 
 

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