Thinking about adoption for your baby or child? We realize that this isn’t an easy decision to make. But, know that you’re in the “driver’s seat” when you make a modern adoption plan.
With modern adoption, you’re able to speak with several potential adoptive parents for your baby. Lifetime Christian Adoption has a large variety of faith-filled adoptive families for you to select from. In modern adoption, you’re able to stay in touch with the adoptive family and your child.
Here are the top 10 do’s and don’ts to follow if you’re thinking about adoption:
1. Do recognize that all of our Christian adoptive parents have passed background checks and were pre-screened by a social worker. Each couple is dedicated to the adoption process and so excited to become parents.
2. Don’t feel like you have to choose the first adoptive family you speak with. You’ll know it when you’ve found the adoptive family that’s right for you; something just “clicks.” It might mean you talk with a few families before you find the right one for your baby.
3. Do get tips on when’s the best time to tell your baby’s father and your family that you’re considering adoption for your baby. Read: “How to Tell People You’re Choosing Adoption.”
4. Don’t feel like you have to hurry and decide right now if adoption’s best for you. You can make an adoption plan any time after your baby has been born. It’s never too late to choose adoption. Since this is such a big decision, it’s best to take your time. Lifetime has even helped women make an adoption plan when their child is several years old.
5. Do get counseling if you need it. Lifetime Christian Adoption can connect you with a licensed counselor, at no cost to you. You’re also able to chat with a peer counselor. Our peer counselors are other women, who have been in your shoes and chose adoption for their child.
6. Don’t worry about what other people think. There might be people in your life who are against you even considering adoption for your baby. They’ll say that you have to raise your baby. Here are some tips on how to reply to people who disagree with your decision.
7. Do prepare some questions to ask the adoptive couple when you speak with them. Creating a list will allow you to make sure to ask about topics which are important to you, such as faith. Take a look at these tips for what to ask adoptive families.
8. Don’t feel obligated to choose an adoptive couple because they’ve been waiting a long time to become parents. After all, this is your life and your baby.
9. Do realize that if you chat with an adoptive couple and decide they’re not right for you, Lifetime can break this news to the couple for you.
10. Don’t feel like you’re selfish for considering adoption. Actually, adoption is one of the most thoughtful decisions you could ever make for your child. By choosing adoption, you’re choosing life. It takes maturity to realize that love is not enough to give a child what they need to thrive and grow.