Deciding to place your baby for adoption is a big decision. Even if you feel like it’s something God is leading you to do, you don’t need to make this decision on your own. Besides talking to a close friend, your pastor, or a family member, consider talking to a licensed counselor before making this decision.
God doesn’t want you to walk through this alone. If you choose adoption, it’s good to know there are people who can help you throughout the process.
How does Lifetime Adoption help?
At Lifetime Adoption, supporting birth mothers is a big priority. We can provide you with online resources and a long list of other things, including:
- Assistance with pregnancy-related expenses (depending on your state)
- Profiles of adoptive parents to choose from
- Maternity clothing
- 24/7 help via text or phone
- Peer counseling
- Professional counseling
- Referral to an adoption attorney
These things are provided through Lifetime Adoption at no cost to you. We never charge birth mothers any fees before, during, or after their baby’s adoption.
How does Lifetime provide birth mother counseling?
As you consider whether you should place your baby for adoption, it’s important that you get emotional support. It’s a hard decision to make. No doubt, you’ll have many questions about the process.
The caring adoption coordinators at Lifetime are well-trained and experienced in helping birth mothers. They have years of experience walking with them all the way through the process to completing the adoption. They’re available 24/7 to answer questions or to just listen. Just call or text Lifetime Adoption at 1-800-923-6784.
Does Lifetime provide licensed counselors?
Placing your child for adoption is an emotional experience. Most birth mothers say they experienced stages of grief. You may struggle with your decision, wondering if you shouldn’t place your child for adoption.
These are normal feelings and shouldn’t be ignored. Lifetime Adoption will happily connect you to a licensed counselor at no charge.
Lifetime Adoption offers a third-party counselor to every birth mother who requests counseling. Lifetime Adoption doesn’t employ the licensed counselor. In other words, they won’t have a vested interest in whether you follow through with placing your child for adoption.
It’s entirely your decision, and the counselor won’t try to sway you either way. Instead, their goal is to help you process the intense emotions you’re feeling and help you find peace no matter what your decision. They can also help you cope with stress, grief, and other feelings you have as you go through the adoption process.
What about peer support?
As you process your decision about placing your child for adoption, you may find it helpful to talk to another birth mother who’s been through adoption.
If you’d like to connect with someone like this, Lifetime has a Peer Support Program. This program is made up of women who have placed their children for adoption. They understand what you’re feeling because they’ve been through it themselves. A peer counselor can tell you what to expect and share what they went through. Click here to get started in connecting with one of them.
You’re not alone
If you feel like adoption is the right path for you and your child, remember, you’re not alone. Many other women have chosen this path, and they can walk with you throughout this process.
Deciding whether adoption is right for you is an emotional time. So it’s important that you don’t push down your feelings or pretend like everything is okay. If you ignore your feelings, it can affect you down the road.
Get the help you need
Lifetime Adoption has been helping birth mothers get through the adoption process since 1986. If you feel like God is leading you to place your child for adoption, He’ll be there for you. He often uses people who want to help you. Using an adoption agency like Lifetime Adoption gives you access to a licensed counselor and peer counselor support.
At Lifetime Adoption, an adoption coordinator is available 24/7 to speak with you. They will answer any of your questions and provide you with any resources you need. So if you need help, contact Lifetime Adoption today by calling or texting
As the Vice President (VP) 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.