Thursday, July 10, 2008

Frequently Asked Questions About Adoption


Do you have questions about the adoption process? Below you'll find answers to many common questions about adoption that other pregnant women have had. Perhaps you will find answers to your questions here as well. Speak to a caring professional now by calling Lifetime Adoption at 1-800-923-6784.

1. What is Open or Semi Open Adoption?

In open adoption, you may choose the adoptive family yourself, rather than having an agency make this choice. Lifetime provides a nationwide selection of loving families who are waiting to adopt. You may also decide on the amount of contact you wish to have. Some women want letters and photos, others want visits or phone calls after the adoption, and some want no contact at all. You may choose the family that best meets your needs and those of your child, or if you prefer, we can select a family for you.

2. Why choose Lifetime Adoption Center?

Regardless of your decision to parent or choose adoption, you’ll receive personal, compassionate attention. We care about you and your child and provide free, ongoing guidance. We have licensed counselors available to help with your adoption decision and sort out feelings you may have. Lifetime Adoption can also refer you to qualified and sensitive physicians, childbirth educators, maternity clothing, housing, and public assistance.

3. Are there any costs to me?

There is no cost to you as a birth parent. Adoptive parents pay for legal fees, reasonable pregnancy-related expenses, medical bills not covered by insurance, consulting, and counseling fees. If you have state or private medical insurance, the adoptive parents may be able to pay any portions unpaid by insurance, such as co-payments. Payment of living expenses can only begin after you have filled out the required forms, selected the adoptive parents, and have both agreed to go forward with an adoption plan.

4. What if I go into labor and have not made an adoption plan?

You can call Lifetime Adoption directly from the hospital. We can have a family available for you within hours. In most states, the adoptive family will be able to take the baby home from the hospital, avoiding foster care. This way, your baby can start bonding with their adoptive family right away. We are open for emergencies on all weekends, holidays, and throughout the night.

5. How do I know this is a safe family for my child?

Lifetime screens and pre-qualifies all the adoptive families that are working with us. A licensed social worker will do a detailed home study evaluation and visit the adoptive family’s home. This home study evaluation includes a background check, medical evaluations, financial and FBI screening. You can be assured that your baby will be raised in a loving and safe family environment. If you wish, you can speak personally to families and decide whom you feel you want to adopt and raise your child.

6. What if my child is older, can I make an adoption plan?

We have loving families seeking children of all ages and races. It is our policy not to separate siblings, so we work hard to find just the right family for you to interview for the adoption. You will be able to decide on the type of contact you wish after the placement.

7. What if my child has a disability or medical problem, are there adoptive families available? I don’t want to put my child into foster care.

Yes, there are adoptive families that are prepared and trained to parent a special needs baby or child. Just call Lifetime Adoption at 1-800-923-6784 and receive details on how to get started. There is a home for every child.

8. My baby will be African American-do you have black families available?

With infertility on the rise, more childless African American and bi-racial couples are turning to the Internet for adoption to build their families. Visit AfricanAmericanAdoptionsOnline.com to view waiting adoptive families that are African American and bi-racial. You can read about the lifestyle of these prospective families and view their photos before speaking to them on the phone.