What does a “Sample Adoption Parenting Plan” Look Like?


In many ways, preparing an Adoption Parenting Plan is akin to you deciding what life you think will be best for your child and then finding the particular family that matches up to your ideals.

What kind of couple do you envision? Have they been married a long time or are they young and newly married? Do they have other children or will this be their first? Do they go to church? Do they go to a specific church? Do they love sports? Do they have pets? Are they college-educated? Do they travel frequently? Will they homeschool? Are they vegan? Do they live in a small town or a big city? How will they discipline?

Then you get to decide which adoption agency would likely have the suitable families for you to peruse for interviews. Do you want to meet the family? Do you want an open, semi-open or closed adoption? Do you want the adoptive family in the room with you when you deliver?

As the birth mother — you get to choose. Even better, you can imagine all the possibilities and then decide a different course altogether. If you want an experienced guide to help you navigate this course, please consider contacting Living Hope Centers today.

Have more questions? Need to talk through your specific situation? That is why we are here. Click here to find a location in your area.

Is Adoption a Parenting Choice?


Making an adoption plan is definitely one way to positively fulfill your role as a parent.

We are not an adoption agency. This means we do not have a list of hopeful adoptive-parents waiting in the wings. What this means for you is that you can truly consider adoption in a pressure-free, judgment-free zone. No matter what your age- no one can make you choose or refuse adoption. Instead, you can take as much time as you need and use LHC as a sounding board. According to Merriam-Webster, a sounding board is “a person or group on whom one tries out an idea or opinion as a means of evaluating it”.

To help you evaluate this idea even further, we have videos and class material to review with you. There may be things you didn’t know about adoption and we have resources from people who have placed children for adoption, stories from adopted children and stories from people who have adopted children — the good, the bad and the ugly.

Have more questions? Need to talk through your specific situation? That is why we are here. Click here to find a location in your area.

Why Opt For The Free Ultrasound?


by Jessica Davis, VP of Operations, White Mountains

Recently, our Ultrasound Director Diane shared an experience she had with a client in the ultrasound room.  “Jane” came to LHC for a pregnancy test and upon the positive finding she was scheduled for a limited obstetrical ultrasound with us.  

Individualized Care

During the intake process and conversation about this appointment, Diane found that the client “Jane “ had experienced at least one miscarriage and two abortions in her past. Being sensitive to that history and how seeing this pregnancy on the monitor might affect her, Diane asked if she knew how far along gestationally she was at the time of her miscarriage and abortions. “Jane” believed one was somewhere between six and eight weeks and the others were at 10 weeks. The reason for asking was that ”Jane” also shared that in all cases she had not seen any of the pregnancies by ultrasound. She miscarried before an ultrasound could be scheduled and was not permitted, had she been so inclined, to see the ultrasound monitor at the time of the abortions.

Sensitive Consideration

Diane spoke with “Jane” about the possibility that the baby seen today could be the same gestational age as one of the other pregnancies, and this may cause her to experience some overwhelming emotions. As the ultrasound study proceeded, Diane found her to be about 8 ½ weeks along in a viable pregnancy. “Jane” told Diane that she understood and confirmed that she really wanted to see this time. Slowly, Diane turned the monitor towards “Jane”. As “Jane” took in the images, Diane explained what she was seeing.

Client-Driven Education

After the ultrasound study “Jane” had questions about fetal development and so Diane took the time to discuss this and show her our fetal models. As they looked and talked about the eight, nine and ten week models, Diane answered every question “Jane” asked. During this discussion, Diane noticed tears in “Jane’s” eyes.

Judgement-free Zone

At that point, Diane briefly discussed whether or not she would like to talk with someone about post-abortion healing.  She explained the class, like all our services, are free and that the curriculum we follow is only taught by a trained Client Advocate who themselves have experienced and healed from one or more abortions. “Jane” thanked Diane for our services and for taking the time to thoughtfully consider how all this information could possibly impact her emotionally.

When you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you deserve a pressure-free place to consider all your options. A trained Client Advocate will ask you many questions in order to provide individualized coaching that best suits your unique situation. We have tools and resources to fully equip you to make the most informed decision regarding this pregnancy and to give you the best possible outcome with whichever decision you make.

You've Got Choices, So Now What? — Parenting


by Mandy Hall, VP of Operations, Phoenix

Why choose us to help you walk through parenting?  If you have decided to parent your child, we are here for you!  We provide Earn-While-You-Learn classes on parenting, finances, boundaries, and the list goes on.  You can earn boutique bucks to spend at our store to get what you need for you and your baby.  We have resources on partners that can help with your kids while you work or go to school.  We can even provide a safe place for you to live and employment through and after your pregnancy (given vacancy), if you are lacking a supportive community.  We help you build your resume, find more permanent employment, a place to live, build a financial nest egg, finish your education, buy a vehicle and furnish your new place of residence.  We aren’t going to tell you that parenting is easy; it’s not, but it is rewarding!  It is life-changing, but it is NOT life-ending!  Honestly, we believe ANYONE who has children needs community and support and that is why we are here.  As parents, we all learn and grow as we experience what it means to be a good mom or dad.  Speaking of dads, we also offer fatherhood classes for those who want to learn how to be there for their kids.  Some of us lack good examples of what parenting looks like and we would love to teach you what we know.  Knowledge is power and you deserve to be empowered!

You've Got Choices, So Now What? — Abortion

by Mandy Hall, VP of Operations, Phoenix

Why choose us to talk with about abortion?  A center that doesn’t perform them has nothing to say on the subject that wouldn’t be full of judgement, right?  Wrong.  The reason we are an excellent resource on the subject of abortion is this: Many women that find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy, understandably panic.  They see it as a crisis.  Often times they feel that abortion or struggles is literally their only choice and when they go in to become educated on the subject, many feel they really don’t have a choice at all.

You've Got Choices, So Now What? — Adoption

by Mandy Hall, VP of Operations, Phoenix

Why choose us to help walk you through thinking about adoption?  Adoption isn’t what it used to be and we want to share with you how it’s changed and what to expect.  We have walked with women through their pregnancies and through the ups and downs of emotions that come with adoption.  Many women see themselves as failures if they choose this option.  In fact, many find it easier to choose to terminate the pregnancy, rather than give up their child.