We pray our clients will find Lifeline Children’s Services to be uniquely different and truly genuine. Our aim is to always minister to those whom we come into contact with the love of Christ. Our attempt is to create an adoption experience that is different, honest, affordable, and straightforward. We don’t pass the costs or the heartache of failed adoptions on to the families.
One of the many ways we seek to spare families from undue agony associated with failed adoptions is through our infant care providers. In most cases, Lifeline places children, lovingly placed by birthmothers for adoption, first into one of the homes of our cherished volunteer infant care providers. The child will remain in this loving home until the child is placed into their adoptive home. We seek to do this as soon as possible–adoptive couples and Lifeline (including our attorney) work together to determine the safest time legally to do this. The time frame varies depending on many factors. (If you are pregnant and are considering adoption for your child, please fell free to ask questions and share any desires you have about this subject.)
Lifeline Children’s Services has many volunteer families who serve as a temporary home for infants awaiting adoptive placement or a safe haven for children whose parents need temporary help with their parenting. Our infant care providers have many years of experience in child care. In addition, they all have a profound love for children and a commitment to ensure the well-being of every child under their care. It is a true peace of mind for parents to know that their children were cared for in such a caring way from the minute they were brought home from the hospital.
We recruit families who have the ability for a parent to stay at home with the infants or who might work no more than 3 days a week with family care for those days. All families agree with our doctrinal statement and have had a Lifeline social worker complete a home tour and thorough study of their home. Also, all families have completed the state mandated GPS training conducted by Lifeline Children’s Services which is a 10 week / 30 hour course designed to prepare families for fostering, loving, caring and providing for minor children.
Our infant care providers are a tight knit group of families that encourage and support each other. Lifeline mothers have quarterly luncheons and work together as an integral team in the adoption process. Each mother keeps a baby book for the adoptive couple that is presented to the couple on adoption day. Along with this baby book, they also send pictures, medical records, etc. to the adoptive families. Our infant care providers unconditionally love the children whom they feel they are called to nurture. As a result of their investment in the lives of women, families, and children, many Lifeline parents remain in contact with the adoptive families and children. Lifeline hosts a Lifeline family reunion annually in the fall for all Lifeline families. During this time, the infant care providers enjoy catching up with their special children.
Lifeline’s infant care providers are truly committed individuals and know that God has called them to minister to families, children, and women. In August of 2003 Cheryl Walker and the late Ray Walker celebrated the precious gift of caring for their 100th child in their Birmingham home.
If you would like more information on how our infant care program works or more information on adoption please don’t hesitate to contact us.