In 1981, John Carr was clipping coupons from the newspaper when he saw an article in the Birmingham News telling of Wales Goebel’s desire to open a pro-life, Christian adoption agency. Immediately after meeting with Mr. Goebel, John Carr quit his job and began the unenviable task of writing Lifeline’s manual and submitting the application for licensure to the State of Alabama. The Alabama Department of Human Resources (then called the Department of Pensions and Security) issued Lifeline’s child-placing agnecy license on September 29, 1981.

1981

-Wales Goebel & John Carr founded Lifeline Children’s Services

1983

-First domestic adoption

-First annual Lifeline Family Reunion

1984

-First Maternity Home opens in Thorsby, AL

1989

-Lifeline joins NCFA

1992

-Maternity Home moves to Pell City, AL at the bequest of 40 acres donated to Lifeline

-Adoption 399 & 400

1994

-Hank Erwin raises money through a run around the Sea of Galilie

1995

-Adoption 500

2000

-International Adoption Program begins in China

-First China adoption

-Lifeline Village adds a Long-Term Care Home and an additional 40 acres

2001

-Lifeline Director is invited to White House to discuss national adoption legislation with President George W. Bush

2001

-Congressman Spencer Bachus commemorates the signing of the Adoption Tax increase established by a bill he co-sponsored on the lawn at Lifeline

2001

-Lifeline featured on Hallmark Channel’s “Adoption Story”

-Adoption 700 & 701

2002

-Lifeline helps to establish the Alabama Adoption Coalition (AAC) and becomes a founding member

2003

-Lifeline expands International Program to Ukraine

-First Ukraine adoption

2004

-Lifeline expands International Program to Guatemala

2006

-Domestic Adoption 800

2007

-Lifeline expands International Program to Peru

2008

-Lifeline helps in founding and becomes a member of the National Christian Adoption Fellowship

-Lifeline expands International Program to Uganda

2009

-Domestic Adoption 900

2010

-Lifeline expands International Program to Costa Rica, Hungary, and Pakistan