Be Careful with This Company
I would not recommend this company. International adoption is already a long, tedious, and painful process and this company does not pay attention or even try to understand the families they are working with. From the beginning of our adoption process we have told Lifeline we hoped for younger children and they have not listened. We have been in the process of international adoption for 5 years now and paid almost $20.000. When we started the process we told lifeline we would like 2-3 years olds (2 children) they asked us to push our acceptable ages up to 3-5 which we did. Now we have waited for several years and instead of 3-5 year olds they would like us to take children 8-10 year's old (this is older than our bio kids and we have said from the beginning keeping our bio oldest the oldest is very important to us. Another example of them not listening or understanding our family.) We expressed our frustrations to our Case worker with lifeline and she had us talk to the program director who oversees all of their adoptions. He listened, seemed empathetic and told us he would look into what other options were available. It has been 2 weeks since he has responded to our emails or phone calls. I find this highly unprofessional and extremely discouraging. Please be careful if you choose to try adopting through this company.
Horrible agency for the birth parent
This agency is all about lies to get girls to give their child up. Then they love to not follow what they say is in contract or lose papers. Read the other two reviews and wish I could get in touch with them. I am assuming there are a lot of others out there too. If there are any others that have experienced a bad time I ask you to email me. Maybe we can have a support system and talk to each other to help each other heal. My email is user name at yahoo dot com. Not sure it will let me put email up but here is a try firstname.lastname@example.org
I too am a birth mother who used Lifeline. I told the social worker I was assigned to that I was just exploring my options and not saying I was going to do this for sure. Once I found out some about adoption, I told her that I was going to parent. She insisted on still meeting with me and discussing adoption and other options. She made me feel as though I was totally incapable of raising my daughter. She gave me reasons as to why I would be a bad mother, and for some reason, I believed her. So I decided to go forth with adoption. One of my stipulations was that it would be an open adoption. Not happening. I was paid off with a $20 gift card and flowers. I found out after it was too late that there were other options that I had if I had chosen to parent-as I was told there were none. Lifeline conducts themselves unethically. They don't care about the birth mothers. Since having my daughter, my social worker has only contacted me bc I sent emails to her. She never reached out to see how I was doing or tried to counsel me while pregnant about the psychological damage I would have afterwards.
I am a birthmother who placed through Lifeline. I found that they promise good maternity care but put you on Medicaid. They promise they won't pressure you, but they do, particularly if your baby is healthy and white. They promise letters and pictures, but don't deliver. They never told me about open adoption or the option of having my own attorney to represent my interests. They promise lifelong counseling but find a reason not to provide it. I feel like Lifeline is all smoke and mirrors. It's been five years and I feel like they care about the bottom line and I feel treated like a babymaking machine. I am not surprised that Christian adopters love Lifeline.