TENANT SPOTLIGHT: Lifeline Children’s Services

We love showcasing the remarkable work of our tenants, but rarely do they hit as close to home as Lifeline Children’s Services.  Lifeline Children’s Services is a full-service adoption agency specializing in domestic and international adoption, and post adoption services. Their main focus is on the interest of the child.

Lifeline has provided adoption services for Derek Waltchack’s family for not one, but two beautiful little girls from different regions of China. “Lifeline was truly a ‘lifeline’ helping us navigate the often times unpredictable waters of international adoption.  They also did a great job both preparing us and being there with us once we got home with our babies.  We will be forever grateful to Lifeline, as they brought two little miracles to the Waltchack Family.

Check out our interview with Lifeline below to learn more about how they manage to bring hope and love to so many families around the world.

Years in Business: Lifeline was founded in 1981 here in Birmingham. At that time, we were all in one small office. Since then, Lifeline has grown and now has offices in 12 states and partners all over the world. Our Birmingham office, managed by Shannon Waltchack, is the headquarters for our domestic adoption and foster care programs.

In a sentence or two, tell the readers a little bit about your business: What makes your business unique? Lifeline Children’s Services is a full-service adoption and orphan care ministry, serving families and children in the United States and around the globe.  We began as a domestic adoption ministry, caring for women walking through unplanned pregnancies, and now, by God’s grace, have started International adoption, foster care, orphan care, and counseling ministries. Our mission statement at Lifeline is that we exist to equip the body of Christ to manifest the Gospel to vulnerable children.

What is the wildest thing that has ever happened on your property? When we have a domestic adoption at our office, we place the baby in a white cradle in our counseling room so that the family can meet their baby for the first time. When the family walks out as new, proud parents, our whole staff is standing along the walls of the hallway and applauds the family as they walk through.

What do you enjoy most about your business? I get to see the Lord answer BIG prayers in BIG ways every day. We start our day every morning in a time of prayer. We pray for couples to come to Lifeline willing to travel across the world to adopt an orphan with severe special needs. The incredible thing is, we have families who do this. We pray for couples to become foster parents with a heart to minister to children and their birth families. And day after day I receive calls with families who have that exact desire. It really is incredible how God answers prayer.

Any interesting company facts? In 2014, 95 children found gospel centered homes through foster care, 1,500 orphans were impacted globally through our orphan care ministry, 199 birth mothers received counseling, and 384 children were placed in forever families through adoption.

What makes Shannon Waltchack stand out from other Commercial Real Estate firms? As a ministry where we are constantly pouring ourselves into our clients, and it is wonderful the way that Shannon Waltchack pours into us. When we have maintenance requests, the men who come are friendly and ask sincerely how things are going. The staff is always so considerate and willing to help.

The Lifeline ministry continues because of the generosity of individuals and organizations supporting them. If you would like more information about Lifeline or how to support their ministries, please visit

SW Principal Andrew Patterson, CCIM serves on the Lifeline Leadership Board. “Our firm has a long-standing relationship with Lifeline Children Services and we are thrilled to be a small part in helping them fulfill their mission,”

Lifeline Children’s Services is a full-service adoption agency specializing in domestic and international adoption, and post adoption services. Their main focus is on the interest of the child.

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by Suzanne Echols