Adoptive Families Blog

Waiting to Adopt During the Christmas Season

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Dec 18, 2014 9:47:00 AM

Recently on Lifetime Adoption’s Facebook page, we asked past adoptive families “What advice could you give a current adoptive parent who is waiting to adopt through this Christmas season? What encouraged you most when you longed to celebrate Christmas as new parents?” Here’s what people had to say:

“Be patient. Put your trust in God and give it completely to Him. When we finally handed everything over, He provided a baby for our family. Know that there is a baby out there, but you can only receive that blessing in His time.”

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Topics: Waiting to Adopt

Life After Infant Adoption: Settling In

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Dec 16, 2014 12:58:00 PM

Bringing home a new baby is an exciting and joyful time. But with the joy and excitement come the inevitable stressors of parenthood: lack of sleep, lots of laundry, and difficulty doing the most routine of tasks (even finding time for a shower can be tough!). No matter how well you’ve prepared for the arrival of your little one, it can be difficult to find your groove in the midst all the changes that a new baby brings. This is true for both biological and adoptive parents, but infant adoption comes with its own special considerations for settling in.

Most families that adopt have worked for months or years to make their dream of adoption a reality. They have likely spent ample time and money to make this dream come true, as well as taken every step towards creating the ideal environment for a baby. As such, adoptive moms and dads are sometimes surprised that they aren’t perfect parents or completely overjoyed every second of every day once baby comes home. This reality may cause disappointment, guilt, and even depression.

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Topics: Infant adoption

Join Us for an Adoption Q&A Webinar This Thursday!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Dec 15, 2014 12:40:15 PM

Even though it may feel as though this year is already over, there’s still time left to make progress toward goals you’ve had in mind. This can be the year you get one step closer to the child you’ve been longing to adopt. Just keep in touch and let us know how you’re doing with all the research and information you’re considering.

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Topics: adoption Q&A

My Husband and I Want to Adopt a Baby--Now What?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Dec 11, 2014 3:44:00 PM

“Honey, I want to adopt a baby.”

If you’ve ever said these words, or are thinking of saying them, you already know that they pack quite a punch. In the best case scenario, both spouses will be equally interested in adopting and the adoption process can begin immediately. Unfortunately, things aren’t usually that simple. One spouse may not want to adopt under any circumstances. Or maybe he or she just isn’t sure quite yet. No matter either partner’s reasoning for wanting or not wanting to adopt, each viewpoint must be respected.

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Topics: I want to adopt a baby

Baby Adoption or Older Child? Deciding What’s Best for You

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Dec 9, 2014 2:40:00 PM

Families hoping to adopt a newborn or infant are the norm in private adoption, but baby adoption is not the only kind available: adoption is possible throughout a child’s life, no matter his or her age. Private adoption agencies, and especially adoptions done internationally or through the foster care system, have plenty of older children waiting for their forever home.

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Topics: baby adoption

Lifetime Webinar: Founder Mardie Caldwell Answers Adoption Questions

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Nov 24, 2014 1:45:48 AM

Mardie Caldwell is founder of Lifetime Adoption Center, award winning adoption author, and most importantly an adoptive mom. In this webinar you'll hear Mardie share tips and insights from her decades of expertise in adoption, both professionally and personally. Taking questions from adoptive parents in the audience, Mardie covers a variety of popular adoption topics, from embracing open adoption and the blessings it offers all parties involved, and the importance of accurate adoption information and education, to tips for adoptive family profiles and adoption videos, and how to talk with loved ones when they ask questions about your family planning.

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Topics: Adoption webinar

I Was Adopted

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Nov 20, 2014 1:22:50 AM

We love this open adoption quote we found on Open Adoption Open Heart’s Facebook page:

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Topics: Open Adoption

Pray for Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Nov 18, 2014 8:05:58 AM

November is National Adoption Awareness Month! As we celebrate adoption this month, please share this prayer card and send a prayer to all those touched by adoption. We all need the support, no matter what part of the journey we are embarking on.

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Topics: Adoption, Awareness, Adoption prayer, Adoption journey

Join Us this Thursday – Harrison and Rebekah’s Adoption Story

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Nov 17, 2014 8:14:47 AM

Have you been dreaming of that moment when you realize "I am this baby's parent!" as you rock your little one to sleep or change the tenth diaper in a day? Do you imagine what it will be like to meet your baby at the hospital and walk through those tender moments with your child's birthmom?
Have you wondered how you'll feel the first time the baby you will adopt is placed in your arms?

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Topics: Adoption webinar, Adoption journey, Adoption success

Benefits of Open Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Nov 13, 2014 2:27:40 AM

There are many benefits to having an open adoption plan with your baby’s birth mother. One benefit is that the two parties have an opportunity to get to know each other BEFORE the adoption happens.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adopting a child, Adoption success