Adoptive Families Blog

Here's What You Need to Know on the Adoption Home Study

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 22, 2017

If you've just started to explore domestic infant adoption, you might be wondering 'what is a home study, anyway? Should I have the biggest and nicest home on the block?'

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Topics: Adoption Home Study, Home study

Adoption Stories Then and Now - Brent and Latonia

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 20, 2017

Today, Lifetime Adoption is sharing another adoptive couple's story in our blog series “Then and Now.” Our Lifetime adoptive family today is Brent and Latonia from West Virginia.

They have been blessed twice through adoption: they adopted their daughter Georgia through Lifetime in 2012, and recently welcomed a baby boy, Judah!

As they started their second adoption journey with us, they shared, "We've already been blessed once through adoption (with Lifetime!), welcoming our daughter to our family of three in 2012. We don't feel our family is quite yet complete and strongly believe God is calling us to adopt again. We are already so blessed with two great kids and want to be a loving option for a birth mom."

Read about their journey to adoption, their cherished experiences and inspirations!

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Topics: adoption stories, Infant adoption, Adoption story, Lifetime Babies, infertility to adoption,, adopt a baby, then and now

"We're so grateful for Lifetime and ALL you do!"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 18, 2017

Words cannot express the joy and grateful hearts of Phillip and Jennifer when they received "the call." Here is a sweet note from this Lifetime adoptive couple who recently adopted their baby boy! Little Jack is a miracle in so many ways. 

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, reviews of Lifetime Adoption, adopt a baby, reviews of Lifetime Adoptions, domestic infant adoption

How to Know When You Need Counseling During Your Adoption Journey

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 15, 2017

During your adoption journey, you might find that you need additional help to work through some of the emotions that come up. Seeking the help of a licensed counselor can be a valuable tool because it allows you to learn methods for how to cope, react, or address the challenges and feelings you're encountering.

Here are just a few examples of situations where past adoptive couples have gotten counseling:

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Topics: adoption counseling, Adoption journey, Waiting to Adopt, how to handle the adoption wait, marriage counseling

How to Plan for Life After the Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 13, 2017

Now is the time to prepare for the emotions and challenges that will accompany the joys and delights of parenthood through adoption. Today, Lifetime shares 11 things that you can do now, so you're ready for what the future holds!

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt

The Top 8 Things Successful Adoptive Parents Have in Common

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 11, 2017

Part 8

Today, we're sharing the final part of Lifetime Adoption's 8-part blog series, How to Be Successful in Domestic Infant Adoption. With this series, we hope to help you in learning how you can successfully adopt a baby with a shorter adoption wait!

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Topics: Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Adoption journey, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, adopt a baby, how to handle the adoption wait, adoption webinars, how to be successful in domestic infant adoption

"Can We Adopt a Baby Who Lost His Parents in the Hurricane?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 8, 2017

We recently saw a heartbreaking Hurricane Harvey story in the news about a mother who rescued her toddler, but did not survive herself. This is just one instance of the tragedy in Houston with Hurricane Harvey. 

These tragic stories often spark interest from those hoping to adopt, wondering how they can help the children who lost homes and family. Lifetime has been asked questions such as "how do we adopt the babies or children who lost parents in the recent hurricanes?"  Keep reading to learn if this type of adoption is possible, as well as how you can help!

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, I want to adopt a baby, adopt a baby, domestic infant adoption, Hurricane Harvey and domestic adoption, children who lost parents in Hurricane Harvey, natural disaster and adoption, children orphaned by Hurricane Harvey

Valuable Book Review of Called to Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 6, 2017

Many Christian couples are realizing the need to step forward in faith and adopt a baby or child. Our Founder Mardie Caldwell's book Called to Adoption is an amazing, information-packed resource for those who wish to learn more about the miracle of families created through adoption.

If you're thinking about domestic infant adoption, such a useful book is indispensable! Today, Lifetime is sharing one adoptive mother's book review of this Christian adoption book:

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Topics: Adoption, Adoption Questions, Christian Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption Book, Adopting a Baby, Called to Adoption, books about adoption, domestic infant adoption, Christian adoption book

Procrastinating During Your Wait? Tips on How to Act Now

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 4, 2017

Does any of this sound familiar?

Are you going to start going to the gym?
Our adoption paperwork is taking all my time now. I’ll use our gym membership after we adopt.

Honey, should we talk to a counselor?
Let’s do that after we adopt. Counseling is expensive, and we need to save the money for the adoption right now.

Do you plan to take a vacation this year?
No, we’re going somewhere after we adopt. We’re trying to save up all the paid time off that we can get at work.

Should we get life insurance?
Let’s do that after we adopt…there’s no point in getting it right now.

When are you going to quit smoking?
After we adopt.

Have you found a new church?
We’ll look around after we adopt and have a new baby to bring along.

“After we adopt” is probably the biggest excuse we’ve heard in our 30 years in the adoption field. It’s used as a reason for procrastinating on something that people know they should do. Some are anxious that it may get in the way of their adoption plans. Read on as we share how you can avoid procrastination during your wait, and act now!

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Topics: Adoption journey, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, how to handle the adoption wait

5 Things to Do for Your Adoption this Labor Day Weekend

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 1, 2017

Many of us look forward to Labor Day, a hassle-free day away from work. This national holiday, held on the first Monday each September, marks the end of summer. Since you’ll have a three-day weekend, why not spend part of your Labor Day working towards your adoption? It will bring you one step closer to realizing your dreams of adopting!

Keep reading to get ideas on how you can use Labor Day to put a check mark next to many of your adoption to-do list items!

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Topics: Adoption process, Adoption journey, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, adoption video,, how to handle the adoption wait