Adoptive Families Blog

4 Simple Ways to Know If You're Ready to Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 20, 2018

Are you thinking about adopting a baby or child? Before you begin pursuing adoption, it's important to determine if you're truly ready. Also known as "adoption readiness," it can seem like a tricky thing to pinpoint yourself. Many couples wonder how to know when's the right time to stop trying for a biological child and start the adoption process.

So today, Lifetime is sharing four simple ways to know whether you're ready to adopt:

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Topics: Open Adoption, infertility to adoption,, adoption readiness, adopt a baby, miscarriage, ready to adopt

When Making Your Adoption Profile, Avoid These 4 Things

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 18, 2018

If you're reading this, you already know that your adoption profile is an essential part of how you present yourselves to birth mothers. It's the first impression she gets of you, your lives, and what you have to offer her child. Last week, we shared how to harness the power of your adoption profile

Today, Lifetime is talking about what to avoid putting in your adoption profile. Keep reading to learn the top 4 profile don'ts!

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Topics: Adoption profile, birth mothers seeking families, adoption match, adoption profiles, adoption profile tips

How to Know When You Need Counseling During Your Adoption Wait

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 16, 2018

During your adoption wait, you might find that you need extra help to work through some of the emotions that arise. Seeking help from a licensed adoption counselor can be an invaluable tool in learning ways of coping, reacting, or addressing some of the challenges and feelings.

Please know that there's no "wrong" reason for seeking adoption counseling services when you're waiting to adopt. After all, the wait can be stressful and filled with anxious highs and disappointing lows. 

Here are a few examples of scenarios for which previous adoptive families have sought adoption counseling services:

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

7 of the Most-Asked Questions About Open Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 13, 2018

Most birth parents today seek some form of open adoption, and many adoptive parents do too. Once you've adopted and are joyfully living out your open adoption story, you may get questioned by those who are unfamiliar with the concept, asking "how does open adoption work?" 

Lifetime is sharing 7 of the most frequently-asked open adoption questions adoptive parents might hear about their relationship with their child’s birth parents. Plus, we're providing the answers to these questions, too!

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Open Adoption, open adoption visits, what is open adoption like?, is open adoption co-parenting?, open adoption questions

Did You Know That There's an Adoption Symbol?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 11, 2018

Those who have been blessed by adoption want to honor their journey in a meaningful way. Many have used the symbol of adoption  to share their love for open adoption. As you can see in this image, the adoption symbol is a triangle interwoven with a red heart. Each side of the triangle symbolizes the adoption triad: adoptive family, birth family, and the adoptee. The heart intertwined represents the love involved in the relationship of adoption!

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, Adoption family, Birth Mothers, adoption triad, symbol of adoption, birth father, adoptee, adoption symbol

How to Harness the Power of Your Adoption Profile

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 9, 2018

So you’re ready to put yourself out there to be found by a mother seeking adoptive parents for her baby! How will women thinking about adoption find you?

With adoption in the US, the adoption profile is one of the most powerful tools in any hopeful adoptive parent’s process to adopt. A profile may look different agency to agency, depending on how that adoption professional meets the needs of the potential birth mothers they assist. Yet every profile includes photos and text that help introduce the hopeful adoptive parents to the mother considering adoption.

Your adoption profile will be your first impression to the woman who could be your child’s birth mother!

Before you panic about having a magazine-perfect home or trying to lose last year’s 15-pound weight gain (thanks fertility meds!), know that most potential birth mothers only see the best in you. She’s not reading profiles thinking any of the critical thoughts you may already have begun to obsess over in your own mind. These women are looking to get to know YOU, not a future, better, perfect, totally-have-it-together you. She wants to know who you are, and what her child’s life will be like in your family.

Here are 5 adoption profile tips for overcoming jitters so that you can put yourself out there and be discovered for the right adoption match:

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Topics: Adoption profile, birth mothers seeking families, adoption match, adoption profiles, adoption profile tips

Adoption Stories Then and Now - Justin and Jen

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 6, 2018

We're honored to be sharing Justin and Jen's beautiful domestic adoption story today as a part of our blog series "Then and Now." Adoptive mom Jen says, "We are so blessed and thankful to God and Harper's birth parents for placing her in our lives. She is our greatest joy!"

Keep reading to hear Justin and Jen's cherished adoption journey to their baby girl! 

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

Here's What You Need to Know About Older Child Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 4, 2018

Are you hoping to adopt a child? In the adoption world, you may hear the terms "older child adoption" and "non-newborn adoption" both used. Today, Lifetime is going to guide you through this type of domestic adoption, providing useful information about adopting an older child to help you determine if it's right for your family!

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Topics: Adopting a child, older child adoption, adopting an older child, adopt a child, non-newborn adoption

3 Things to Stop Doing If You Want to Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 2, 2018

So often on our blog, we share adoption tips about what to do in the process. Since there are many opportunities for hitches along the way, today we hope to share what NOT to do in adoption, and things to be aware of.

The adoption tips we list below may seem like common sense, but they come from Lifetime’s years of experience working with adoptive parents and birth mothers. All of the situations and instances we share today are ones we've experienced.

Lifetime wants to make sure that you’re prepared and equipped with accurate information of what not to do. That way, you can focus on doing the right thing to really ensure a safe and successful adoption!

Here are three things to avoid doing if you want to adopt successfully:

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Topics: Adoption journey, adoption tip, adoption journal,

7 Tips for Easter When You’re Waiting to Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 30, 2018

The Easter holiday is a time for family, worship, fellowship, and food. We come together with loved ones to celebrate and worship. Yet for many waiting adoptive families, holidays like Easter that center on children and family can be difficult.

There's no magic formula to “survive the holidays” while you wait to be chosen by a birth mother. What you can do to prepare is to recognize that holidays like Easter may be difficult, and to accept your emotions when they come. Here are 7 tips to help you not only get through the Easter holiday while you wait but to celebrate too:

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Topics: Christian Adoption, adoption wait, how to handle the adoption wait, Easter blessing