Adoptive Families Blog

Should We Stop Using the Term "Birth Mother"?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 20, 2018

"I've recently seen a few articles online saying that people shouldn't use the term ‘birth mother' until after a woman places her baby for adoption. Should we stop using the term 'birth mother'? Is it proper to call her a birth mother before adoption?"

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Topics: birth mother, Domestic Adoption, Birth Mothers, positive adoption language

"How Old Can You Be and Still Adopt?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 19, 2018

There are many reasons that couples decide to pursue adoption in their 40s and later. They may have been putting off having children until their financial security became more established, or they might be hoping to create a family after remarriage. 

If this sounds like you, you might be wondering, “How old can you be and still adopt?"  Read on to learn about your options with a domestic infant adoption at Lifetime!

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, Adopting a Baby, domestic infant adoption, adoption qualifications, older parent adoption

Get Expert Adoption Advice at This Q&A Webinar

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 16, 2018

You know all those questions about adoption that pop up in your mind while you're running errands, at work, or getting ready for bed?  Those are the exact adoption questions that you can ask the adoption experts, at Lifetime's upcoming Q&A webinar! 

Mark your calendar and join our adoption Q&A webinar next Thursday! It'll be a live webinar, with Lifetime's experienced and attentive adoption experts. We're looking forward to answering the most-asked questions hopeful adoptive parents may have. It's wise to learn all you can about domestic, interstate infant adoption before you start!

Next week's Q&A webinar is open to all hopeful adoptive parents, and it's free of charge! Lifetime's Q&A webinars about adoption are always informative and encouraging, no matter if you're just starting to consider adopting or if you're waiting to be chosen by a birth mother. You'll be able to get the answers you need to your adoption questions, and learn from the questions others ask as well!

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, I want to adopt a baby, adoption Q&A, adopt a baby, Q&A webinar, adoption webinars

Adoption is Love: Our Valentine's Day Message to You

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 14, 2018

Adoption IS LoveHappy Valentine's Day from Lifetime! We’re sending thoughts of love to all in the adoption triad: adoptive families, birth parents, and adoptees. Truly, love is something you get more of by sharing it!

In adoption, we can see love powerfully and abundantly present: it's unconditional, unselfish, and lasts forever. Join us as we take a look at the various ways that love is present in the adoption process!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Domestic Adoption, adoption is love, forever family

Is There Such a Thing as a "Typical Birth Mother"?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 12, 2018

Many hopeful adoptive parents wonder what birth mothers are like. They worry about speaking with a birth mother on the phone because they don't know what to expect. How old are most birth mothers? Why are they choosing adoption? Are they married or single? What's their background like? Is there such a thing as a "typical birth mother?" Join Lifetime as we share the answers to these commonly-asked questions, and more! 

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption Myths, Birth Mothers, relationship with birth mother, talking to birth mothers, phone call with birth mother

Your Checklist for Learning About Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 9, 2018

Lifetime recently launched a new blog series, "Your Adoption Checklist." With this series, we will share practical, easy-to-follow checklists that will give you guidance during your adoption journey. In the first installment of this series, we shared a checklist of 20 questions to ask potential adoption professionals

Today, we’re sharing methods that can help you effectively learn about the adoption process. There are many facets to domestic, infant adoption. It's important for hopeful adoptive parents to educate themselves on as many areas of domestic adoption as they can, to ensure a healthy, safe adoption journey.

Here's our checklist of 7 practical ways that you can effectively learn more about the domestic adoption process:

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Open Adoption, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, adoption checklists, Your Adoption Checklist, learn about adoption

How to Find the Right Adoption Support Group for You

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 7, 2018

If you could use extra emotional support while you wait for your baby, you might be wondering if an adoption support group is right for you. Adoption support groups can provide you with a healthy, supportive community during your adoption journey.

There are so many different support groups out there, and you might be wondering which one to join. Follow Lifetime as we share practical tips on what to look for in a support group so that you can find the right group for you!

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, adoption wait, Support adoption, how to handle the adoption wait, adoption support groups, adoption support group

6 Things to Pay Attention to When You’re Waiting to Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 5, 2018

You've checked everything off your adoption checklist, and now you're in the adoption wait. Waiting for a birth mother to choose you for an adoption match can be an incredibly trying time. The ups, downs, and unknowns of waiting for adoption can become all-consuming. During this time, some waiting adoptive parents start unknowingly neglecting that which matters most to them.

Today, Lifetime is sharing 6 things that parents waiting for adoption should avoid neglecting:

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

When It's Meant-To-Be in Open Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 2, 2018

Hopeful adoptive parents often go through questions and thoughts that cause them to wonder if they are on the right track pursuing adoption. Lifetime adoptive couple Silas and Dawn were no exception. Even as they traveled to meet their newborn son they still had to pinch themselves that their call to adoption had to led to their baby boy.

This sweet family's worries were for nothing, because every detail of their son's adoption story continues to show them this was meant to be!

This meant-to-be experience is something we see a lot at Lifetime. And along the way, it helps to be reminded of this truth by hearing it from others who recently walked where you are today.

You can watch the webinar replay of Silas and Dawn's meant-to-be open adoption story online today! Read on to learn how you can watch it for free, wherever you're at.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Christian Adoption, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Adoption journey, adoption wait, adoptive parenting, domestic infant adoption

"Can We See Photos of Birth Parents?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 31, 2018

We wanted to share with you an adoption question that we get frequently asked. Many eager adoptive parents have asked this question in the beginning stages of their adoption research.

Chances are, you've wondered this exact thing!

"I'd like to see photos of the birth parents before I agree to the adoption. During the adoption process with Lifetime, will we be sent photos? My spouse and I hope to adopt a child who will easily blend into our family because we don't want it to be obvious that they're adopted."

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Topics: Infant adoption, adopt a baby, photos of birth moms, photos of birth mothers, photo of birth mother, photos of babies up for adoption, adoption photolisting