Adoptive Families Blog

Buying for Baby: Should we stock up now or later?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Aug 26, 2016 3:31:38 PM

Adoptive parents-in-waiting ask: “Should we have a nursery or room ready before we adopt?” The answer to this will vary parent to parent—some families prefer to wait so that an empty room or unused gear aren’t sitting unused, while others like knowing they are ready and stocked for when their child arrives. Whatever you decide to do in your adoption path, it IS wise to plan ahead for some things, even if it’s just to create a registry or have a list of items you know you’ll want or need when it’s time for your adoption.

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Infant adoption, Newborn Adoption, adoption travel tips, adoption tip, what to pack when traveling for your adoption

Adoption Stories Then and Now - Matt and Julia

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Aug 25, 2016 9:57:27 AM

Lifetime Adoption is pleased to share a new episode in our blog series “Then and Now.” Today's adoptive family is Matt and Julia from Missouri.

You might remember this adoptive couple from our previous blog post: "What Adoptive Families Say About Lifetime". Then in the thick of their adoption wait, they emailed us:

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Topics: adoption stories, Adoption story, Lifetime Babies, then and now

"Are Birth Mothers Required to Get Prenatal Care?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Aug 22, 2016 11:12:34 AM

Here’s a great question we were recently asked by a couple thinking about adoption: “Does Lifetime require that birth mothers get prenatal care before they can choose a family, or to start a match with adoptive parents?"

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Birth Mothers, adoption match

11 Anti-Stress Tips for Your Adoption Wait (and one BONUS tip!)

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Aug 19, 2016 9:29:51 AM

Stress is your body’s natural reaction to anxiety, pressure, and change. Many adoptive families get stressed as they wait to be chosen by a birth mother. Stress in lower amounts can help make life eventful and stimulating. However, if you have too much stress, it’s bad for you both mentally and physically. For the sake of your happiness and health, we encourage you to recognize and manage stress about your adoption wait. In this post, we share some signs of stress and tips for handling it.

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

Adoption Stories Then and Now – Adoptive Mom Theresa

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Aug 18, 2016 10:27:25 AM

Here’s the fourth post in our blog series, “Then and Now.” If you missed our past posts, you can read all of Lifetime’s Then and Now series here.

Single adoptive mother Theresa adopted her son Spencer through Lifetime 18 years ago. Both have stayed in touch with Spencer’s birth mother Laura throughout the years. They’ve enjoyed an open adoption, as they share their adoption experience in this video:

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Topics: Open Adoption, adoption stories, Adoption story, Lifetime Babies, then and now

How Your Donations Help Birth Mothers

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Aug 15, 2016 9:42:52 AM

The Lifetime Adoption Foundation is always in need of donations of small, travel-size toiletries to fill our "labor bags." Discover how your donations actively help pregnant women who have an adoption plan.

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Topics: Birthmother Blessing, Donations, tax-deductible donation, Lifetime Adoption Foundation, Lifetime Foundation

Lifetime Works Nationwide to Help Find Your Baby

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Aug 12, 2016 10:10:12 AM

At Lifetime Adoption Center, we’re putting more time and money than ever into advertising and marketing. We’re currently spending $185K in online advertising and marketing, and due that are bringing in more birth mothers than ever. We’re represented in the Yellow Pages in all 50 states and clinics in all states as well.

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Topics: Adoption Home Study, Home study, adoption law, interstate adoption, ICPC, adoption attorney

Adoption Stories Then and Now - David and Deanna

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Aug 11, 2016 11:47:03 AM

Lifetime Adoption is pleased to share a new installment in our blog series, called “Then and Now.”

Lifetime's staff are here for adoptive families in each step of their adoption journey. When they are having a tough time waiting for their child, we're here with tips and encouragement. And, once they adopt a baby (or child), we get to celebrate right alongside them, too! 

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Topics: adoption stories, Adoption story, Lifetime Babies, then and now

4 Things Your Profile Should Always Do

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Aug 8, 2016 10:08:44 AM

Many adoptive parents struggle with creating an adoption profile. It’s hard to know exactly what a birth mother would want to know about you and still feel like you’re humble and grateful for the opportunity to connect with her through those few pages!

After all, we live in a time where everyone shares everything with just about anyone, yet frowns on “TMI.” There is a balance to strike when it comes to your adoption profile, and it is possible to present yourself without bragging about your life or begging for her sympathies.

Remember women who are thinking about adoption want to learn about you! For many birth mothers, the deciding factor for her, when she was thinking about adoption, was finding the RIGHT adoptive family for her child.

Here's our list of 4 things your profile should always do:

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Topics: Adoption profile, Dear Birthmother letter, adoption resume

Lifetime’s Focus: Adoption Is a Loving Choice

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Aug 5, 2016 1:31:55 PM

Recently we were touched to hear feedback about Lifetime’s program, the way we help women considering adoption, and our support through a birth mother’s choice.

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Topics: Adoption services, Pregnancy choices