Adoptive Families Blog

Beautiful Video from a Birth Mom to Her Baby Has Gone Viral!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 19, 2018

In an emotional video that's since gone viral, birth mother Hannah explains to her newly-born son that she'll always love him. 

Both People Magazine and The Today Show, have picked up this story of a loving birth mother with a special message for her baby.  "I thought I would make this video for you instead of writing a letter because it's real and it’s in the moment," Hannah says in her emotional video.

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Topics: Open Adoption, adoption video,, birth mother videos, relationship with birth mother, modern adoption

Your Checklist for Choosing an Adoption Professional

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 17, 2018

Lifetime Adoption is pleased to announce a brand-new blog series we're launching today, "Your Adoption Checklist." And we're starting with a checklist for the very beginning of how to start the adoption process: interviewing and choosing the adoption professional you'll hire. There are crucial questions to ask before you commit to an adoption professional, no matter what their specialty is. 

Checklists are beneficial because they can cut down on some of the stress surrounding the adoption process. Also, studies have shown that checklists are valuable tools for avoiding human error. Those in high-stakes careers use checklists for exactly this reason. For example, surgeons who use checklists see a 38% reduction in post-surgery complications.* 

So without further ado, here's a checklist of 20 important questions to ask adoption professionals:

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Open Adoption, Adoption Professionals, Infant adoption, adoption checklists, Your Adoption Checklist

Adoption Webinar Next Week! Hear Lifetime Couple Silas & Dawn’s Story

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 15, 2018

Adoption stories are one of the most encouraging resources when you're hoping to adopt. You can get a lot of helpful answers and tips through listening to testimonies from people who have recently walked through the adoption process. Adoption starts to seem more simple and straightforward after hearing from others who were once where you are right now.

We hope you can join next Tuesday to hear Silas and Dawn’s adoption story. This Florida adoptive couple were blessed to adopt their son, Talon, through Lifetime Adoption last year. Keep reading to learn how you can watch this heartwarming adoption story!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Adoption process, Adoption journey, Adoption story

How to Bring Truth to These 4 Common Adoption Misconceptions

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 12, 2018

"Don’t you want a child of your own?"
"Isn’t adoption incredibly expensive?"
"What if his birth mother comes to take him back?”

After you shared your decision to adopt with your family and friends, you might have been asked questions like these, accompanied by looks of concern. Your loved ones want the best for you, but questions like these show that they don't fully understand adoption. They don’t have the facts about how open adoption works.

The media often portrays an inaccurate picture of adoption, full of drama. So, lots of people are led to believe the adoption misconceptions they see in the media are typical in real adoptions.

We encourage you to educate your family and friends with the truth to these 4 commonly-believed adoption misconceptions:

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption Myths, Domestic Adoption, adoption truth

How to Decide if Older Child Adoption or Infant Adoption is Best for You

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 10, 2018

Those hoping to adopt a baby are the norm in domestic adoption. But infant adoption isn't the only type available: adopting an older child is also possible, no matter his or her age. 

Are you wondering if you should pursue infant adoption or older child adoption? Keep reading to get Lifetime's tips on deciding which type of domestic adoption is right for you!

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Topics: Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, baby adoption, older child adoption, adopting an older child, domestic infant adoption

Before You Adopt: Explore Your City

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 8, 2018

For many couples, waiting to be chosen as adoptive parents can feel agonizing. There’s a certain amount of waiting to be expected in the infant adoption process. That's why at Lifetime, we encourage you to make the most while you're waiting for adoption in our blog series "Before You Adopt."

In this blog series for hopeful adoptive parents, we encourage you to do productive activities such as taking a childcare class, building your adoption budget, and getting practice with parenting before adoption. Today, we’re sharing a fun activity you can do while you wait to be chosen by a birth mother: explore your city.

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Topics: Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, adoption readiness, how to handle the adoption wait, before you adopt

8 Goals to Set in 2018 That Will Help You Adopt a Baby

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 5, 2018

As you begin preparing for adoption, setting goals can be powerful; you're accomplishing milestones which you set for yourself. Today, we're encouraging you to think about your adoption goals for 2018. 

Setting goals is just the first step in achieving them — you need a plan and a system in place to keep you on track. We hope that in the New Year you find the resources you need for a successful and safe adoption, and a renewed hope as you look forward to the day that you'll adopt a baby. Here are 8 goals to set when preparing for adoption:

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, I want to adopt a baby, domestic infant adoption

Adoption Stories Then and Now - Dan and Hanna

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 3, 2018

Today, Lifetime Adoption is excited to be able to share another couple's successful adoption story in our blog series “Then and Now."

We're going to share Colorado adoptive couple Dan and Hanna's heartwarming story today!

As they started their adoption journey with Lifetime, they shared, "Adoption is something that we have always planned for ourselves.

When we learned about our infertility, it wasn’t a question of what to do; it was how we get things in place for adoption!"

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

5 Ways to Realize Your New Year's Resolution of Adopting

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 1, 2018

With each new year comes new possibilities and hope for the future. It also offers the opportunity for commitment to a New Year’s resolution. Are you hoping to adopt in 2018?

We’ve all heard the saying “there's no time like the present.” Unlike New Year’s resolutions to lose 50 pounds or exercise more, building a family is a resolution that you don't set to get attention or to please others. The rewards that you get from becoming a parent will mean more to you than all of those superficial things. The life-changing event of adoption will be the start of a fresh chapter in your marriage and your family's history.

So today, Lifetime is going to share five steps to adoption to take into consideration this New Year:

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption Tips, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, I want to adopt a baby, how to afford adoption

The Best of Our Blog: Top 10 Posts from 2017

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 29, 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, we're taking the opportunity to highlight some of our most helpful and loved blog posts of the year!

We've compiled ten of the top adoption-related blog posts published on our Adoptive Families Blog this year — a CliffsNotes of sorts for all you busy readers out there. 

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