Adoptive Families Blog

"I’ll Recommend Lifetime to Anyone I Know!"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 23, 2016 1:04:04 PM

Lifetime is excited to share this recent email from one of our Lifetime adoptive families who just adopted a baby girl. If you’re in your adoption wait, reading adoption stories like this will provide you with hope and inspiration:

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Topics: Adoptive family update, Adoption Update, Lifetime Babies, reviews of Lifetime Adoption

4 Keys to Parenting Success for New Adoptive Parents

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on May 20, 2016 9:29:52 AM

As an adoptive mother, it's part of my life's mission to help other adoptive parents adjust to life after adoption. Here are my top 4 keys that will lead to your parenting success after you've adopted a baby or child:

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption Tips, Domestic Adoption, Mardie Caldwell, older child adoption, adopting an older child, adoption tip

Cookie Cutter Adoption?

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on May 19, 2016 2:40:44 PM

Open Adoption With One Birth Mother,
Semi-Open With Another?

Dear Mardie,

We are ready to adopt again, but this time, we do not want to be as open to birth mother contact.  Specifically, we do not want to be open to visits. Our daughter’s birth mother had specified that she only wanted pictures and letters. We wouldn’t want one child to have visits with a birth mother and not the other – it would just seem unfair and maybe confusing.  Is that okay?

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Topics: birth mother, Open Adoption, open adoption visits, relationship with birth mother, semi-open adoption

Having a Hard Time With Adoption Paperwork? Here's 5 Tips!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 16, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Most adoptive parents-to-be are faced with a mountain of paperwork in the adoption process. It can be very daunting and overwhelming especially when they are already dealing with a lot of emotional, mental, and financial pressure.

The adoption process can be time-consuming and will require major changes in your lifestyle and commitments. Couples who work can find it incredibly hard to keep up with all the pre- and post-adoption paperwork and adoption reading. In this post, we'd like to share with you some ways to effectively deal with all of your adoption paperwork...

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Topics: Adoption, Adoption Tips, General, Waiting to Adopt, Adopting a Baby

Recommended Adoption Books for Adoptive Parents

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 13, 2016 11:03:09 AM

In this list, you will find a variety of books that show the many different perspectives of adoption. We've organized this list into books for adopted children, for adoptive parents, books to read at the start of your adoption journey, and books to understand where birth parents are coming from. Each title is linked to its page on Amazon, so you can easily learn more and purchase.

Enjoy, and please feel free to share this list!

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Topics: Adoption Book, books about adoption, adoption education

Tips for New Adoptive Parents

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 12, 2016 11:17:48 AM

new_adoptive_parents.jpgIt can be overwhelming to assume 24 hour care of a child, especially a newborn who may have his days and nights mixed up. So once you bring home your baby through adoption, prioritize rest! In this post, we’re going to share some great tips you can follow in those early days after placement.

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Newborn Adoption, adoptive parenting

Called to Adoption Book Now on Audible

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 9, 2016 1:23:02 PM

If you're hoping to adopt and love audio books, we've just released Lifetime's Founder Mardie Caldwell's book Called to Adoption: A Christian's Guide to Answering the Call on Audible!

When you're thinking of adopting a child, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Education is key for anyone hoping to adopt!

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Topics: Christian Adoption, Adoption Book, Called to Adoption

Discover the Keys for Great Adoptive Parenting & Bonding

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 6, 2016 11:19:24 AM

One of the best things people who are hoping to adopt can do is not just prepare for the adoption process, but to prepare for becoming a parent. We hope that you can join us next Thursday, May 12th for a special webinar featuring Lifetime's founder, Mardie Caldwell. She'll present a new webinar topic: Keys for Great Adoptive Parenting and Bonding. Mardie is an adoptive mom herself, and looks forward to sharing her heartfelt message for anyone hoping to adopt.

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Topics: Adoption webinar, Mardie Caldwell, adoptive parenting, bonding in adoption

How To Survive Mother's Day When You're Waiting To Adopt

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on May 5, 2016 11:06:16 AM

mardie1-244x300.jpgYears ago, while waiting to adopt, I recall dreading the week leading up to Mother’s Day. The day that reminded me of my losses and, in my mind, my failures as a woman. It was a day that I just wanted to put my head under my pillow and sleep away. This all changed when I adopted our son. But I remember how it felt before.

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An Adoption Prayer Bracelet: an Encouraging Mother’s Day Gift That Gives Back, Too

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 2, 2016 12:32:28 PM

There's still time to get an Adoption Prayer Bracelet in time for Mother's Day IF you order soon! Every purchase goes the Lifetime Adoption Foundation, which helps women who are lovingly choosing adoption. The bracelets are one-of-a-kind; each bracelet is handmade and delicately engraved.

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Topics: Mother's Day, Adoption bracelet, Adoption Prayer Bracelet, adoption jewelry, adoptive mother