Adoptive Families Blog

Adoption Preparation Tips from Adoptive Parents

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on Mar 31, 2015 7:00:00 AM

We recently took the question, “What was the best tip or advice that helped you OR that you would pass along to other parents preparing to adopt? Any products for baby or the child that you recommend? Any travel ideas or time-saving tips? Tell us what worked for you!” to our Lifetime Adoption Center Facebook page. These were some of the replies from our families:

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Topics: Adopting a Baby, preparing to adopt

Keeping Hope During Your Adoption Journey

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Mar 30, 2015 9:28:00 AM

Recently this reminder was posted on our Lifetime Adoption Facebook page, with a lot of encouraging feedback from adoptive families who are currently on their adoption journey. Hope is eager expectation of relief of your current season or situation. There are good things happening in each phase of your story, even if the ultimate "good thing" you're looking for hasn't yet come. Don't give up!

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Topics: Adoption journey, Adopting a Baby

Adoption Story: How a Birthmother Chose Her Adoptive Family

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Mar 26, 2015 12:36:00 PM

Founder of Lifetime Adoption, Mardie Caldwell shares one of her favorite adoption stories about how a birthmother chose her adoptive family, which can be found in her book, “Adoption: Your Step-by-Step Guide”.

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Topics: Adopting a child, Adoptive family, Adoption story

Faith Based Answers to Your Adoption Questions

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Mar 10, 2015 10:16:00 AM

Are you called to adoption? Many people feel a desire to become parents, but far fewer feel a calling to become adoptive parents. The Lord has placed a deep yearning in the hearts of these people to love and nurture a child who is not biologically theirs. If you think you are being called to be adoptive parents, God has the answers to your adoption questions.

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Adoptive family

The Benefits of Domestic Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Mar 9, 2015 10:07:00 AM

One of the biggest choices a parent will make is whether to adopt domestically or internationally. A common misconception to first time adoptive parents is that there are no babies available for adoption in the U.S. There are actually thousands of children adopted domestically each year, many of them newborn infants. Available newborns, a clear adoption process and ability to connect with birthparents are distinctions of the domestic process.

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, Adopting a child

Bonding with Baby after Infant Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Mar 5, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Some parents expect an instantaneous bond with their new baby immediately after infant adoption. Secretly, these same parents may worry and experience some uncertainty…what if they don’t feel a connection with their adopted infant? Lifetime Adoption has seen the special bonds that develop between adoptive parents and their adopted infants. Like many other aspects of parenting, bonding takes work and dedication.

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Infant adoption, Adopting a Baby

Three Common Myths About Babies for Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Mar 3, 2015 9:45:00 AM

Adoptive families come in many shapes and sizes, but they all share a deep and heartfelt calling to open their hearts and homes to a baby. Don’t let these three common myths about finding babies for adoption discourage you from fulfilling your dream.

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Topics: Adopting a Baby, babies for adoption

How do I support a family who is waiting to adopt?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Mar 2, 2015 9:06:00 AM

Many times, we want to be a help and support for families who are in the process of adopting. Perhaps they are waiting to be chosen by a birth mother, waiting to move forward until they have the funding in place, or even waiting until there is a sport available in the particular adoption program they have chosen.  We know that they are in a time or waiting and want to do something to support and celebrate their decision. But what can we do that is both supportive and appropriate during this time of waiting?

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Topics: Adoption, Adoption fundraising, Support adoption

Planning for After the Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Feb 24, 2015 7:47:00 AM

The following tips on planning for after the adoption was excerpted from Lifetime Adoption Founder Mardie Caldwell’s most recent book, Called to Adoption:

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt

Adoption Tips for Showing Pictures of Your Baby's Birthmother

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Feb 23, 2015 11:47:00 AM

Recently we had a question from a family, “Do you keep pictures of your baby’s birthmother to show them? Or do you just talk about them from time to time?” We posted on our Lifetime Facebook page for other adoptive parents to share what they do. Here are some great adoption tips for this question:

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Topics: Pictures of your baby's birthmother