Adoptive Families Blog

Is Open Adoption the Same As Co-Parenting?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Feb 20, 2017 6:15:00 AM

Question: My wife and I have been through several rounds of failed IVF treatments, and so we’ve started to look into infant adoption. We heard that to adopt an infant these days you have to have an open adoption with the biological mother. We're worried that might be like co-parenting or that we wouldn't be seen as the baby's parents. Does open adoption mean the birth mother could just drop by anytime or have a say in how we raise our child?

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Topics: Open Adoption, open adoption visits, semi-open adoption, what is open adoption like?, is open adoption co-parenting?

Practical Tips to Make Waiting for ICPC Clearance a Beautiful Time

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Feb 17, 2017 6:52:00 AM

Question: "My husband and I are so excited! Right now, we’re planning on traveling to our birth mother’s state to pick up our baby. Do you have any ideas of what we can do while we’re waiting for clearance to go home?"

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Topics: Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, ICPC, ICPC clearance

Adoption Stories Then and Now - Alan and Rebekah

Posted by Heidi Keefer on Feb 16, 2017 7:08:00 AM

Today, Lifetime Adoption is sharing another adoptive couple's story in our blog series “Then and Now.” Our Lifetime adoptive family today is Alan and Rebekah from Texas.

They have been blessed twice through adoption: they adopted their son Eli through us in 2013, and just brought home baby boy Oliver!

As they started their second adoption journey with Lifetime, they shared, "We are SO excited about starting the adoption process for baby #2!! We adopted our precious baby Eli through Lifetime years ago and we are all ready for another baby and a sibling for Eli to grow with and love on!" 

Read about their journey to adoption, their cherished experiences and inspirations!

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

Before You Adopt: Travel

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Feb 13, 2017 7:01:00 AM

Waiting for most anything - especially something as important as adding to becoming parents – can feel agonizing. There’s a lot of waiting involved in the infant adoption process. So in today’s edition of Before You Adopt, we’re sharing about a fun activity you can do while you wait to be chosen by a birth mother: travel.

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

The Bottom Line About Adoption Profile Stats

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Feb 10, 2017 7:03:00 AM

In order to be selected by a birth mother, an excellent adoption profile is vital. Having a great profile will lead to your match and then allow you to fulfill your dream of building your family. Hopeful adoptive families have even more online marketing opportunities than before, leading to matches being made from online profiles.

With more profiles online, adoption profile stats are more readily available. “Adoption profile stats” refers to how many times your profile is being seen by birth mothers. But, do you really want to know? Keep reading to find out why adoption profile stats may not be beneficial in domestic adoption.

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Topics: Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption profile, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, adoption profiles, adoption resumes, adoption profile stats

Before You Adopt: Write in an Adoption Blog

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Feb 9, 2017 7:05:00 AM

The adoption wait can be an exciting, emotional, frightening, and joyful time. One thing it isn’t is predictable. Adoptions don’t usually happen in an organized, scheduled manner. Waiting to adopt is a time when you have little or no control over much of what occurs. What you do have control over is what you can do to get ready for baby before you adopt. 

 In today’s "Before You Adopt" series installment, we’ll be sharing about the benefits of writing in a blog or journal during your wait. Remember, you can direct your part in the adoption wait. You can’t control all the details, but you can control your response.

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Topics: Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, Adoption story, adoption readiness, how to handle the adoption wait, before you adopt, adoption blog, adoption blogs, blogging aboout adoption

5 Warning Signs It’s an Adoption Scam

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Feb 6, 2017 6:35:00 AM

Recently in the news was the story of a Tucson Woman Sentenced to Jail, Probation in Adoption Fraud Case. The scammer kept the births of her twins a secret, then pretended to still be pregnant in order to get money from a hopeful adoptive couple.

Lifetime Adoption wants to help you avoid such heartbreak. We've been proven to keep these very types of adoption frauds and scams at bay before they even get started. At Lifetime, we know that more education and awareness about adoption has proven to stop adoption scams and frauds before they can occur.  Our Founder Mardie Caldwell is an adoptive mother herself, and shares, "I know how emotional adoption can be, and keeping adoptive parents safe is key to our success."

Read on to discover 5 warning signs that you might be dealing with an adoption scam...


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Topics: Avoiding Adoption Fraud and Scams, adoption scams

Need a Valentine's Day Gift? Give Her an Adoption Prayer Bracelet!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Feb 3, 2017 6:23:00 AM

It's that time of year! Remember your favorite Valentine with a unique adoption gift that she'll treasure for a lifetime. Each purchase of an Adoption Prayer Bracelet helps women who have chosen adoption for a child! Shop for your favorite style and color today!  The bracelets are one-of-a-kind; each bracelet is handmade and delicately engraved.

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Topics: Adoption Gifts, Adoption bracelet, Adoption Prayer Bracelet, adoption jewelry, adoption gift, adoptive mother

Learn the Truth About Adoption in This Webinar!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Feb 2, 2017 7:33:00 AM

Last week, we gave you info on how to Get Expert Adoption Advice at Lifetime's Q&A Webinar. The recording of this adoption webinar is now available online for you to listen in. Discover the truth about the beauty of open adoption! You can tune in from wherever you are, using the GoToWebinar smart phone app. 

If adopting a baby has been on your mind, we know you'll benefit from this Adoption Q&A Webinar which Lifetime hosted. 

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Open Adoption, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Q&A webinar

How to Support Your Spouse During the Adoption Wait

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Jan 30, 2017 6:57:00 AM

If you're adopting as a married couple, how can you support your spouse through the process of adoption? Lifetime Adoption recognizes that the adoption process (and the waiting) can be challenging in different ways to each spouse. In this post, you’ll discover how you can remain focused on moving forward, while still enjoying this current season in your marriage.

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