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Behind the Scenes of Adam & Kristi’s Decision to Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 14, 2018

"Are we meant to adopt?"

Lifetime adoptive couple Adam and Kristi share part one of their adoption story

 

"This is never going to happen." Many people who walk through infertility often identify with the hopelessness that can come of trying and trying to build a family, without success.

Moving from infertility to a decision to become a family through adoption is a deep and thoughtful process. There are layers of grief and disappointment mixed together with the hope of looking forward to the good that will come from their determination not to give up.

We often are asked: "How do you know when to move from fertility treatments to adoption?"

For every adoptive parent, the answer to that honest question will vary. However, one recurring thread in nearly every Lifetime Adoption testimony is the sense that adoption is where the story was leading all along.

As you’ll see in Adam and Kristi’s story, a sense of peace, relief, and renewed hope came from answering a call to adoption.

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Topics: infertility to adoption,, Adoption journey, Adoption story, fertility treatments to adoption, fertility treatments, Infertility, Waiting to Adopt

"If children are in need, why isn't adoption free?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 6, 2018

"It seems like adoption is so expensive, almost like it is buying a baby. Why does it have to cost so much when all we want to do is help a child in need?"

Many families have a similar reaction when they discover that there is a cost to private adoption.  Learning more about the costs often help families understand who the fees go to and what they are for. Today, Lifetime is giving you a quick rundown to help understand adoption costs!

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Topics: how much does adoption cost, cost of adopting, how much does it cost to adopt, Adopting a child, Adoption Fees, why is adoption so expensive

“I Love to See People’s Dreams Come True”

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 1, 2018

Lifetime's Founder Shares Her Vision

Lifetime's Founder Mardie Caldwell knows the deep-seated need that motivates couples to seek adoption, having endured seven miscarriages before turning to adoption. Mardie's experience drove her desire to help others realize the joy of parenthood through adoption, and she opened Lifetime Adoption in 1986.

“I love to see people’s dreams come true!" she says. "I want adoption to be successful for everyone – the birth family, the adoptive parents, and the children."

Keep reading to learn more about Lifetime Adoption, how adoption has changed over the years, and get Mardie's #1 tip for hopeful adoptive couples!

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Topics: adoption expert Mardie Caldwell, Mardie Caldwell

How to Host a Modern Sip and See After You Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 25, 2018

If you're matched with a birth mother, you're probably feeling a range of emotions, from excitement to concern. You might be wondering “is it appropriate to have a baby shower when we’re adopting?”

While it's true that everyone in your life will want to celebrate your baby's arrival, sometimes a traditional baby shower isn't appropriate for adoptive families. Lifetime shares why we recommend an adoption sip and see instead, and how you can best celebrate in this way!

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Topics: baby shower, adoption sip-and-see, post-adoption

What is the Grief and Loss Process With Infertility?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 17, 2018

When a couple is dealing with infertility, there are generally five stages of grief and loss that they go through. Encountering these emotions is a normal and healthy way of moving from infertility toward adoption.

We all deal with grief and loss in different ways. Some people experience all five stages, while others only encounter a couple. Furthermore, it's normal to experience the stages in any order.

As a couple moves from infertility to adoption, they may experience these stages of grief and loss:

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Topics: infertility to adoption,, Infertility, fertility treatments, failed fertility treatments

How Can Your Employer Help You Fund Your Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 9, 2018

You might not realize it, but your employer might be able to help make your adoption a reality! More and more companies are starting to offer adoption benefits to their employees. Keep reading to discover how your employer might be able to help you fund your adoption!

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Topics: affording adoption, how to afford adoption, afford to adopt, fund my adoption, fund your adoption, employee adoption benefits

Get 7 Tips on How to Support Your Loved One's Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 3, 2018

The goal of today’s post is to help improve your family member's and friends' understanding of how adoption works today. If they wish to share in your adoption experience, this information can serve as a starting point for conversations about how your adoption will touch everyone.

We encourage you to share this post with your loved ones!

If someone you care about is hoping to adopt, you become part of their adoption circle. As such, you’ll need insights and information about adoption. Whether you’re experienced or unfamiliar with adoption, this blog post will be beneficial. We encourage you to as you participate in their lives as an adoptive family.

Here are 7 ideas on how you can support your loved one during their adoption journey:

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Topics: Support adoption, Open Adoption, Adoption Tips, modern adoption, family member is adopting

How to Tell Your Child They Were Adopted (and How Not To)

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 26, 2018

"When should I tell my child they're adopted?"

"What if they don't understand or it makes them sad?"

"How should I tell my child that they were adopted?"

These are some of the most commonly asked questions asked by hopeful adoptive parents, struggling to find the right answers. Today, Lifetime shares the best way to share your child's adoption story with them!

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Topics: Open Adoption, explaining adoption to children, adoptee

A Healthy Open Adoption Needs These 6 Things

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 19, 2018

Decades ago, almost every adoption was closed. Back then, people thought that closed adoption was best for the child. Today's adoptions look much different. An estimated 95% of domestic adoptions now have some level of openness between adoptive parents and birth parents. 

Even though there are varying kinds and levels of openness in open adoptions, there are healthy traits that many have in common. Here are 6 traits that adoptive families should strive for in open adoptions:

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Topics: relationship with birth mother, what is open adoption like?, Open Adoption, adoption tip

Hope to Expand Your Family Through a Second Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 11, 2018

Are you hoping to adopt again? Many who have experienced the joys of parenthood wish to expand their family through adopting a second time.  We'd be honored to be a part of your second adoption journey!

After 32 years of experience, Lifetime is confident that we know what birth mothers are looking for in an adoptive family. And what many are seeking today are experienced adoptive parents, who have already adopted a baby.

Keep reading to learn how you can grow your family through the miracle of another adoption!

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Topics: second adoption, adopt again, domestic infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Open Adoption