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Your Checklist to Get Ready for Your Home Study

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 23, 2018

Welcome to the third piece of Lifetime's newest blog series, "Your Adoption Checklist!" Our goal in this series is to share practical, easy-to-follow checklists for you to use during your adoption journey. We've shared ways you can effectively learn more about domestic adoption, and we also provided this checklist of questions to ask potential adoption professionals in the series.

Many hopeful adoptive parents find the home study process to be overwhelming. So today, Lifetime's sharing an adoption home study checklist to help you get ready!

We want to note that regulations differ depending on what state you live in. So, we've made this home study checklist general enough to cover the variety of documents and clearances most will need. If your home has any safety concerns, the home study professional will usually let you know of the issue so that you have time to correct them before finishing the home study.

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Open Adoption, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption Home Study, Home study, adoption checklists, Your Adoption Checklist

How to Decide If a Sudden Adoption Opportunity is Right for You

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 21, 2018

If you're hopeful adoptive parents just beginning your adoption journey, you might have heard the phrases "sudden adoption opportunity" or "last minute opportunity." When you sign on with your adoption professional, they'll probably ask if you're open to this type of adoption situation.

These types of adoption opportunities happen when a birth mother is about to go into labor or has just given birth. She is typically contacting your adoption professional from the hospital because she doesn't have an adoption plan in place yet. So how do you know if this type of adoption is right for you? Read on as Lifetime describes what's involved in a sudden adoption opportunity, as well as important aspects to keep in mind!

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Topics: drop-in-the-lap, sudden adoptions, sudden adoption opportunity

What Happens If I Have a Babies R Us Registry?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 19, 2018

Many adoptive parents-to-be have found it practical to create a baby registry while waiting to adopt.  Making a baby registry can give you the security of knowing you're ready for the day you bring your baby home. "Having an online registry was really a blessing for us. When we were traveling to meet our baby, I ordered some needed items and had them shipped to our hotel. The registry also helped my family and friends plan a baby shower for us when we were back home!" shares one adoptive mom.

So the news about Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores closing across the nation in the next couple of weeks might come as a shock.  According to CNBCToys R Us is planning to either sell or close all of its more than 800 stores across the U.S. The closing and liquidation of Toys R Us stores has lots of people wondering, 'what happens I have a Babies R Us registry?

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Topics: adoption registry, baby registry for adoption

How Can We Make Adoption Affordable?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 16, 2018

If you're wondering how you'll possibly afford the costs associated with a domestic infant adoption, you're not alone. A lack of funds is the #1 reason otherwise qualified families state for not moving forward with adoption.

Adoptions can be expensive and include fees for the home study, agency, legal representation, facilitation fees and travel, among other items.

"We faced a financial issue 30 years ago when we were hoping to adopt. What we found is that when there's a will, there's a way," shares Mardie Caldwell, adoptive mother and Lifetime's Founder.

Today, Lifetime is giving you 6 tips that will help you make the adoption of your dreams much more affordable!

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Topics: Adoption fundraising, Adoption tax credit, Financial Assistance for Adoption, afford to adopt, adoption financing, how to afford adoption, employee adoption benefits

Adoption Stories Then and Now - Clayton and Sarah

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 14, 2018

We're honored to be sharing Clayton and Sarah's beautiful adoption story today as a part of our blog series "Then and Now." Adoptive mom Sarah says, "We were constantly encouraged by reading and listening to other couple's adoption stories as we were in the wait. We hope that our story can do the same for currently waiting couples."

Keep reading to hear Clayton and Sarah's cherished adoption journey to their baby girl, Aubrey! 

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

Discover How Your Amazon Obsession Can Support Adoption!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 12, 2018

If you love Amazon Prime, you're not alone. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners has found that there are 90 million Prime members in the U.S. This means that around 77% of all households in the nation have Amazon Prime!* 

Today, Lifetime is sharing some exciting Amazon news. If you've never heard of their AmazonSmile program before, it's a great way to support the Lifetime Adoption Foundation every time you shop. Once you complete their simple set-up process, your donation happens automatically. Plus, it doesn't cost you anything to set up!

What a great reason to do some online shopping! Read on to get all the details.

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Topics: Donations, tax-deductible donation, Lifetime Adoption Foundation, Support adoption, Lifetime Foundation

"Can we claim the Adoption Tax Credit if we're still waiting to adopt?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 9, 2018

"I heard that we can claim the Adoption Tax Credit even if we haven't adopted yet. Is that true? We paid the expenses in 2016 and are pursuing domestic adoption. How do we claim adoption expenses when we're still waiting to be chosen by a birth mother?  We don't have a SSN or ATIN for a child."

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Topics: Adoption tax credit

How to Get Your Baby’s Social Security Number for Your Taxes

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 7, 2018

Question: "We just found out that since there was an adoption plan in place, the hospital could not apply for a social security number for our baby. We're getting ready to file our taxes, and we need our daughter's social security number to take advantage of the adoption tax credit. What are we supposed to do?!" 

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Topics: Adoption tax credit, post-placement

Q&A Webinar: How to Make Important Decisions About Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 5, 2018

When you're thinking about adopting a child, the entire process can seem overwhelming at first.  There are so many questions to ask, and important decisions to make. The best thing to do is to keep on asking your questions, and check them off as you go. Lifetime's adoption Q&A webinars are some of the best ways to learn a variety of answers that will help you along your path through adoption.

No matter why you're pursuing domestic infant adoption, there will be important decisions to make as you plan your family’s future. Lifetime recently hosted a Q&A adoption webinar all about making important decisions in adoption. Keep reading to hear this webinar, and get our adoption experts' insight and experience on a variety of decisions you'll be making!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Adoption journey, domestic infant adoption

Here's What You Need to Know About Birth Mother Expenses

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 2, 2018

Here's a frequently-asked question about birth mother expenses: "If a birth mother decides to not place her baby with us, can we get back the money we paid for her living expenses during the pregnancy?"

Most adoptive couples are open to helping out with living expenses, and many birth mothers greatly need this help.

Keep reading to learn more about birth mother expenses!

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Topics: Adoption tax credit, cost of adopting, reclaim, adoption law, pregnancy expenses, birth mother expenses