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

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

How to Get Started With the Basics of Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 5, 2018

When you've just decided that adoption is the way you'll grow your family, it can be hard to know where to start.

What do you need help with to begin your adoption? What's standing in your way of achieving your dreams of adopting a baby?

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Adopting a Baby, I want to adopt a baby, adopt a child, how to afford adoption

Lifetime Named in the Top 3 Adoption Blogs!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 28, 2018

We're excited to announce that our blog has just been awarded in the "Top 20 Christian Adoption and Foster Care Blogs!" Lifetime's blog was named in the prestigious top 3 adoption blogs in this list, curated by content reader Feedspot. What an honor to be among this list of other awesome adoption blogs, for the second year in a row!

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Topics: adoption blogs, blogging aboout adoption

In Infant Adoption, How Old is the Baby?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 22, 2018

"My husband and I have just started to look into adoption, after facing infertility. We're interested in your adoption program. We'd especially like to adopt a baby so that we can experience all of those 'firsts' with our son or daughter. 

If we adopt a baby through Lifetime, how old is the baby when we receive him or her?"

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Topics: Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, I want to adopt a baby, adopt a baby, bonding with adopted baby

Lifetime Family's Amazing Story Published in Magazine

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 14, 2018

We’re delighted to share with you that one of our adoptive couples, Zachary and Kearsten, have been featured in a national publication, the Coastal Virginia Magazine! The adoptive family was interviewed for a new segment called "What It's Like" to talk about adoption.

Keep reading to see what they said about the journey to adopt their sweet baby boy, Maverick!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption story

20 Effective Ways to Save Up for Your Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 8, 2018

When you’re trying to afford infant adoption, it’s important to cut costs and save money wherever you can. Lifetime Adoption suggests creating an adoption budget, and setting up a separate bank account specifically for adoption funds. Today, we’re sharing 20 effective ways that you can save up for your adoption:

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Topics: cost of adopting, adoption financing, how to afford adoption, fund an adoption, fund my adoption, fund your adoption, how much does adoption cost, why is adoption so expensive, affording adoption

Adoption Stories Then and Now - Mac and Shay

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 25, 2018

"Thank you so much for all of your time, patience, effort, and support on our adoption journey...All of the webinars and advice you guys give have really helped us develop a strong bond with our daughter Lucy's birth mother," share Lifetime adoptive parents Mac and Shay.

Join Lifetime as we share Mac and Shay's beautiful open adoption story today as a part of our blog series "Then and Now." 

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

What Would You Ask an Adoptive Parent?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 18, 2018

Every stage of hoping-to-adopt comes with many questions, and sometimes those questions are best answered by people who have recently walked where you are today.

What would you most want to ask another Lifetime family? If you sat down with three adoptive moms, what would you want to talk about?

Next Thursday, Lifetime is hosting a free webinar with a panel of three Lifetime adoptive parents. They're eager to answer your questions, as someone hoping to adopt. Ally, Rachel, and Tequila will speak from their families' personal experiences through adoption. This is a great opportunity for any future adoptive parent!

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Adoption Tips, Adoption webinar, Q&A webinar, adoption webinars, open adoption questions

What to Do If Your Parents Are Against Open Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 11, 2018

Here at Lifetime, we get asked questions like this one, about how to get family member's support for adoption:

"Our parents and grandparents don't seem to understand open adoption. Yesterday, my dad even asked me why we want the birth family to remain in our lives. How can we help them get on board?"

It's not surprising that your family members are anxious about the idea of an open adoption. After all, your parents are from a different generation, when closed adoption and secrecy were the norm. In the past, birth mothers were typically viewed negatively for being pregnant out of wedlock and for giving away or "abandoning" their children. As for the children, it wasn't common for them to be told they were adopted, let alone for them to have birth parents involved in their lives.

Thankfully, this doesn’t happen very often anymore, because of open adoption. Adoptees grow up with knowledge of their adoption from the start, and birth mother is able to receive updates on her child. Keep reading to get Lifetime's tips on how to gain your family members' support for your open adoption!

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Topics: Open Adoption