Adoptive Families Blog

Adopting an Older Child? Here's Your Shopping Checklist

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Sep 16, 2016 10:14:09 AM

When you're preparing for an older child adoption, it's smart to register for all the gear you need ahead of time. We have heard from adoptive families who created a wish list or online registry at Amazon.

Then, once they're traveling for adoption, friends and family can purchase needed items from their list. These items can be shipped to their home or their hotel when they know they'll need them. This allows adoptive couples to enjoy the excitement of registering, but avoid having all those items sitting around while they wait to be chosen by a birth mother. 

Lifetime has built this adoption shopping checklist, so you can be sure you have all the needed essentials for adopting an older child. You can see our suggestions for an infant adoption registry in our previous post, Adoption Registry: Shopping Checklist for Parents-in-Waiting

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Topics: Adopting a child, older child adoption, adopting an older child, adoption shopping, adoption shopping checklist

Lifetime Made Our Family Possible

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Oct 8, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Our staff of Adoption Coordinators at Lifetime Adoption regularly get emails from Lifetime adoptive couples on how life is going after adoption. These couples email us updates, photos, and words of gratitude for the work we did to help them adopt. So, we were thrilled to get this email from adoptive mother Amy:

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, Adopting a child, Adoption Update, Adopting a Baby

Gender Preferences Affect Your Adoption Wait

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Jul 14, 2015 12:18:00 PM

In choosing your adoption preferences, it’s vital that you take a look at how flexible you are in your preferences, and how long you are willing to wait for a match.

When an adoptive couple becomes fully active, then the wait to be chosen starts. And the wait is mostly out of your control, with the exception of these three items: gender preference, profile, and budget.

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Topics: Adopting a child, Adopting a Baby, adoption wait

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

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

Benefits of Open Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Nov 13, 2014 2:27:40 AM

There are many benefits to having an open adoption plan with your baby’s birth mother. One benefit is that the two parties have an opportunity to get to know each other BEFORE the adoption happens.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adopting a child, Adoption success

Lifetime’s Available Adoption Situations

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Nov 11, 2014 2:38:54 AM

Here are a few of Lifetime Adoption’s most recent adoption situations. By reading about our available adoption opportunities, you can determine if Lifetime Adoption is a good fit for what you’re seeking in domestic adoption and open adoption.

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Topics: Adopting a child

Open Adoption: What The Experts Say

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Nov 3, 2014 5:43:00 AM

Open adoption is a relatively new practice, yet it is widely supported across the United States and by a variety of adoption and child development experts.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adopting a child

Don’t Give Up on Your Goals to Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Oct 30, 2014 3:39:44 AM

Here’s a little adoption encouragement via Proverbs 31 Ministries. In anything you're striving to reach, don't tire of doing good (toward your goal) and don't give up!

"So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up." Galatians 6:9

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Topics: Adopting a child

Worried About the Cost of Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Oct 27, 2014 6:39:16 AM

Adoption can give you the family you’ve always dreamed of having. It can be the greatest journey and joy of your life, and give you the greatest of blessings: a child of your own.

Many families would love to experience this joy and blessing for themselves; however, they are worried about the cost of adoption. The costs of a private adoption vary and are based on many different factors, but there are always expenses. And while these expenses are well worth it, the fact remains that cost is a very real concern for most families.

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Topics: Adopting a child