Adoptive Families Blog

Adopting an Older Child? Here's Your Shopping Checklist

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 2, 2018

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: older child adoption, adopting an older child, Adopting a child, adoption shopping checklist, adoption shopping, Your Adoption Checklist, adoption checklists

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, adoption checklists, Your Adoption Checklist, Domestic Adoption, Home study, Adoption Home Study

Your Checklist for Learning About Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 9, 2018

Lifetime recently launched a new blog series, "Your Adoption Checklist." With this series, we will share practical, easy-to-follow checklists that will give you guidance during your adoption journey. In the first installment of this series, we shared a checklist of 20 questions to ask potential adoption professionals

Today, we’re sharing methods that can help you effectively learn about the adoption process. There are many facets to domestic, infant adoption. It's important for hopeful adoptive parents to educate themselves on as many areas of domestic adoption as they can, to ensure a healthy, safe adoption journey.

Here's our checklist of 7 practical ways that you can effectively learn more about the domestic adoption process:

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Open Adoption, Infant adoption, adoption checklists, Your Adoption Checklist, learn about adoption, Domestic Adoption

Your Checklist for Choosing an Adoption Professional

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 17, 2018

Lifetime Adoption is pleased to announce a brand-new blog series we're launching today, "Your Adoption Checklist." And we're starting with a checklist for the very beginning of how to start the adoption process: interviewing and choosing the adoption professional you'll hire. There are crucial questions to ask before you commit to an adoption professional, no matter what their specialty is. 

Checklists are beneficial because they can cut down on some of the stress surrounding the adoption process. Also, studies have shown that checklists are valuable tools for avoiding human error. Those in high-stakes careers use checklists for exactly this reason. For example, surgeons who use checklists see a 38% reduction in post-surgery complications.* 

So without further ado, here's a checklist of 20 important questions to ask adoption professionals:

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Adoption Professionals, Open Adoption, Infant adoption, adoption checklists, Your Adoption Checklist

Adoption Registry: Shopping Checklist for Parents-in-Waiting

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 2, 2016

Here's our follow-up to last week's post, Buying for Baby: Should we stock up now or later?

So you’re ready to start your adoption registry or wish list, but aren’t sure where to start? Lifetime has created this adoption shopping checklist so you can be sure you have all the needed essentials on your registry for adoption.

Remember, you may need to customize your own list, based on your adoption search goals. For example, if you’re open to a child between the ages of newborn to 2 years old, you may not want to stock up on newborn clothing or buy an infant car seat until you know for sure the age and needs of the specific child you adopt.

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Topics: adopt a baby, Infant adoption, Newborn Adoption, adoption shopping, adoption shopping checklist, what to pack when traveling for your adoption, adoption travel tips, Your Adoption Checklist, adoption checklists