Adoptive Families Blog

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 for an affordable adoption will help you make your adoption dreams come true!

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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

Before You Adopt: Build Your Adoption Budget

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 31, 2017

We hope that you've been able to learn about some helpful tasks and tips that you can do during your adoption wait in Lifetime Adoption's blog series "Before You Adopt."

During your adoption wait, you might experience a range of emotions, from excitement to worry. Adoption is one of those unpredictable things: adoptions don’t occur usually happen in an organized, scheduled way.

This causes many adoptive couples to feel like they have little to no control over what happens during their wait.  But know you do have control: you can control the actions you're taking to get ready for your adoption match. 

In this installment of Lifetime's "Before You Adopt" series, we're sharing about another activity that you can do before you adopt - budgeting and saving for adoption. Read on to learn about a money-saving activity you can be doing to raise the needed funds for your adoption match, adoption travel, and other fees.

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Topics: Adoption fundraising, Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt, raising money for adoption, adoption readiness, adoption budget, how to handle the adoption wait, before you adopt, fund an adoption, fund my adoption, fund your adoption

Fund Your Adoption With a Sensational Drive-Through BBQ

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 5, 2017

Fundraising can be a necessary and important part of the adoption process. Today, we’re giving you info about an effective (and creative!) way to fund your adoption. Try hosting a drive-through barbecue!

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Topics: Fundraising, Adoption fundraising, how to afford adoption, fund an adoption, fund my adoption, fund your adoption

Adoption Fundraising Through an Affiliate Program

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 19, 2017

When you think about adoption fundraising, your mind likely goes to things like silent auctions, yard sales, or spaghetti feeds. But today, we're sharing an easier way to raise money for adoption!

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Topics: Fundraising, Adoption fundraising, raising money for adoption, how to afford adoption, affiliate fundraising, how to raise money for adoption, raise money for your adoption

“Why is Adoption So Expensive?" - How to Afford Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 14, 2016

Once you've started on your path towards adopting a baby or child, you may get asked, "Why is adoption so expensive?" The asker of questions like this could pose it in a negative way, perhaps even adding "Babies who need homes should be free!" Here are a few tips on how to answer prying questions about the cost of adoption:

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Topics: Adoption fundraising, afford to adopt, adoption financing, why is adoption expensive?, how to afford adoption, how much does it cost to adopt

How We Funded Our Adoption: Adoptive Families Share

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 23, 2016

Have you been perplexed over how you'll afford to adopt? Lifetime asked our successful adoptive families for their advice on funding adoption on our Facebook page: "What tips, resources, or ideas worked for you to help finance your adoption fees? We know times change pretty quickly these days and it's helpful to stay on top of what's helping adoptive parents reach their adoption dream. What would you tell another adoptive parent who was concerned about covering the costs involved in adoption?" Here’s what adoptive families had to share about how they funded their adoption:

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Topics: Fundraising, Adoption fundraising, Adoption Grants, Financial Assistance for Adoption, adoption financing, adoption loan, adoption loans

Adoption Fundraising Through Facebook Sale Groups

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 26, 2016

Are you on Facebook? Then you already have the tools to raise money for your adoption at your fingertips! Consider selling items around your house that you rarely or never use on Facebook sale groups. We'll tell you how in this post...

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Topics: Fundraising, Adoption fundraising, adoption financing

Getting Started on the Road to Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 2, 2015

Once you’ve decided that adoption is the path you'll use to start your family, you're probably wondering how to start the process of adoption. Getting started can feel mind-boggling. Some of the questions on your mind may include: should we adopt through a facilitator or agency? Do we want an open adoption exchange with the birth parents? Can we afford to adopt? Here are some tips to help you discover the particulars of adopting a baby or child:

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Topics: Adoption Professionals, Adoption fundraising, Adoption Fees, adoption benefits

How do I support a family who is waiting to adopt?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 2, 2015

Many times, we want to be a help and support for families who are in the process of adopting. Perhaps they are waiting to be chosen by a birth mother, waiting to move forward until they have the funding in place, or even waiting until there is a spot available in the particular adoption program they have chosen.  We know that they are in a time or waiting and want to do something to support and celebrate their decision. But what can we do that is both supportive and appropriate during this time of waiting?

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Topics: Adoption, Adoption fundraising, Support adoption

How to Afford the Cost of Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 2, 2014

Lifetime Adoption recently asked our clients who have successfully adopted a baby or child through us: “How did you afford the cost of adoption?” Their answers will help as you start your domestic adoption journey:

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Topics: Adoption fundraising, Adoption journey, Adoption preparation