Adoptive Families Blog

Adoption Webinar Next Week! Hear Lifetime Couple Silas & Dawn’s Story

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 15, 2018

Adoption stories are one of the most encouraging resources when you're hoping to adopt. You can get a lot of helpful answers and tips through listening to testimonies from people who have recently walked through the adoption process. Adoption starts to seem more simple and straightforward after hearing from others who were once where you are right now.

We hope you can join next Tuesday to hear Silas and Dawn’s adoption story. This Florida adoptive couple were blessed to adopt their son, Talon, through Lifetime Adoption last year. Keep reading to learn how you can watch this heartwarming adoption story!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Adoption process, Adoption journey, Adoption story

When Relatives Aren't Excited About Your Plans to Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 15, 2017

When you announce that you're adopting, you might be expecting family members to be excited for you. But some adoptive parents are shocked by indifferent reactions to their adoption news. Today, Lifetime is sharing a few tips to cope with this situation!

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Topics: Relationships, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption process, Adopting a child, Adoption preparation, adopt a baby

5 Halloween Traditions You Can Share With Your Adopted Child

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 25, 2017

Many of us have such great memories of the Halloween traditions we took part in when we were children. While you’re in your adoption wait, think about the Halloween traditions you’d like to establish with your future child.

If you’ve created a Facebook page to spread the word about your adoption hopes, posting photos and videos of you enjoying Halloween traditions is a great way to show birth mothers what family life would be like for her child in your family. Since it can sometimes be challenging to figure out your own unique family traditions, today we’re offering you five ideas for inspiration!

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Topics: Adoption process, Adoption journey, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait

Get Expert Advice on the Adoption Tax Credit

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 6, 2017

If you're exploring your adoption financing options, you’ve probably heard of the Adoption Tax Credit. Many hopeful adoptive couples have found it challenging to make sense of how it works or how they can apply it to their taxes.

Then you'll want to mark your calendar and come to our free adoption webinar on the tax credit on Thursday, October 19th at 3:00 pm Pacific/6:00 Eastern. This will be an information-packed webinar, with special guest and well-known tax expert, Becky Wilmoth. She is an EA (Enrolled Agent) with Bill's Tax Service in Centralia, Illinois. 

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Topics: Open Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Adoption process, Adoption tax credit, Adoption journey, adoption financing

What to Do If Your Spouse is Reluctant to Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 4, 2017

When the idea of adopting comes up, one spouse might be reluctant to move forward. If prospective adoptive parents don't agree on the decision to adopt a child, it doesn’t mean that you have an unhealthy relationship, or that you won’t eventually find common ground. Keep reading to learn how you can work through this issue before embarking on an adoption journey together!

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Topics: adoption counseling, Adoption process, Adopting a child, Adoption preparation, infertility to adoption,, adopt a baby, fertility treatments, failed fertility treatments

5 Things to Do for Your Adoption this Labor Day Weekend

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 1, 2017

Many of us look forward to Labor Day, a hassle-free day away from work. This national holiday, held on the first Monday each September, marks the end of summer. Since you’ll have a three-day weekend, why not spend part of your Labor Day working towards your adoption? It will bring you one step closer to realizing your dreams of adopting!

Keep reading to get ideas on how you can use Labor Day to put a check mark next to many of your adoption to-do list items!

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Topics: Adoption process, Adoption journey, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, adoption video,, how to handle the adoption wait

Facebook LIVE Video—How to Talk to Your Family About Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 23, 2017

Every Friday afternoon, we live-stream a short video on our Facebook page, Lifetime Adoption Center. In this Facebook Live video, we covered a topic that many adoptive parents have asked us about. And that topic is how to share about your adoption process with your family members.

Whether you’re just starting to explore adoption or you’re in the adoption wait, sometimes sharing your plans with your family can be a mixed blessing.

Lifetime Adoption's Director Heather Featherston and Senior Coordinator of New Family Services Jen Donnelly appeared in the video and provided their adoption knowledge. Today, we're giving you access to their expertise as well!

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, Adoption process, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, adoption expert, Lifetime Adoption Facebook LIVE, Facebook LIVE

Adoption Webinar Next Week! Hear Lifetime Couple Mike & Vyce’s Story

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 28, 2017

When you're thinking about adopting, or going through the adoption process, each adoption story you hear gives you encouragement and help. Every story from an adoptive family is as one-of-a-kind in the details as the people involved.

Join us on Thursday, August 3, 2017 for a touching testimony of faith through infant loss and a trust in God's call to grow a family through adoption. 

Vyce, a Lifetime adoptive mom, is going to share her story. She and her husband's path to parenthood happened after a heartbreaking loss. Their adoption story could only be described as heaven-sent.

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Topics: Open Adoption, African American adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Adoption process, Adoption journey, Adoption story

7 Tips to Manage Your Stress While Adopting

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 24, 2017

Stress is part of our everyday life. But when you add in the process of adopting, stress can feel more intense.  No matter what your path to adoption is, there's a lot of work and time involved in the process. 

Stress can be positive: it increases our productivity and senses, two very important things during your adoption process. But too much stress can create problems, both physical and emotional. By learning how to handle your adoption stress in a positive way now, you'll have better stress management habits once you're juggling a new child into your routine.

Here are 7 tips for managing your adoption stress in a healthy way:

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Topics: Adoption process, Adoption journey, adoption stress

Mother's Day Adoption Webinar! Deanna's Story

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 5, 2017

Here at Lifetime, we know that many waiting adoptive mothers face Mother’s Day with mixed emotions. Last year, just a few days before Mother’s Day, adoptive parents David and Deanna were planning for yet another Mother’s Day waiting for a baby. But instead, we called them about a birth mother who was in labor with a with a baby girl. She had chosen David and Deanna for her daughter's adoptive parents!

In a future webinar, Deanna will talk about her beautiful adoption story. She looks forward to sharing about her adoption journey with parents in-waiting in the hopes that it encourages you. David and Deanna's story is a testimony of faith and perseverance!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Mother's Day, Adoption process, Adoption journey, Adoption story, adoptive mother