Adoptive Families Blog

7 of the Most-Asked Questions About Open Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 13, 2018

Most birth parents today seek some form of open adoption, and many adoptive parents do too. Once you've adopted and are joyfully living out your open adoption story, you may get questioned by those who are unfamiliar with the concept, asking "how does open adoption work?" 

Lifetime is sharing 7 of the most frequently-asked open adoption questions adoptive parents might hear about their relationship with their child’s birth parents. Plus, we're providing the answers to these questions, too!

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Open Adoption, open adoption visits, what is open adoption like?, is open adoption co-parenting?, open adoption questions

What Time of the Year Has the Most Adoptions?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 28, 2018

Here's a question that we were just asked, and wanted to share with you today: "Are there peak times of year when adoptions happen more than at other times?"

This is actually one of the most common questions we hear from hopeful adoptive parents! Keep reading to learn the answer.

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Domestic Adoption, domestic infant adoption, learn about adoption, open adoption questions

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

Get Expert Adoption Advice at This Q&A Webinar

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 16, 2018

You know all those questions about adoption that pop up in your mind while you're running errands, at work, or getting ready for bed?  Those are the exact adoption questions that you can ask the adoption experts, at Lifetime's upcoming Q&A webinar! 

Mark your calendar and join our adoption Q&A webinar next Thursday! It'll be a live webinar, with Lifetime's experienced and attentive adoption experts. We're looking forward to answering the most-asked questions hopeful adoptive parents may have. It's wise to learn all you can about domestic, interstate infant adoption before you start!

Next week's Q&A webinar is open to all hopeful adoptive parents, and it's free of charge! Lifetime's Q&A webinars about adoption are always informative and encouraging, no matter if you're just starting to consider adopting or if you're waiting to be chosen by a birth mother. You'll be able to get the answers you need to your adoption questions, and learn from the questions others ask as well!

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, I want to adopt a baby, adoption Q&A, adopt a baby, Q&A webinar, adoption webinars

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, Domestic Adoption, adoption checklists, Your Adoption Checklist, learn about 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, Open Adoption, Adoption Professionals, Infant adoption, adoption checklists, Your Adoption Checklist

Valuable Book Review of Called to Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 6, 2017

Many Christian couples are realizing the need to step forward in faith and adopt a baby or child. Our Founder Mardie Caldwell's book Called to Adoption is an amazing, information-packed resource for those who wish to learn more about the miracle of families created through adoption.

If you're thinking about domestic infant adoption, such a useful book is indispensable! Today, Lifetime is sharing one adoptive mother's book review of this Christian adoption book:

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Topics: Adoption, Adoption Questions, Christian Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption Book, Adopting a Baby, Called to Adoption, books about adoption, domestic infant adoption, Christian adoption book

Learn the Truth About Adoption in This Webinar!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 2, 2017

Last week, we gave you info on how to Get Expert Adoption Advice at Lifetime's Q&A Webinar. The recording of this adoption webinar is now available online for you to listen in. Discover the truth about the beauty of open adoption! You can tune in from wherever you are, using the GoToWebinar smart phone app. 

If adopting a baby has been on your mind, we know you'll benefit from this Adoption Q&A Webinar which Lifetime hosted. 

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Open Adoption, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Q&A webinar

Discover What You Need to Know About Your Adoption Professional

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 16, 2017

Choosing an adoption professional to work alongside you is an important step in the adoption process. No matter what type of adoption professional you’re hiring, there are some crucial questions to ask before committing. Most of these questions we’ve listed will apply to the hiring of qualified adoption facilitators, adoption attorneys, social workers and private agencies.

As you start your search for a professional who will become your partner in building your family through adoption: We’re sharing a list of 20 questions that you can ask adoption professionals in a phone interview. Feel free to save this list to your phone, Internet favorites, Pinterest, or simply print it out.

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Open Adoption, Adoption Professionals, Infant adoption

Questions on Infant Adoption Answered at Recent Webinar

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 9, 2016

We know this time of year often highlights the longing to add a child to your family. Friends and family at holiday parties ask questions about how things are going or what your next steps are as you pursue your family planning. The desire to adopt may feel even stronger or have become clearer as you dream about future Christmas seasons with a little one.

If infant adoption is on your mind more than ever right now, tune into a recent Adoption Q&A Webinar that Lifetime hosted. Our Adoption Experts took questions from adoptive parents in the audience. Their questions could very likely be ones that you also have! This webinar covered everything from how long your adoption wait may be, how birth mothers find adoptive couples, what couples should keep in mind when they seek adoption help, and more!

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Q&A webinar