Adoptive Families Blog

4 Simple Ways to Know If You're Ready to Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 20, 2018

Are you thinking about adopting a baby or child? Before you begin pursuing adoption, it's important to determine if you're truly ready. Also known as "adoption readiness," it can seem like a tricky thing to pinpoint yourself. Many couples wonder how to know when's the right time to stop trying for a biological child and start the adoption process.

So today, Lifetime is sharing four simple ways to know whether you're ready to adopt:

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Topics: Open Adoption, infertility to adoption,, adoption readiness, adopt a baby, miscarriage, ready to adopt

Before You Adopt: Explore Your City

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 8, 2018

For many couples, waiting to be chosen as adoptive parents can feel agonizing. There’s a certain amount of waiting to be expected in the infant adoption process. That's why at Lifetime, we encourage you to make the most while you're waiting for adoption in our blog series "Before You Adopt."

In this blog series for hopeful adoptive parents, we encourage you to do productive activities such as taking a childcare class, building your adoption budget, and getting practice with parenting before adoption. Today, we’re sharing a fun activity you can do while you wait to be chosen by a birth mother: explore your city.

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Topics: Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, adoption readiness, how to handle the adoption wait, before you adopt

Before You Adopt: Create a Keepsake

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 9, 2017

Keeping busy during your adoption wait is a great way to persevere.  Fortunately, there’s a lot that you can be doing as you wait for a birth mother to match with you!  Right now, you have more time to get things done than you will when you become parents. 

So in today’s entry of Lifetime’s blog series "Before you Adopt," we're sharing about another project to do during your adoption wait - create a keepsake for your future child.

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Topics: Adoption journey, Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, adoption readiness, how to handle the adoption wait, before you adopt

Before You Adopt: Work on Your "Someday" List

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 25, 2017

Waiting for something as life-changing as becoming parents can start to feel tortuous. There’s a fair share of waiting in the infant adoption process. That's why at Lifetime, we encourage you to make the most while you're waiting for adoption.

So in today’s edition of Before You Adopt, we’re sharing about another activity you can do while you wait to be chosen by a birth mother: work on your "I'll do it someday" list!

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Topics: Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, adoption readiness, how to handle the adoption wait, before you adopt

Before You Adopt: Keep Your Marriage Fresh

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 21, 2017

For many hopeful adoptive parents, there's a lot of waiting involved in the process. We know that something as important as waiting for adoption can start to feel agonizing!

So in today’s installment of our blog series Before You Adopt, we’re sharing about another thing you can do while you wait to be chosen by a birth mother: keep your marriage fresh.

Lifetime has seen that many times, the adoption wait can put a strain on a couple's marriage. Today we're sharing tips on how you can keep your marriage fresh during your adoption process.

Here are just 5 ways that you can show your spouse you love them:

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Topics: Relationships, Marriage, Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, adoption readiness, how to handle the adoption wait, before you adopt

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

When is the Perfect Time to Adopt?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 30, 2017

We’re all striving towards our ideal life. This might mean scoring the perfect, well-paying job, marrying the man of your dreams, or choosing just the perfect time to have a baby. Everyone has their “perfect life plan." However, real life rarely turns out how we expected it to. When things don’t go just like we’d hoped, we need to be ready to change our expectations of what a perfect life is to us. Living life to the fullest sometimes involves making changes along the way as we follow God's plans. Lifetime sees this in couples and their plans to build a family.

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, adoption readiness, adopt a child, adopt a baby, domestic infant adoption

Before You Adopt: Pamper Yourself

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 19, 2017

Infant adoption is a beautifully life-changing experience. In today's installment of our "Before You Adopt" series, we're sharing about another activity that you can do before you adopt: pamper yourself. Parenting will be an exciting (yet challenging!) adventure, so now's the perfect time to spoil, pamper, and indulge yourself. Finding the right pampering activity for you can really help lessen your adoption wait anxiety!

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Topics: Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, adoption readiness, how to handle the adoption wait, before you adopt

Before You Adopt: Learn About Birth Mothers

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 12, 2017

As you wait for a birth mother to choose you, there may be a wide range of emotions you're experiencing from excitement to apprehension. Adoption is unpredictable: adoptions don’t typically occur in an organized, scheduled way. You may feel that you have little to no control over what happens during your adoption wait.  But you do have control: you can control what you're doing to get ready for an adoption match. 

In this episode of our "Before You Adopt" series, we're sharing about another activity that you can do before you adopt, and that's to learn more about birth mothers. Read on to discover why educating yourselves about birth mothers now will benefit you later!

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Topics: Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, Adoption story, Birth Mothers, adoption readiness, birth mother stories, how to handle the adoption wait, before you adopt

Before You Adopt: Develop a Healthy Nutrition Plan

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 2, 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."

You remember that a few months back, we blogged about getting in shape before you adoptIn today's installment of this blog series, we're offering tips on another healthy activity you can do as you wait to be picked by a birth mother: develop a high-quality, nutritious eating plan. 

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, adoption readiness, before you adopt, healthy eating