Adoptive Families Blog

What Should I Know About the Adoption Home Study?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 20, 2018

One of the most common topics of worry or question among hopeful adoptive parents is about the home study..."What is a home study?" "How deep will they dig into our lives?" "Do we have to organize every closet and dust every corner?" and "Is there any reason we wouldn't be approved?" are just a few of the frequently-asked questions about adoption home studies.

The home study process exists to assess your ability to be parents. The home study provider is a social worker who is there to help get you ready for adoptive parenting, and to equip you for success. Keep reading to discover what the home study involves. We'll also share an exclusive Lifetime Adoption webinar, all about what you need to know about adoption home studies!

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Topics: Adoption Home Study, Home study, adoption readiness, ready to adopt

How Did They Adopt So Quickly?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 14, 2018

"My husband and I have been waiting to be chosen by a birth mother for almost two years now. Meanwhile, I keep seeing couples matching and adopting on the Lifetime website. I feel like it's not fair. How did they adopt so quickly? Why them and not us?!"

Right away, Lifetime's adoption professionals can recognize couples who will adopt sooner rather than later. These couples have resolved any infertility issues, and are now focusing on their adoption.

Their focus on adoption is so sharp that they're not trying to remodel their home or shop for a new car at the same time. These couples are putting all of their efforts and resources into their adoption. They're resourceful, organized, and proactive.

Keep reading to discover how you can speed up your adoption match!

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Topics: Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, adoption readiness, adoption match, domestic infant adoption, ready to adopt

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