Adoptive Families Blog

Top Tip for Adoption Success That Won’t Cost You a Dime!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 25, 2018

Today's we're sharing a top adoption tip from Lifetime's Founder & adoptive mother, Mardie Caldwell!

"From your very first impression through to the finalization of your adoption, a little sweetness goes a long way with your adoption professional AND with birth mothers.

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Topics: Communication, Adoption Tips, Adoption Professionals, adoption tip, adoption expert Mardie Caldwell

Do You Hope to Adopt a Child of Another Race?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 23, 2018

Part of the domestic adoption process is deciding on your preferences, or search criteria. The best way to decide your adoption preferences is to learn as much as you can. This allows you to become confident that your preferences will lead to an adoption opportunity you can eagerly and comfortable accept.

Have you been considering the adoption of a child whose race is different than your own? Or maybe you’ve wondered how you'll talk about adoption with your future child. In any case, our Q&A webinar on transracial adoption will be a helpful resource. In this webinar, a panel of adoptive mothers gave tips and shared their experience with interracial adoption.

Keep on reading to listen to this valuable webinar on transracial adoption!

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Adoption webinar, adoption Q&A, Trans-Racial Adoptions, transracial adoption

6 Ways to Improve Your Connection with a Birth Mother

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 29, 2018

Even after completing your home study, creating a wonderful profile, and rehearsing what you'll say in that first phone call with a birth mother, you might still be overlooking an important part of the child adoption process that leads to successful adoptions. And that's to genuinely connect with a birth mother.

Join Lifetime as we share 6 ways to extend yourself to a birth mother and improve your connection with her!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption Tips, relationship with birth mother, modern adoption

Get 4 Practical Ways to Bond With Your Baby

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 24, 2018

Many people believe that bonding with your newly adopted baby should happen instantly and magically. But the reality is that bonding takes dedication and time.

The good news is that you can bond with your newly adopted baby, with intention. Here are 4 practical techniques to bond with your adopted child:

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption Tips, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adopting a Baby, adopt a baby, attachment in adoption, domestic infant adoption

8 Goals to Set in 2018 That Will Help You Adopt a Baby

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 5, 2018

As you begin preparing for adoption, setting goals can be powerful; you're accomplishing milestones which you set for yourself. Today, we're encouraging you to think about your adoption goals for 2018. 

Setting goals is just the first step in achieving them — you need a plan and a system in place to keep you on track. We hope that in the New Year you find the resources you need for a successful and safe adoption, and a renewed hope as you look forward to the day that you'll adopt a baby. Here are 8 goals to set when preparing for adoption:

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, I want to adopt a baby, domestic infant adoption

5 Ways to Realize Your New Year's Resolution of Adopting

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 1, 2018

With each new year comes new possibilities and hope for the future. It also offers the opportunity for commitment to a New Year’s resolution. Are you hoping to adopt in 2018?

We’ve all heard the saying “there's no time like the present.” Unlike New Year’s resolutions to lose 50 pounds or exercise more, building a family is a resolution that you don't set to get attention or to please others. The rewards that you get from becoming a parent will mean more to you than all of those superficial things. The life-changing event of adoption will be the start of a fresh chapter in your marriage and your family's history.

So today, Lifetime is going to share five steps to adoption to take into consideration this New Year:

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption Tips, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, I want to adopt a baby, how to afford adoption

Improving the Lives of Others on 'Make a Difference Day'

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 27, 2017

Did you know that tomorrow is national 'Make a Difference Day'? On October 28th, volunteers across U.S. unite for Make A Difference Day, the largest single-day of service nationwide annually. This day was founded in 1992, with the goal of improving the lives of others. 

Tomorrow, consider giving back to the cause of adoption. The nonprofit organization Lifetime Adoption Foundation supports children, women, and families in domestic open adoption. They provide support to birth mothers through scholarships, food, clothing, and assistance with other needs. The Foundation also provides adoption grants to hopeful adoptive parents. Every contribution (no matter how small) will make a difference in the lives of children, birth mothers, and adoptive parents.  Keep reading to learn how you can contribute!

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Topics: Adoption, Adoption Gifts, Adoption Tips, Birthmother, Lifetime Adoption Foundation, Lifetime Foundation, adoption non-profit

Get 5 Tips for Bonding With Your Baby

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 20, 2017

This post originally appeared on our blog a couple of years ago as "Bonding with Baby after Infant Adoption," and we've refreshed it for 2017.

Some adoptive parents expect to feel a bond with their adopted baby right away. Right now, you might be feeling worried and uncertain…what if you don’t feel a connection? Lifetime knows that there are special bonds which develop between adoptive parents and their babies. Like many other areas of being a parent, bonding with a baby will take work and dedication. Today, we're sharing 5 tips for bonding with your adopted baby!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption Tips, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adopting a Baby, adopt a baby, attachment in adoption, domestic infant adoption

How to Plan for Life After the Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 13, 2017

Now is the time to prepare for the emotions and challenges that will accompany the joys and delights of parenthood through adoption. Make sure to have a plan for life after adoption. Today, Lifetime shares 11 things that you can do now, so you're ready for what the future holds!

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt

8 Pointers for a Successful Adoption: Lifetime Mother Shares Her Secrets

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 26, 2017

Plus, 4 tips on what NOT to do!

"My husband and I are with an adoption agency and have been waiting for 10 months. Our profile has gone out to birth mothers but there hasn't been any interest yet. What should we do to be seen by more birth mothers? Any tips for what we should be doing as we wait to be picked?"

We're sharing the answer a Lifetime adoptive mother provided, her 8 pointers for a successful adoption, and 4 tips on adoption to avoid!

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Adoption success, I want to adopt a baby, adopt a baby