Adoptive Families Blog

How Can We Make Adoption Affordable?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 16, 2018

If you're wondering how you'll possibly afford the costs associated with a domestic infant adoption, you're not alone. A lack of funds is the #1 reason otherwise qualified families state for not moving forward with adoption.

Adoptions can be expensive and include fees for the home study, agency, legal representation, facilitation fees and travel, among other items.

"We faced a financial issue 30 years ago when we were hoping to adopt. What we found is that when there's a will, there's a way," shares Mardie Caldwell, adoptive mother and Lifetime's Founder.

Today, Lifetime is giving you 6 tips that will help you make the adoption of your dreams much more affordable!

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Topics: Adoption fundraising, Adoption tax credit, Financial Assistance for Adoption, afford to adopt, adoption financing, how to afford adoption, employee adoption benefits

Why You Need to Research Adoption Benefits

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 28, 2017

Did you know that the top reason couples don't move forward with their plans to adopt is that they can't afford it? They're ready and excited to love a child through adoption but have financial concerns. Today, Lifetime is sharing why it's important to look into the adoption benefits your employer, insurance, or church offers, and how you can do that!

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Topics: adoption benefits, afford to adopt, how to afford adoption, employee adoption benefits

How Kicking Your Daily Starbucks Habit Can Help You Adopt Sooner

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on April 28, 2017

A hopeful adoptive couple, Kevin and Heidi, always seemed to be just getting back from Starbucks or were at a Starbucks looking at their cell phone while they waited for their daily latte fix.

Over the next few months, we got to know each other. They were worried about how they'd afford their upcoming adoption costs. They were seriously stressed about how they'd fund their adoption. Both Kevin and Heidi worked from home. Each morning, they'd go to Starbucks for a latte and a muffin and then return home. 

Their daily habit of a couple of lattes and muffins cost them $14 every day, and around $434 per month. I worked out the math, and over the course of a year, they ended up spending $5,200 a year at the popular coffee chain! 

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Topics: afford to adopt, how to afford adoption, fund an adoption, fund my adoption

“Why is Adoption So Expensive?" - How to Afford Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 14, 2016

Once you've started on your path towards adopting a baby or child, you may get asked, "Why is adoption so expensive?" The asker of questions like this could pose it in a negative way, perhaps even adding "Babies who need homes should be free!" Here are a few tips on how to answer prying questions about the cost of adoption:

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Topics: Adoption fundraising, afford to adopt, adoption financing, why is adoption expensive?, how to afford adoption, how much does it cost to adopt

How to Adopt Without Going Into Debt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 23, 2016

Many adoptive families budget, save, and get loans in order to afford to adopt. Then, they end up paying off loans for many years. But what if you could adopt without going into debt at the same time?

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Topics: Adoption Grants, cost of adopting, afford to adopt, adoption budget