Adoptive Families Blog

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

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

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

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

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: before you adopt, adoption readiness, Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt, how to handle the adoption wait, Adoption fundraising, fund an adoption, fund my adoption, fund your adoption, raising money for adoption, adoption budget

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

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

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

Before You Adopt: Prepare for Bottle Feeding On the Go

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 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."

In today's episode of this blog series, we're offering tips on another activity you can do before adoption placement: prepare for bottle feeding on the go. As you wait for ICPC to clear in your birth mom’s state, you’ll probably be staying in a hotel. (More on ICPC, what it is, and how you can make the ICPC wait a beautiful time here).

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Topics: before you adopt, adoption readiness, Adoption preparation, adoption wait, Waiting to Adopt, Open Adoption, bottle feeding adopted baby

Before You Adopt: Prepare Your Pets

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 20, 2017

Adoption is your chosen path to parenthood, and as you may know, it's a process. When the wait starts to seems unbearable, you'll need to exercise patience. Remember, since adoption is a process, it won't happen overnight. 

In today’s "Before You Adopt" series installment, we’ll be sharing about how you prepare your pets for the arrival of a baby or child. Read on to learn more about pets and adoption, and how this productive activity can be performed as you wait to be chosen by a birth mother!

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