Adoptive Families Blog

7 Things You Can Do To Help Your Child’s Birth Mom after Placement

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Jun 6, 2016 10:47:28 AM

Post-placement, it’s important to keep the lines of communication open with your child’s birth mom. Giving up your baby for adoption comes with an overwhelming amount of emotions. If she needs to talk, talk to her! Remember to honor the commitment you made to your child’s birth mom about an open adoption. Join us in this post as we share 7 things you can do to help her after placement:

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Topics: birth mother, Open Adoption, birth mom, relationship with birth mother

Cookie Cutter Adoption?

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on May 19, 2016 2:40:44 PM

Open Adoption With One Birth Mother,
Semi-Open With Another?

Dear Mardie,

We are ready to adopt again, but this time, we do not want to be as open to birth mother contact.  Specifically, we do not want to be open to visits. Our daughter’s birth mother had specified that she only wanted pictures and letters. We wouldn’t want one child to have visits with a birth mother and not the other – it would just seem unfair and maybe confusing.  Is that okay?

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Topics: birth mother, Open Adoption, open adoption visits, relationship with birth mother, semi-open adoption

10 Creative Birth Mother Gift Ideas for Birth Mother’s Day

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on Apr 29, 2016 10:05:15 AM

Dear Mardie,
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I want to give a gift to my daughter’s birth mother to honor her and the choice she made. Do you think it’s appropriate to send a card or gift?

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Topics: Birthmother's Day, birth mother, Open Adoption, Birth Mother's Day, Mother's Day

Is It Right to Call Her a Birth Mother Before Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Mar 10, 2016 8:30:00 AM

I recently have seen some posts online about how the phrase ‘birth mother’ shouldn’t be used until after a woman places a baby for adoption.  Is it right to call her a birth mother before adoption?

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Topics: birth mother, Domestic Adoption, Birth Mothers

What Are Birth Moms Looking For? (Part 2)

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Jan 5, 2016 9:26:00 AM

Infant Adoption Guide has just aired part 2 of its two-part podcast series "What birthmoms are looking for in hopeful adoptive parents." Visit our previous blog post to learn about part one. And, you can download and/or listen to part 1 over at InfantAdoptionGuide.com.

In part two, Infant Adoption Guide continues to interview Lifetime Adoption's Outreach Coordinator Libby Denniston about what birth mothers are looking for in hopeful adoptive parents. Libby shares her experience helping birth mothers connect with the adoptive parents they seek through open adoption.

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Topics: birth mother, Talking to Birthmothers, Infant adoption, adoption tip, adopt a baby

What Are Birth Moms Looking For?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Dec 14, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Our partners at Infant Adoption Guide recently interviewed Lifetime Adoption's Outreach Coordinator Libby Denniston about what birth mothers are looking for in hopeful adoptive parents. Discover some vital things that you need to know about birth moms, as well as what open adoption looks like.

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Topics: birth mother, Talking to Birthmothers, Infant adoption, adoption tip, adopt a baby

Nervous About Birth Parents?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Nov 24, 2015 10:08:00 AM

Are you nervous about talking to and potentially meeting the birth parents who are thinking of matching with you? You may be wondering what they're like, what they'll ask, how you should act, and what you should say.

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Topics: birth mother, visit with birth family

Honored to Be There for Women Considering Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Sep 8, 2015 1:19:00 PM

We know it helps to get a look at some of the behind-the-scenes activity happening at Lifetime. Today, we’re inspired to share an email from a woman who was considering adoption. To us, it shows how much thought goes into each woman’s adoption planning, but is also a sweet reminder that regardless of her decision, she DOES notice the support she receives AND the adoptive parents she learns about.

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Topics: birth mother, Adoption process, Birth Mothers, How Does Adoption Work

What Adoptive Parents Ask – Part 1

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Jul 27, 2015 12:20:00 PM

This Q&A is part one in our blog series What Adoptive Parents Ask.

Adoptive parents ask: "I read about a possible birth mother on your site that would be a perfect match for us. Can you make sure she knows about us?"

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Topics: birth mother, Adoption Questions, Birth Mothers