Adoptive Families Blog

Did You Know That There's an Adoption Symbol?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 11, 2018

Those who have been blessed by adoption want to honor their journey in a meaningful way. Many have used the symbol of adoption  to share their love for open adoption. As you can see in this image, the adoption symbol is a triangle interwoven with a red heart. Each side of the triangle symbolizes the adoption triad: adoptive family, birth family, and the adoptee. The heart intertwined represents the love involved in the relationship of adoption!

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, Adoption family, Birth Mothers, adoption triad, symbol of adoption, birth father, adoptee, adoption symbol

What Time of the Year Has the Most Adoptions?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 28, 2018

Here's a question that we were just asked, and wanted to share with you today: "Are there peak times of year when adoptions happen more than at other times?"

This is actually one of the most common questions we hear from hopeful adoptive parents! Keep reading to learn the answer.

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Domestic Adoption, domestic infant adoption, learn about adoption, open adoption questions

Your Checklist to Get Ready for Your Home Study

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 23, 2018

Welcome to the third piece of Lifetime's newest blog series, "Your Adoption Checklist!" Our goal in this series is to share practical, easy-to-follow checklists for you to use during your adoption journey. We've shared ways you can effectively learn more about domestic adoption, and we also provided this checklist of questions to ask potential adoption professionals in the series.

Many hopeful adoptive parents find the home study process to be overwhelming. So today, Lifetime's sharing an adoption home study checklist to help you get ready!

We want to note that regulations differ depending on what state you live in. So, we've made this home study checklist general enough to cover the variety of documents and clearances most will need. If your home has any safety concerns, the home study professional will usually let you know of the issue so that you have time to correct them before finishing the home study.

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Open Adoption, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption Home Study, Home study, adoption checklists, Your Adoption Checklist

Q&A Webinar: How to Make Important Decisions About Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 5, 2018

When you're thinking about adopting a child, the entire process can seem overwhelming at first.  There are so many questions to ask, and important decisions to make. The best thing to do is to keep on asking your questions, and check them off as you go. Lifetime's adoption Q&A webinars are some of the best ways to learn a variety of answers that will help you along your path through adoption.

No matter why you're pursuing domestic infant adoption, there will be important decisions to make as you plan your family’s future. Lifetime recently hosted a Q&A adoption webinar all about making important decisions in adoption. Keep reading to hear this webinar, and get our adoption experts' insight and experience on a variety of decisions you'll be making!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Adoption journey, domestic infant adoption

How to Talk to Your Children About Their Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 26, 2018

There's a lot to do when you're preparing to adopt. But what about preparing for family life after the adoption?

We recommend that you begin to get ready now for how you’ll talk about your family’s adoption story with your future child as they grow up.

Many hopeful adoptive parents ask, "How can I help my child understand their adoption story? How do I talk to my child about their adoption?" Lifetime recently held a webinar that answers these questions and more! Read on to learn helpful tips for talking with your kids about their adoption stories.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Adoption journey, domestic infant adoption

Should We Stop Using the Term "Birth Mother"?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 20, 2018

"I've recently seen a few articles online saying that people shouldn't use the term ‘birth mother' until after a woman places her baby for adoption. Should we stop using the term 'birth mother'? Is it proper to call her a birth mother before adoption?"

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Topics: birth mother, Domestic Adoption, Birth Mothers, positive adoption language

"How Old Can You Be and Still Adopt?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 19, 2018

There are many reasons that couples decide to pursue adoption in their 40s and later. They may have been putting off having children until their financial security became more established, or they might be hoping to create a family after remarriage. 

If this sounds like you, you might be wondering, “How old can you be and still adopt?"  Read on to learn about domestic infant adoption options for older parents at Lifetime!

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, Adopting a Baby, domestic infant adoption, adoption qualifications, older parent adoption

Get Expert Adoption Advice at This Q&A Webinar

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 16, 2018

You know all those questions about adoption that pop up in your mind while you're running errands, at work, or getting ready for bed?  Those are the exact adoption questions that you can ask the adoption experts, at Lifetime's upcoming Q&A webinar! 

Mark your calendar and join our adoption Q&A webinar next Thursday! It'll be a live webinar, with Lifetime's experienced and attentive adoption experts. We're looking forward to answering the most-asked questions hopeful adoptive parents may have. It's wise to learn all you can about domestic, interstate infant adoption before you start!

Next week's Q&A webinar is open to all hopeful adoptive parents, and it's free of charge! Lifetime's Q&A webinars about adoption are always informative and encouraging, no matter if you're just starting to consider adopting or if you're waiting to be chosen by a birth mother. You'll be able to get the answers you need to your adoption questions, and learn from the questions others ask as well!

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, I want to adopt a baby, adoption Q&A, adopt a baby, Q&A webinar, adoption webinars

Adoption is Love: Our Valentine's Day Message to You

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 14, 2018

Adoption IS LoveHappy Valentine's Day from Lifetime! We’re sending thoughts of love to all in the adoption triad: adoptive families, birth parents, and adoptees. Truly, love is something you get more of by sharing it!

In adoption, we can see love powerfully and abundantly present: it's unconditional, unselfish, and lasts forever. Join us as we take a look at the various ways that love is present in the adoption process!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Domestic Adoption, adoption is love, forever family

Your Checklist for Learning About Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 9, 2018

Lifetime recently launched a new blog series, "Your Adoption Checklist." With this series, we will share practical, easy-to-follow checklists that will give you guidance during your adoption journey. In the first installment of this series, we shared a checklist of 20 questions to ask potential adoption professionals

Today, we’re sharing methods that can help you effectively learn about the adoption process. There are many facets to domestic, infant adoption. It's important for hopeful adoptive parents to educate themselves on as many areas of domestic adoption as they can, to ensure a healthy, safe adoption journey.

Here's our checklist of 7 practical ways that you can effectively learn more about the domestic adoption process:

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Open Adoption, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, adoption checklists, Your Adoption Checklist, learn about adoption