Adoptive Families Blog

Before You Adopt: Travel

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Feb 13, 2017 7:01:00 AM

Waiting for most anything - especially something as important as adding to becoming parents – can feel agonizing. There’s a lot of waiting involved in the infant adoption process. So in today’s edition of Before You Adopt, we’re sharing about a fun activity you can do while you wait to be chosen by a birth mother: travel.

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

Before You Adopt: Write in an Adoption Blog

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Feb 9, 2017 7:05:00 AM

The adoption wait can be an exciting, emotional, frightening, and joyful time. One thing it isn’t is predictable. Adoptions don’t usually happen in an organized, scheduled manner. Waiting to adopt is a time when you have little or no control over much of what occurs. What you do have control over is what you can do to get ready for baby before you adopt. 

 In today’s "Before You Adopt" series installment, we’ll be sharing about the benefits of writing in a journal or blog about adoption during your wait. Remember, you can direct your part in the adoption wait. You can’t control all the details, but you can control your response.

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Topics: Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, Adoption story, adoption readiness, how to handle the adoption wait, before you adopt, adoption blog, adoption blogs, blogging aboout adoption

How to Support Your Spouse During the Adoption Wait

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Jan 30, 2017 6:57:00 AM

If you're adopting as a married couple, how can you support your spouse through the process of adoption? Lifetime Adoption recognizes that the adoption process (and the waiting) can be challenging in different ways to each spouse. In this post, you’ll discover how you can remain focused on moving forward, while still enjoying this current season in your marriage.

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Topics: Relationships, Marriage, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, how to handle the adoption wait

Before You Adopt: Start a Baby Registry

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Jan 23, 2017 6:56:00 AM

"How long will we be waiting to adopt a baby?!" This is one of the biggest questions that hopeful adoptive couples have. And, the waiting phase is likely the most difficult thing to do in your adoption journey. So today, Lifetime is giving you another installment in our series Before You Adopt, which shares productive activities that you can do during your adoption wait.

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

Adoption Q&A: Excitement and Panic During the Adoption Process

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Jan 6, 2017 7:03:00 AM

Question: My husband and I are two months into our adoption journey with Lifetime, and I’m wondering if it’s normal to go between excitement and panic about most every part of the adoption process?

I worry about things like whether we’ll pass our home study, how long we’ll wait, and if any birth mother will choose us.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption journey, Waiting to Adopt, adoption Q&A, adoption wait, how to handle the adoption wait

6 Handy Tips for Your Adoption Wait During the Holidays

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Dec 16, 2016 8:23:02 AM

The wait to adopt might feel extra difficult during the holiday season. Today, we’re sharing tips that will help you survive the holidays during your adoption wait.

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Topics: Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, how to handle the adoption wait

Before You Adopt: Babyproofing Your Home

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Oct 3, 2016 11:15:49 AM

Lifetime is starting a brand-new blog series, called “Before You Adopt.” Each week, we’ll be sharing about constructive activities that you can be doing as you wait to be chosen by your future baby’s birth mother!

Keeping busy during your adoption wait is a wonderfully effective way to cope.  Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do during this time to ready yourselves for the baby meant for your family!

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Topics: adoption wait, how to handle the adoption wait, before you adopt, babyproofing

11 Anti-Stress Tips for Your Adoption Wait (and one BONUS tip!)

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Aug 19, 2016 9:29:51 AM

Stress is your body’s natural reaction to anxiety, pressure, and change. Many adoptive families get stressed as they wait to be chosen by a birth mother. Stress in lower amounts can help make life eventful and stimulating. However, if you have too much stress, it’s bad for you both mentally and physically. For the sake of your happiness and health, we encourage you to recognize and manage stress about your adoption wait. In this post, we share some signs of stress and tips for handling it.

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Topics: Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, how to handle the adoption wait