Adoptive Families Blog

Mother's Day Takes on the Meaning You Give It

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on May 11, 2018

My first Mother's Day was pretty exciting! There had been a lot of pain before that: I’d lost seven pregnancies, really wanted to become a mother, and had been waiting to be chosen by a birth mother. There were times we were thinking we were going to be parents and we weren't, and I always had some feelings around Mother's Day. I had a miscarriage a week before Mother's Day, which was really hard. And then I had another one ON Mother's Day. We were getting ready to go to church, and I knew I was losing the baby!

A lot of the time on Mother's Day, I just wanted to curl up in bed and forget the whole day because it can be really painful. I'm sure that some of the other adoptive moms out there might feel like that too. You’re around people (especially at church) who are celebrating moms. In the past, they’d have all the mothers at my church stand up, and that was really painful.

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Topics: Birth Mother's Day, Mother's Day, Holidays, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, how to handle the adoption wait, National Birth Mother's Day

How to Know When You Need Counseling During Your Adoption Wait

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 16, 2018

During your adoption wait, you might find that you need extra help to work through some of the emotions that arise. Seeking help from a licensed adoption counselor can be an invaluable tool in learning ways of coping, reacting, or addressing some of the challenges and feelings.

Please know that there's no "wrong" reason for seeking adoption counseling services when you're waiting to adopt. After all, the wait can be stressful and filled with anxious highs and disappointing lows. 

Here are a few examples of scenarios for which previous adoptive families have sought adoption counseling services:

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Topics: Adoption journey, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, how to handle the adoption wait, marriage counseling, counseling

7 Tips for Easter When You’re Waiting to Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 30, 2018

The Easter holiday is a time for family, worship, fellowship, and food. We come together with loved ones to celebrate and worship. Yet for many waiting adoptive families, holidays like Easter that center on children and family can be difficult.

There's no magic formula to “survive the holidays” while you wait to be chosen by a birth mother. What you can do to prepare is to recognize that holidays like Easter may be difficult, and to accept your emotions when they come. Here are 7 tips to help you not only get through the Easter holiday while you wait but to celebrate too:

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Topics: Christian Adoption, adoption wait, how to handle the adoption wait, Easter blessing

How to Find the Right Adoption Support Group for You

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 7, 2018

If you could use extra emotional support while you wait for your baby, you might be wondering if an adoption support group is right for you. Adoption support groups can provide you with a healthy, supportive community during your adoption journey.

There are so many different support groups out there, and you might be wondering which one to join. Follow Lifetime as we share practical tips on what to look for in a support group so that you can find the right group for you!

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, adoption wait, Support adoption, how to handle the adoption wait, adoption support groups, adoption support group

6 Things to Pay Attention to When You’re Waiting to Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 5, 2018

You've checked everything off your adoption checklist, and now you're in the adoption wait. Waiting for a birth mother to choose you for an adoption match can be an incredibly trying time. The ups, downs, and unknowns of waiting for adoption can become all-consuming. During this time, some waiting adoptive parents start unknowingly neglecting that which matters most to them.

Today, Lifetime is sharing 6 things that parents waiting for adoption should avoid neglecting:

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

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

In the Adoption Wait? Get Our Holiday Survival Tips

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 4, 2017

Family gatherings and Christmas traditions make this a fun, exciting time of year for most people. But for couples waiting for adoption, the holiday season might become a time of added pressure and disappointment. Loved ones mean well but ask questions or make remarks that feel hurtful or seem insensitive.

A common question from hopeful parents waiting for a child is: "How do we get through the holidays?" Keep reading to get Lifetime’s advice for adoptive parents waiting to adopt this holiday season!

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

Your Adoption is All in His Timing

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on September 29, 2017

"Children are a heritage from the Lord and a reward from Him."
-Psalm 127:3.

Get tips on how you and your spouse can pray for each other while you wait for a birth mother to choose you!

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Topics: Christian Adoption, Mardie Caldwell, Adoption prayer, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, how to handle the adoption wait, praying for your adoption

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