Adoptive Families Blog

Adoption Stories Then and Now - Justin and Jen

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 6, 2018

We're honored to be sharing Justin and Jen's beautiful domestic adoption story today as a part of our blog series "Then and Now." Adoptive mom Jen says, "We are so blessed and thankful to God and Harper's birth parents for placing her in our lives. She is our greatest joy!"

Keep reading to hear Justin and Jen's cherished adoption journey to their baby girl! 

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Topics: adoption stories, Infant adoption, Adoption story, Lifetime Babies, infertility to adoption,, adopt a baby, then and now

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

Adoption Stories Then and Now - Clayton and Sarah

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 14, 2018

We're honored to be sharing Clayton and Sarah's beautiful domestic adoption story today as a part of our blog series "Then and Now." Adoptive mom Sarah says, "We were constantly encouraged by reading and listening to other couple's adoption stories as we were in the wait. We hope that our story can do the same for currently waiting couples."

Keep reading to hear Clayton and Sarah's cherished adoption journey to their baby girl, Aubrey! 

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Topics: adoption stories, Infant adoption, Adoption story, Lifetime Babies, infertility to adoption,, adopt a baby, then and now

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

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

When It's Meant-To-Be in Open Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 2, 2018

Hopeful adoptive parents often go through questions and thoughts that cause them to wonder if they are on the right track pursuing adoption. Lifetime adoptive couple Silas and Dawn were no exception. Even as they traveled to meet their newborn son they still had to pinch themselves that their call to adoption had to led to their baby boy.

This sweet family's worries were for nothing, because every detail of their son's adoption story continues to show them this was meant to be!

This meant-to-be experience is something we see a lot at Lifetime. And along the way, it helps to be reminded of this truth by hearing it from others who recently walked where you are today.

You can watch the webinar replay of Silas and Dawn's meant-to-be open adoption story online today! Read on to learn how you can watch it for free, wherever you're at.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Christian Adoption, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Adoption journey, adoption wait, adoptive parenting, domestic infant adoption

"Can We See Photos of Birth Parents?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 31, 2018

We wanted to share with you an adoption question that we get frequently asked. Many eager adoptive parents have asked this question in the beginning stages of their adoption research.

Chances are, you've wondered this exact thing!

"I'd like to see photos of the birth parents before I agree to the adoption. During the adoption process with Lifetime, will we be sent photos? My spouse and I hope to adopt a child who will easily blend into our family because we don't want it to be obvious that they're adopted."

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Topics: Infant adoption, adopt a baby, photos of birth moms, photos of birth mothers, photo of birth mother, photos of babies up for adoption, adoption photolisting

Get 4 Practical Ways to Bond With Your Baby

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 24, 2018

Many people believe that bonding with your newly adopted baby should happen instantly and magically. But the reality is that bonding takes dedication and time.

The good news is that you can bond with your newly adopted baby, with intention. Here are 4 practical techniques to bond with your adopted child:

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption Tips, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adopting a Baby, adopt a baby, attachment in adoption, domestic infant adoption

Your Checklist for Choosing an Adoption Professional

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 17, 2018

Lifetime Adoption is pleased to announce a brand-new blog series we're launching today, "Your Adoption Checklist." And we're starting with a checklist for the very beginning of how to start the adoption process: interviewing and choosing the adoption professional you'll hire. There are crucial questions to ask before you commit to an adoption professional, no matter what their specialty is. 

Checklists are beneficial because they can cut down on some of the stress surrounding the adoption process. Also, studies have shown that checklists are valuable tools for avoiding human error. Those in high-stakes careers use checklists for exactly this reason. For example, surgeons who use checklists see a 38% reduction in post-surgery complications.* 

So without further ado, here's a checklist of 20 important questions to ask adoption professionals:

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Open Adoption, Adoption Professionals, Infant adoption, adoption checklists, Your Adoption Checklist