Adoptive Families Blog

What is the Grief and Loss Process With Infertility?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 17, 2018

When a couple is dealing with infertility, there are generally five stages of grief and loss that they go through. Encountering these emotions is a normal and healthy way of moving from infertility toward adoption.

We all deal with grief and loss in different ways. Some people experience all five stages, while others only encounter a couple. Furthermore, it's normal to experience the stages in any order.

As a couple moves from infertility to adoption, they may experience these stages of grief and loss:

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Topics: infertility to adoption,, Infertility, fertility treatments, failed fertility treatments

Adoption Stories Then and Now - Mac and Shay

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 25, 2018

"Thank you so much for all of your time, patience, effort, and support on our adoption journey...All of the webinars and advice you guys give have really helped us develop a strong bond with our daughter Lucy's birth mother," share Lifetime adoptive parents Mac and Shay.

Join Lifetime as we share Mac and Shay's beautiful open adoption story today as a part of our blog series "Then and Now." 

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

Adoption Stories Then and Now - Greg and Bethany

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 6, 2018

We're honored to be sharing Greg and Bethany's beautiful open adoption story today as a part of our blog series "Then and Now." 

As they began their adoption journey with Lifetime, they shared, "We started talking about adopting when we were dating and knew it was a way we wanted to grow our family! Bethany's family is already touched by adoption thorough three of her siblings. We love being parents and are excited and ready to adopt a boy or girl of any race!"

Keep reading to hear Greg and Bethany's cherished adoption journey to their baby! 

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

Adopting After Infertility: How Do I Know It's Right for Me?

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on May 4, 2018

Sometimes, people rush into adoption when they discover they are infertile without taking the time to grieve the loss of the biological child they did not have. They risk sabotaging an adoption or, worse, treating an adopted child as second best to the son or daughter they might have had.

Before you can adopt with success, you must come to terms with your infertility. For some couples, this may take years. Move at your own pace, but realize that the longer you wait, the more you delay the precious time you could have with your child.

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Topics: fertility treatments, failed fertility treatments, infertility to adoption,, Infertility

4 Simple Ways to Know If You're Ready to Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 20, 2018

Are you thinking about adopting a baby or child? Before you begin pursuing adoption, it's important to determine if you're truly ready. Also known as "adoption readiness," it can seem like a tricky thing to pinpoint yourself. Many couples wonder how to know when's the right time to stop trying for a biological child and start the adoption process.

So today, Lifetime is sharing four simple ways to know whether you're ready to adopt:

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Topics: adoption readiness, adopt a baby, ready to adopt, infertility to adoption,, miscarriage, Open Adoption

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

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

Adoption Stories Then and Now - Dan and Hanna

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 3, 2018

Today, Lifetime Adoption is excited to be able to share another couple's successful adoption story in our blog series “Then and Now."

We're going to share Colorado adoptive couple Dan and Hanna's heartwarming story today!

As they started their adoption journey with Lifetime, they shared, "Adoption is something that we have always planned for ourselves.

When we learned about our infertility, it wasn’t a question of what to do; it was how we get things in place for adoption!"

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

Adoption Stories Then and Now - Greg and Lizzy

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 27, 2017

We're blessed to be sharing another adoptive couple's heartwarming adoption journey in our blog series "Then and Now." Our Lifetime adoptive family today is Greg and Lizzy from Florida.

As they started their adoption journey with Lifetime, they shared, "We would love to build our family. We have always had a heart to adopt a child

After our daughter's birth, Lizzy had to have a lifesaving operation which resulted in us not being able to have more children and we have such a strong desire to have more kids! Being parents has been the greatest gift.  We would love to give another baby a safe and loving home and also love a birth mom too!"

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

Will I Love My Adopted Child As Strongly as a Biological Child?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 24, 2017

Sometimes hopeful parents wonder if raising a child through adoption would be "the same" as raising a child they gave birth to. Every adoptive parent will tell you, "There's no difference. That child is your baby!" The adoption truth is this: adoption builds families. 

Maybe you've wondered whether or not you'd love an adopted child as much as you would a biological one. You might be struggling with whether or not the love you’ll feel for your adopted child will be as strong as the love you have for your biological children. Asking yourself this question is natural, and totally necessary, even if it seems shameful.  We're going to delve into this issue today, to reveal the adoption truth. And that's that you'll truly love your adopted child and develop a genuine connection with them.

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Topics: Infertility, infertility to adoption,, adoptive parenting, adoption truth, Domestic Adoption, Open Adoption