Adoptive Families Blog

She Gets it from You: Author’s Letter to Daughter’s Birth Mother

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 27, 2018

Recently one of Lifetime’s adoptive moms introduced us to author Melissa Radke’s book, Eat Cake. Be Brave., a personal testimony of faith, courage, accepting one’s strengths and unique path in life, including infertility, miscarriage, and adoption. In Chapter 19, Dear Miss Danielle, we were moved to read Radke’s heartfelt letter to her daughter’s birth mother. This real-life encounter with modern adoption, as seen through an everyday adoptive mom (with a great sense of humor and ability to share words as if you’re talking with a friend), will speak to so many of our followers and families.

If you’re a hopeful adoptive parent, or if you’re already raising a child through adoption, you’ll be touched by this excerpt from Chapter 19 of Eat Cake. Be Brave. Perhaps you’ll identify with the hard emotions each side of a child’s adoption face as they come together for a match. Or you’ll anticipate the great love that you’ll have for the ONE mother who chooses you to adopt her baby, and how you hope you can find just the right words to tell her how much she means to your family, how much you admire her brave love. You might even read this as a birth mother, and be reassured that you are not forgotten, and some of the brightest things about your child will remind his or her adoptive parents of you in the best ways.

Because of modern adoption, a child can grow up knowing that she inherits good things from both sides of her story.

With permission from Melissa and David Radke, we are honored to share this excerpt from Eat Cake. Be Brave. with you below.

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Topics: modern adoption, what is open adoption like?, Open Adoption, Adoption story, infertility to adoption,, Adoption Book, books about adoption, Christian adoption book

Behind the Scenes of Adam & Kristi’s Decision to Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 14, 2018

"Are we meant to adopt?"

Lifetime adoptive couple Adam and Kristi share part one of their adoption story

 

"This is never going to happen." Many people who walk through infertility often identify with the hopelessness that can come of trying and trying to build a family, without success.

Moving from infertility to a decision to become a family through adoption is a deep and thoughtful process. There are layers of grief and disappointment mixed together with the hope of looking forward to the good that will come from their determination not to give up.

We often are asked: "How do you know when to move from fertility treatments to adoption?"

For every adoptive parent, the answer to that honest question will vary. However, one recurring thread in nearly every Lifetime Adoption testimony is the sense that adoption is where the story was leading all along.

As you’ll see in Adam and Kristi’s story, a sense of peace, relief, and renewed hope came from answering a call to adoption.

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Topics: infertility to adoption,, Adoption journey, Adoption story, fertility treatments to adoption, fertility treatments, Infertility, Waiting to Adopt

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 the grief of 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