Adoptive Families Blog

Is Open Adoption the Same As Co-Parenting?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Feb 20, 2017 6:15:00 AM

Question: My wife and I have been through several rounds of failed IVF treatments, and so we’ve started to look into infant adoption. We heard that to adopt an infant these days you have to have an open adoption with the biological mother. We're worried that might be like co-parenting or that we wouldn't be seen as the baby's parents. Does open adoption mean the birth mother could just drop by anytime or have a say in how we raise our child?

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Topics: Open Adoption, open adoption visits, semi-open adoption, what is open adoption like?, is open adoption co-parenting?

Learn the Truth About Adoption in This Webinar!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Feb 2, 2017 7:33:00 AM

Last week, we gave you info on how to Get Expert Adoption Advice at Lifetime's Q&A Webinar. The recording of this adoption webinar is now available online for you to listen in. Discover the truth about the beauty of open adoption! You can tune in from wherever you are, using the GoToWebinar smart phone app. 

If adopting a baby has been on your mind, we know you'll benefit from this Adoption Q&A Webinar which Lifetime hosted. 

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Open Adoption, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Q&A webinar

Get Expert Adoption Advice at Lifetime's Q&A Webinar

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Jan 24, 2017 10:43:44 AM

Do you have questions about infant adoption? Then you'll want to mark your calendar and come to our adoption webinar this Thursday! It'll be a live Adoption Q&A Webinar, hosted by Lifetime's experienced and attentive coordinators. We're looking forward to kicking off 2017 with answers to the most-asked questions people have when they are thinking about adopting a child.

All hopeful adoptive parents are welcome to attend this free webinar! You might be just beginning to consider adoption, or you may be in the waiting phase of your journey to adopt a baby.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar

Discover the Beauty of Open Adoption Through Stories

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Jan 20, 2017 7:04:00 AM

As you look into open adoption, it’s important to learn from the adoption experiences and stories of others. Today, we are sharing two great adoption webinars that will help you to gain insight into what life is like for birth parents and adoptive families living in open adoption relationships today!

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Topics: Open Adoption, adoption stories, Adoption webinar, Adoption story, what is open adoption like?, adoption webinars

Discover What You Need to Know About Your Adoption Professional

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Jan 16, 2017 7:02:00 AM

Choosing an adoption professional to work alongside you is an important step in the adoption process. No matter what type of adoption professional you’re hiring, there are some crucial questions to ask before committing. Most of these questions we’ve listed will apply to the hiring of qualified adoption facilitators, adoption attorneys, social workers and private agencies.

As you start your search for a professional who will become your partner in building your family through adoption: We’re sharing a list of 20 questions that you can ask adoption professionals in a phone interview. Feel free to save this list to your phone, Internet favorites, Pinterest, or simply print it out.

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Open Adoption, Adoption Professionals, Infant adoption

Why We Love Open Adoption (And You Should, Too!)

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Jan 13, 2017 7:04:00 AM

We’ve found that those who are accurately informed about open adoption are more likely to have a smoother process, more pleasant experience, and less risk during their paths to adoption.

Learning about open adoption will better help you decide what’s right for your family, and how to prepare for the type of adoption you want to pursue.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption webinar, reviews of Lifetime Adoption, Q&A webinar, adoption teleconferences, Lifetime Adoption, reviews of Lifetime Adoptions, adoption webinars, adoption teleconference

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

Our International Adoption and Dreams of Open Adoption

Posted by Heidi Keefer on Dec 8, 2016 12:35:54 PM

"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break."

-Ancient Chinese Belief

Last week, I had the pleasure of hearing from one of Lifetime’s staff members, Diana. She and her husband adopted a baby girl from China in June of 2006.

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Topics: Open Adoption, adoption stories, International adoption, Adoption story, China adoptions, adopting from China

Lifetime Has Won an Adoption Blog Award!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Nov 21, 2016 10:16:10 AM

We're honored to announce that we've made the top 10 out of Feedspot Blog Reader's Top 100 Adoption Blogs! Feedspot has compiled a list of the Best Adoption Blogs on the Internet right now.

The blogs which made the cut cover a variety of topics, including international adoption, domestic adoption, and special needs adoption. All of the blogs on the list seek to educate, inform, and support families as they consider adoption.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Lifetime Adoption, adoption blog, adoption blogs

National Adoption Day 2016

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Nov 18, 2016 9:58:11 AM

This year, National Adoption Day is recognized on November 19, 2016. National Adoption Day is a unified national effort to increase awareness of children waiting to find their forever families. It's sponsored by a host of partners: Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, The Alliance for Children’s Rights and Children’s Action Network. Let's recognize and celebrate adoption today with these heartwarming adoption stories:

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Topics: Open Adoption, adoption stories, Adoption story, National Adoption Awareness Month, National Adoption Day, Lifetime Adoption