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?

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Open Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Jun 9, 2016 11:06:28 AM

New to adoption? You’ve likely heard the term “open adoption” being thrown around a lot. What exactly is it? In today’s post, we’ve created a beginner’s guide to open adoption.

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Topics: Open Adoption, open adoption visits, semi-open adoption

Cookie Cutter Adoption?

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on May 19, 2016 2:40:44 PM

Open Adoption With One Birth Mother,
Semi-Open With Another?

Dear Mardie,

We are ready to adopt again, but this time, we do not want to be as open to birth mother contact.  Specifically, we do not want to be open to visits. Our daughter’s birth mother had specified that she only wanted pictures and letters. We wouldn’t want one child to have visits with a birth mother and not the other – it would just seem unfair and maybe confusing.  Is that okay?

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Topics: birth mother, Open Adoption, open adoption visits, relationship with birth mother, semi-open adoption

7 Photos that Illustrate the Beauty of Open Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Mar 21, 2016 10:52:55 AM

There are many feelings associated with open adoption: excitement, elation, harmony, acceptance, expectation, friendship, thankfulness, and optimism.

Lifetime Adoption has curated this photo series, to illustrate the emotional facets of open adoption. A shared feeling in these photos is that open adoption means love!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption story, Lifetime Babies, open adoption visits

What Are the Benefits of Open Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Nov 17, 2015 2:08:00 PM

With an OPEN ADOPTION, birth parents have the opportunity to select the family who will parent their child. The adoptive parents and birth parents may speak, meet, and get to know each other before the birth, and then communicate afterwards, as well. As the birth mother progresses in her pregnancy, she can send ultrasound photos and share additional photos, if desired.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Mardie Caldwell, open adoption visits

Open Adoption – Does It Intimidate You?

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on Nov 2, 2015 11:07:00 AM

Many times when speaking to potential adoptive parents, I find that they become a little nervous when the conversation gets to the open part of open adoption.

I've found that many parents simply don't know what to expect. When they hear about sharing letters and photos (or even visits) with a birth mother, they often become quite uncomfortable.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Talking to Birthmothers, visit with birth family, open adoption visits

Open Adoption Visits: Top 10 Places to Meet Up

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Oct 6, 2015 9:32:00 AM

Most birth mothers today want an open adoption. Open adoption can mean anything from posting photos of your child on Facebook, to meeting in person.

Deciding on the appropriate place to meet up in-person can sometimes be tricky. Today, we’re going to share a few tips and ideas for open adoption visit locations.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption Tips, Domestic Adoption, visit with birth family, open adoption visits