Adoptive Families Blog

A Healthy Open Adoption Needs These 6 Things

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 19, 2018

Decades ago, almost every adoption was closed. Back then, people thought that closed adoption was best for the child. Today's adoptions look much different. An estimated 95% of domestic adoptions now have some level of openness between adoptive parents and birth parents. 

Even though there are varying kinds and levels of openness in open adoptions, there are healthy traits that many have in common. Here are 6 traits that adoptive families should strive for in open adoptions:

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Topics: Open Adoption, adoption tip, relationship with birth mother, what is open adoption like?

7 of the Most-Asked Questions About Open Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 13, 2018

Most birth parents today seek some form of open adoption, and many adoptive parents do too. Once you've adopted and are joyfully living out your open adoption story, you may get questioned by those who are unfamiliar with the concept, asking "how does open adoption work?" 

Lifetime is sharing 7 of the most frequently-asked open adoption questions adoptive parents might hear about their relationship with their child’s birth parents. Plus, we're providing the answers to these questions, too!

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

Check Out a Powerful, True-Life Open Adoption Story

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 22, 2017

Are you struggling with your adoption wait to be chosen by a birth mother? What can help give you perspective is hearing from other couples who've been where you are right now. In this video, adoptive couple Kevin and Alyssa share their true-life open adoption story, along with their daughter's birth mother, Bailey.

Read on to out why a birth mother's right to choose her baby's parents is so crucial in adoption today!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Waiting to Adopt, adoption match, how to handle the adoption wait, what is open adoption like?

How to Develop an Open Adoption Relationship

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 1, 2017

So, you've agreed to give your baby’s birth mother updates as he grows up.  Now that you’ve returned home with your baby, how do you know which info to share? Working through the unfamiliar emotions that can arise in an open adoption relationship isn’t always easy. Today, Lifetime gives you tips on how you can develop a healthy relationship with your child’s birth mother!

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

Is Open Adoption the Same As Co-Parenting?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 20, 2017

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?

Discover the Beauty of Open Adoption Through Stories

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 20, 2017

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