Adoptive Families Blog

What to Expect at the Hospital When Your Baby is Born

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 14, 2019

After a long journey of deciding to adopt, completing paperwork, waiting for an adoption opportunity, and getting to know the birth mother, the big day is finally here – it’s time to meet your baby!

The trip to the hospital is the often most anticipated event in an adoptive family's journey. To help you prepare, we've put together this quick guide on your adoption hospital experience. We also answer some of the most common questions that adoptive parents have and share an exclusive adoption webinar about what to expect when your baby arrives!

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Topics: Infant adoption, Newborn Adoption, hospital preferences, hospital bag, adoption experience in the hospital, adoption hospital plan

Celebrating Adoption Month With a Glimpse Back in Time

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on November 6, 2019

Happy National Adoption Month! Here at Lifetime Adoption, we celebrate adoption year-round. But November holds a special place in our hearts. This month is recognized across the U.S. as National Adoption Month, and it's the perfect opportunity to share the beauty of adoption.

Today, I'd like to share about how adoptions in the U.S. have changed over the years. Join me as I reveal a peek into the past of how adoption has evolved from a secretive practice to a nationally recognized and celebrated event!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Infant adoption, closed adoption, history of adoption

Why Adopt? 12 Reasons to Adopt a Baby

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 31, 2019

The decision to adopt a baby is a very personal one to make. Why do couples turn to adoption to expand their family? It's not possible to say there's one reason why people adopt since every family is different. Each couple will seek an infant adoption for their own reasons.

Many wonder what some of these reasons to adopt are. Join Lifetime Adoption as we share 12 common reasons to adopt a baby!

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Topics: Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, adopt a baby, domestic infant adoption, why adopt?

How to Prepare Your Home Before You Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 23, 2019

Today's article comes to us from Family Living Today, a website that answers questions about everything to do with modern living. Family Living Today is a free resource that provides everything from in-depth product reviews to expert advice. 

When you adopt, you're not only adding a new family member to your home. You're also bringing a child into a new environment with new people and family dynamics.

There are the safety, security, and emotional needs of your adopted baby to consider, as well as the needs of any other children you have as well. While bringing a newborn to your home is a joyous occasion, the transition may not be a smooth one. But with the right preparation, you can remove some of the obstacles. We've got a few tips to help you and your family through the transition!

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Adoption preparation, preparing to adopt, ready to adopt

How to Encourage a Healthy Open Adoption

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on October 17, 2019

When most people think of adoption, they imagine adoptions of the past when closed adoption was the norm. Society's views on adoption have evolved over the years, and now most private or independent adoptions are open adoptions. In fact, only 5% of infant adoptions are closed, according to a 2012 survey of 100 private adoption agencies.

What this means for you is that more than likely, you will have an open adoption with your child's birth mother. 

There are varying degrees of contact in an open adoption arrangement, from emails sent through an adoption professional to annual in-person visits. Open adoption comes with many benefits for everyone in the adoption triad: adoptive parents, adoptee, and birth parents.

Birth parents know that open adoption does not mean that you share custody. You are the parents, and they will respect this. They simply want to know how their child is doing and that they made the right decision. I've seen so many great open adoptions and wonderful birth mother relationships. You should be open and honest about the amount of involvement she will have with the baby. 

By setting healthy boundaries, the adoption experience will be a happier one for you, your baby, and the birth parents. Keep reading to learn about open adoption agreements, the hospital experience in open adoption, topics to discuss with your child's birth parents, and more!

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Topics: Open Adoption, visit with birth family, open adoption visits, relationship with birth mother, what is open adoption like?, open adoption agreement

Symbol of Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 8, 2019

Many don't know about this, but there is an adoption symbol. You may have heard people use the term "adoption triad." It’s a commonly-used term in the adoption community that describes the three sides of every adoption: the birth family, the adoptive family, and the adoptee. The triangle in the symbol represents those three sides. The heart intertwined in this symbol of adoption represents the love involved in the relationship of adoption!

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Topics: Adoption Gifts, Domestic Adoption, Adoption family, Adoption bracelet, Adoption Prayer Bracelet, adoption jewelry, adoption gift, adoption triad, symbol of adoption, gift for your birth mother, gift for our child's birth mother

Adoption Financing and You: How to Afford Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 2, 2019

Adopting a baby can be an expensive goal for many couples, but it doesn't have to be. Depending on the resources and methods hopeful adoptive parents use, it can be reasonably affordable. 

How much adoption costs varies based on several factors. And while these costs are well worth it, the fact is that the cost of adoption is a genuine concern for most couples. 

The good news is that there is financial help with the cost of adoption for almost all families!

Keep reading to learn more about the cost of various types of adoption, and expenses to keep in mind. We'll also share strategies for how you can afford to adopt!

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Topics: Adoption Grants, Financial Assistance for Adoption, cost of adopting, afford to adopt, adoption financing, adoption loans, how to afford adoption, cost of adoption

Get Faith-Based Answers to Your Adoption Questions

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 25, 2019

Are you called to adoption? Many people feel a desire to become parents, but far fewer feel a calling to become adoptive parents. The Lord has placed a deep yearning in the hearts of these people to love and nurture a child who is not biologically theirs.

If the Lord has called you to be adoptive parents, we're happy to provide you the answers to your Christian adoption questions!

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Christian Adoption, Adoptive family, Called to Adoption, Christian adoption book, called to adopt

What You Need to Know About Birth Mother Substance Use

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 19, 2019

When you begin the adoption process, your adoption professional will ask you several questions to determine your adoption preferences.

As Lifetime asks you what kinds of substance exposure you're open to in your baby, we understand that your main concern is the health of your future child. 

The expectant mothers that Lifetime Adoption serves are typically already facing personal challenges when they discover that they're pregnant. And sometimes, their challenges include substance use or addiction. While most of the women that Lifetime works with don't use any drugs or alcohol during their pregnancies, we do occasionally help women who are struggling with substance use issues.

This tends to make some hopeful adoptive parents anxious. We understand that you want to make sure the baby you adopt is healthy and safe. At Lifetime Adoption, we work hard to find the right adoption situation for each adoptive family, birth mother, and child. That includes making sure you're comfortable with substance exposure in your baby’s background.

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Topics: Infant adoption, prenatal drug exposure, drug-exposed baby, relationship with birth mother, adoption preferences, substance use during pregnancy, domestic infant adoption

What Should I Know About the Adoption Home Study?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 12, 2019

One of the most common topics of worry or question among hopeful adoptive parents is about the home study..."What is a home study?" "How deep will they dig into our lives?" "Do we have to organize every closet and dust every corner?" and "Is there any reason we wouldn't be approved?" are just a few of the frequently-asked questions about adoption home studies.

The home study process exists to assess your ability to be parents. The home study provider is a social worker who is there to help get you ready for adoptive parenting, and to equip you for success. Keep reading to discover what the home study involves. We'll also share an exclusive Lifetime Adoption webinar, all about what you need to know about adoption home studies!

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Topics: Adoption Home Study, Home study, adoption readiness, ready to adopt