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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Many questions arise when a family adopts children from different ethnic backgrounds. Rose Kent and her husband have a bustling blended tribe of six children whose ages span 12 years.
She wrote a book, Kimchi & Calamari, which is a funny coming of age tale of an adopted Korean boy in an Italian family. Her adopted children inspired the book's narrative!
It's vital to help your biological and adopted children understand who they are, and their importance in your particular family.
Author and psychotherapist Stacie Cahill is an adoptive mother who works with parents as they tackle adoption identity issues. She and her husband were blessed to adopt a baby girl, whom they named Chelsea. The adoption happened when their biological son, Jacob, was two.
Three years later, Jacob took it upon himself to describe adoption to Chelsea. He told her the stork brought her to their house. She was upset. Not a great way to describe adoption to a tender three-year-old!
At that point, Stacie knew that she had to give a better explanation. She wrote a book and dedicated it to Chelsea, explaining how she grew in her heart instead of her body. Stacie knew that adoption was part of her child's identity from the beginning. This is why you should start talking to your baby about adoption as soon as possible.
If you have both biological and adopted children in your family, make sure you find ways for everyone to feel special and included. The more you talk about it, the less likely your children will have identity questions as they get older. Starting the adoption dialogue early can be very beneficial for the adopted child, and creates the foundation for conversations to come. Keep reading to discover tips on talking to children about adoption!
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