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Lifetime Named in the Best Adoption Blogs of 2019

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 25, 2019

We're excited to announce that Lifetime's blog has just been awarded in Healthline's Best Adoption Blogs of 2019! It's an honor to be among this list of other awesome adoption blogs. Lifetime's adoption blog was selected from the thousands of adoption blogs out there using search and social metrics. 

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Topics: adoption blog, adoption blogs, domestic infant adoption

This Easter Sunday, Reflect on the Love God Has for Us

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 19, 2019

We hope you are looking forward to a beautiful Easter celebration this weekend. He is RISEN indeed!

Easter is a precious time to reflect on the great love that our God and Savior have for us. Through our faith we see just how important adoption is to our Heavenly Father: He chose us to be heirs in His Kingdom! What a family He's creating through adoption in Christ!

Did you know the Hebrew word for adoption means "to place” into a new family? It's intentional, it's permanent, and it's a choice. Adoption was something God PLANNED, as we see in Ephesians 1:5, which reads "God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ..."

The word "decided" stands out. Adoption is a choice made out of great love for a child.
Adoption is love.

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Topics: Christian Adoption, Easter blessing

Adoption in the Media: Instant Family and Breakthrough

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 17, 2019

Recently a new applicant to our adoption program shared that they found Lifetime after watching the recent blockbuster hit, Instant Family, starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne. The comedy flick featured a foster-adoption theme, and though at Lifetime we help mothers and hopeful adoptive families through private adoption, not typically associated with foster care or state interventions with family services, we can totally appreciate that adoption themes in the movies and media stir up adoption related discussion and dreams for viewers.

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Topics: adoption stories, Adoption story, adoption in the media, movies about adoption, adoption in the movies

How to Get Financially Prepared for Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 11, 2019

Today's article comes to us from LendEDU.com, a website that helps consumers learn about more about financial products such as personal loans, credit cards, insurance products, and more. 

Throughout the United States, the National Council for Adoption (NCFA) estimates that nearly 100 million people have been impacted by adoption in some form or another. This could be one of the more than 110,000 children adopted each year or the parents, family members, or friends of parents who decide to add a member to their family squad. Adoption can be a beautiful experience for both the child and the family, but it comes with a variety of considerations, particularly on the financial side.

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Topics: Financial Assistance for Adoption, Adoption Fees, cost of adopting, afford to adopt, adoption financing, how to afford adoption, how much does it cost to adopt, employee adoption benefits, how much does adoption cost, affording adoption

You'll Love These Tips for Surviving the Home Study

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 3, 2019

For many hopeful adoptive parents, home studies are the most nerve-wracking and time-consuming part of the adoption process. They wonder, "Will our home be acceptable? What will they think about our approach to parenting? What about my past?"

Join Lifetime as we debunk common home study myths, share what to expect, how to prepare, and more!

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Domestic Adoption, Adoption Home Study, Home study, domestic infant adoption, home study tips

Domestic Adoption or International Adoption: Which is Best for You?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 28, 2019

When a couple begins to explore the idea of adoption, it's easy for them to get quickly overwhelmed with information, questions, and decisions.

One of the first decisions they face is whether to seek a domestic adoption or international adoption. Many factors come into play during this decision, including wait time, cost, legal concerns, children available, and medical history.

Join us as we go into detail about these five factors, so that you can decide whether a domestic adoption or international adoption is best for your family!

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, International adoption, adoption wait, cost of adopting, domestic infant adoption, how much does adoption cost

"Lifetime's Adoption Webinars Help Me Wait Well!"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 21, 2019

When it comes to infant adoption, the wait is often a focus, and at times a challenge, for hopeful adoptive parents. Recently, Tracy, an adoptive mother in-waiting, shared with us how Lifetime’s webinars have helped.

Tracy, and her husband, Jamie, are actively waiting to be chosen by a birth mother. As a Lifetime adoptive family, Tracy attends monthly webinars to prepare for their future adoption. She shared how Lifetime’s adoption webinars give her ideas on how to “wait well," discover tips for creating a meaningful relationship with her future child’s birth family, and apply practical tips for making the most of the wait.

You’ll be inspired by hopeful adoptive mom Tracy’s real-life talk and honest feedback on how adoption webinars have filled her with hope for her family's future:

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Topics: Adoption webinar, Waiting to Adopt, reviews of Lifetime Adoption, reviews of Lifetime Adoptions, adoption webinars

How to Overcome Your Fear of Bonding with Your Adopted Child

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 12, 2019

Chris and Amanda encountered a fear that many adoptive parents experience during the adoption process. They worried they might not be able to love a child that was not of their bodies. The couple recently shared the incredible story of how they overcame that fear.

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Topics: adoptive parenting, bonding in adoption, bonding with adopted baby

Adopting When You Have Adult Children

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 6, 2019

A lot of parents come to us with empty nest syndrome. They have grown children, but they want a baby in their lives again.

We often see people having an adverse reaction to these kinds of adoptive parents. They say, “Wow, they have four children already. Since they can have children of their own they don’t need to adopt.”

Adoption expert and psychologist Marlou Russell says that as long as your heart is in the right place, adopting a baby when you have adult children is perfectly okay. You have to look at why you are adopting, and who you are adopting for. Make sure your yearning to adopt is stemming from the right place.

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Topics: Infant adoption, domestic infant adoption, adoption requirements

Waiting to Adopt: Geoff and Tracy’s Journey to Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 26, 2019

Geoff and Tracy from Texas know what it’s like to wait for a birth mother to choose them. They have been married for almost 20 years, and after spending years trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant, they decided to pursue adoption. Many families decide to adopt instead of undergoing fertility treatments, and Geoff and Tracy did the same.

Tracy was the first one to bring up adoption. At first, Geoff wasn’t ready. He wanted to wait and see if they could have a baby on their own. He was also enjoying his life as it was, with travel and his job. But, as time went on their hearts began to wish more for a baby and Geoff came around to the idea of adoption.

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Topics: Christian Adoption, Adoption journey, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, Adoption story, how to handle the adoption wait