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When Are You Too Old to Adopt?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 22, 2019

Marlou Russell is a psychologist, adoption author, and a truly wonderful woman. She chatted with Lifetime about older adoptive parents to help both adoptive parents and birth parents understand that age is not as important as the many other factors that make up a good home.

Many couples are considering adoption later in life for a variety of reasons. One of the main reasons is that people are spending more time establishing their careers, so they are becoming parents later in life than people did years ago.

The percentage of people over the age of 40 who are considering adoption is rapidly growing. Here at Lifetime Adoption, we have had adoptive parents in their 40s and 50s and even some dads in their 60s.

Marlou explains that there are benefits in placing a child with older adoptive parents.

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Topics: Adopting a Baby, adoption qualifications, Domestic Adoption, domestic infant adoption, adoption requirements, older parent adoption

New Webinar: Nurturing Your Dream While You Wait

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 20, 2019

Lifetime is excited to announce a new webinar coming up next Wednesday, "A Heart Grown Story: Nurturing Your Dream While You Wait". We'll be welcoming a very special guest speaker.

Carly is an adoptive mom who turned her own experience of longing and praying for motherhood into a passion to encourage other adoptive moms-in-waiting. Her beautiful and uplifting subscription boxes are designed to keep hopeful adoptive moms looking forward to life after adoption, while also nurturing their heart while they wait.

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, Open Adoption, Adoption webinar, Infant adoption, domestic infant adoption, adoption webinars, modern adoption, Christian Adoption, called to adopt, how to handle the adoption wait, adoption wait

How to Show Your Love to Birth Parents

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 14, 2019

Birth mothers have a bond with their baby from the start. She’ll wonder what her child will be like, how she’ll care for him or her, and what she’ll need to give her baby the best she can. And sometimes this means making an adoption plan.

It’s a difficult, heart-wrenching choice to make, but it’s one made out of love. A birth mother loves her child so much that she wants to give them a better life; one that she’s unable to provide. After the adoption, she’ll think about her child often and love them for the rest of her life. Adoption is a choice made out of love.

So in honor of her love, this Valentine's Day we're sharing seven ways to extend love to your child’s birth family! 

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Topics: what is open adoption like?, Open Adoption, forever family, Communication, gift for our child's birth mother, relationship with birth mother

Your Lifetime Guide to Adopting as a Member of the Military

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 6, 2019

Lifetime Adoption has helped hundreds of military couples realize their dreams of parenthood. As you serve our nation, it is our honor to serve you as you begin your adoption journey. No matter where you're stationed around the world, Lifetime will help you fulfill your dreams of parenthood. It is possible to adopt, even if your husband or wife is serving overseas.

We'd like to thank you for your sacrifice and courage! To show our gratitude for your service to our country, Lifetime offers military adoptive couples a reduction in fees.

Today, we're providing you with helpful resources on adopting as a member of the military. You'll also get answers to the questions we're asked the most by hopeful military adoptive couples!

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Topics: Military, military adoptions, domestic infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, military adoption information, adopting while active duty, adopting while deployed

Worth the Wait - An Adoption Story of Faith and Dedication

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 31, 2019

Each adoptive parent goes through a different journey, mixed with a wide range of emotions, thoughts, and questions. Even though adoptive mother Bethany and her husband Greg waited longer than anticipated to adopt their son, they continued to show faith and perseverance throughout it all. Bethany remained committed to the adoption process, her faith, and focused on the good.

As Bethany shares, "We are beyond thankful to our mighty God who took us through quite the journey to our sweet Gus, but looking back we can see so many times where He had us go through hard moments to prepare us for the blessing that was to come.”

Bethany and Greg’s adoption story is a testament to the well-known adoption phrase "worth the wait!"

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Topics: Adoption story, adoption wait, how to handle the adoption wait, Open Adoption, Christian Adoption

Get a Real-Life Glimpse Into Two Types of Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 24, 2019

"Our relationship is very near and dear to my heart, and I sincerely love these women. 
Their sacrifice allowed me to grow my family!"

Adoption relationships can be easily misunderstood, until you see them through the lives of actual adoptive families and birth parents who came together for a child’s adoption.

Today, we hear from Lifetime adoptive mother-in-waiting Emily; she shares about her relationships with their sons' birth mothers. You'll discover how open adoption allows for a flexible and respectful relationship between adoptive families and birth mothers!

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Topics: Adoption journey, Adoption story, Waiting to Adopt, relationship with birth mother, what is open adoption like?, Open Adoption

How to Deal With Fear About Birth Parents

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 17, 2019

Many adoptive families fear relationships with their child’s birth family. They are unsure of how it will impact their relationship with their child. Patricia Dischler, author of Because I Loved You, helps adoptive parents understand what it means to have a relationship with their child’s birth family. Today, over 90% of domestic adoptions are open adoptions, with relationships between birth families and adoptive children.

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

How to Use a Loan to Pay for Your Adoption Expenses

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 9, 2019

Each year thousands of couples are able to realize the joy of parenthood through adoption. During the adoption process, fees are due for services like obtaining a home study, facilitating a match with a birth mother, and legal representation.

In addition to adoption fees, there are expenses such as the cost to create and print adoption profiles, hospital costs, birth-related expenses, and the costs associated with adoption travel (flights, fuel, lodging, etc.)

Fortunately, there are several financing and funding resources available, providing the route to adoption at a reasonable cost. Obtaining an adoption loan makes adoption feasible for many couples who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford it. With an adoption loan, you can typically enjoy access to the funds you need right away!

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Topics: adoption loans, adoption loan, adoption financing, affording adoption, how to afford adoption, Adoption Fees, cost of adopting

"We’re forever thankful for her birth parents' sacrifice and love!"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 3, 2019

Oftentimes, Lifetime connects with adoptive couples in the midst of their route to parenthood, at a crossroad where loss meets the possibility for positive things ahead through adoption. In this post, Lifetime mom, Lisa, shares how she and her husband Frank moved from infertility to adoption.

In this family’s story, we hear how Frank and Lisa moved through their adoption wait to a match and embraced the opportunity open adoption gave them to develop a friendship with their daughter’s birth parents.

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

6 Things To Do If You Hope To Adopt In 2019

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 27, 2018

Choosing adoption to grow your family can be overwhelming at first since there's so much to learn and to do. Before you can think of yourselves as officially hoping to adopt, there are steps, terms, and questions that every future adoptive parent needs to understand to reach their adoption dream successfully.

If you'd like to adopt in 2019, here are six things you need to be doing right now:

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Topics: how to be successful in domestic infant adoption, domestic infant adoption, Newborn Adoption, adoption readiness, ready to adopt