When adoptive couples come to Lifetime, most are coming from their own journey of months or years of already waiting—waiting through miscarriage, waiting through infertility, waiting, and waiting to be picked by a birth mother. So it makes sense that one of the most-asked questions hopeful parents have when they hear our Adoption Story webinars is "How long did you wait to adopt?"
When it comes to infant adoption, the wait is usually a focus, and at times a challenge, for hopeful adoptive parents.
Lifetime recently welcomed a special webinar guest, Carly, who shares her story about praying to become a mother, moving past years of fertility treatments, and welcoming her son home through open adoption. She describes how she started to see how every step of her story, including the wait, was a significant part of the journey and prepared her for what was to come. As Carly shares, "There's purpose in the wait."
From experiencing her own adoption journey, Carly grew passionate about encouraging other adoptive moms-in-waiting. Her company, HeartGrown, sends out monthly subscription boxes filled thoughtfully with books, jewelry, and self-care items, all related to the adoption wait. We can't wait to show off the work she does to be a support to adoptive moms-to-be!
As you'll hear in this webinar, Carly shares how waiting for a child is often a sweet and meaningful part of an adoption story. The wait is where the dream grows, where growth and preparation happen that will get you ready for the child you're meant to adopt. "Without the journey, I wouldn't have a story," Carly says.
When you watch "Waiting Well: Carly's HeartGrown Adoption Story," you'll learn how she made the most of waiting to become a mom, and what she did with her personal experience to encourage other adoptive moms-in-waiting. We also discussed:
- How to handle questions from family about open adoption
- The benefits of open adoption
- What to expect at the hospital when your baby is born
- How to process feelings of grief or loss along your path to parenthood
- What visits with a child's birth family look like
- Carly's tips on moving from infertility to adoption
- What to say to loved ones who don't understand why you're adopting
This webinar will remind you that all of the questions and heart-tugging emotions you move through as a hopeful adoptive parent are normal. You're not the only one who truly feels the journey!
You'll see that waiting for adoption can serve a valuable purpose in your future family's story. If you need encouragement as you wait, this webinar is a must-watch!