As 2017 draws to a close, we're taking the opportunity to highlight some of our most helpful and loved blog posts of the year!
We've compiled ten of the top adoption-related blog posts published on our Adoptive Families Blog this year — a CliffsNotes of sorts for all you busy readers out there.
A hopeful adoptive father worries that open adoption means co-parenting, that the birth mother drops by anytime, and decides how they raise their child. Our #10 blog post provides info on open adoption; that it does not mean co-parenting, but rather a level of openness in communication.
Lifetime wants to help you avoid the heartbreak of an adoption scam or fraud. We know how to keep adoption frauds and scams at bay before they even get started. "I know how emotional adoption can be, and keeping adoptive parents safe is key to our success," shares Lifetime's Founder Mardie Caldwell, who's an adoptive mother herself. Discover the warning signs that you might be dealing with an adoption scam!
Through the years, we've discovered 8 things successful adoptive parents have in common:
1. Their home study is current
2. Profile has been completed
3. Adoption preferences are open
4. Don't turn down an adoption opportunity which is inside their preferences
5. Have created an adoption video
6. Prioritize their adoption
7. Open to adopting a baby or child of either gender
8. Attend Lifetime's webinars
In this 8-part blog series, we delve deeper into each of these aspects. Read this if you want to learn how you can successfully adopt a baby with a shorter adoption wait!
It’s important to be honest about your race preferences in adoption, and keep expectations in check. After all, a birth mother would be heartbroken to learn that her child was rejected by adoptive parents because he or she was "too dark" or "too light," and didn't fit into their expectation. You can read more in-depth about race preferences in this important blog post.
If you've been waiting for a birth mother to choose you, you might be wondering what else you could be doing. In this post, we share eight recommendations from a seasoned Lifetime adoptive mother, along with four tips on what to avoid!
This blog post answers a type of question that Lifetime is frequently asked: "Do we get to see a picture of the birth mom before we agree to adopt her child? We want a child who will blend with our family, so the adoption isn't obvious." Initially, Lifetime only shares basic information regarding the birth mother. As you match and build a relationship with her, photos may be exchanged.
We realize that the adoption process can be stressful and overwhelming, but a little sweetness goes a long way!
In our #4 blog post, Lifetime's Founder and adoptive mother Mardie Caldwell shares her tips on staying positive during the process.
We began our popular blog series "Then and Now" in 2017, and this one was the most-loved! Read about Colby and Sarah's journey towards adopting their little boy, Jack! With this adoption story, we're privileged to hear the adoptive father's side too! Colby shares, "...all of it—the wait, the worry, the late nights sitting up wondering if your family will ever be whole—will be worth it!"
The natural disasters of the summer of 2017 (such as Hurricane Harvey) sparked new interest in domestic adoption. We wrote this blog post in response to the often-asked question "can we adopt the children who lost parents?" In our second-most popular blog post of 2017, we share whether this type of adoption is possible.
Lifetime gets many inquiries into twin adoptions. In this blog post, we answer the question "What's the average wait time with Lifetime to be matched with a birth mother who's expecting twins?" Read about the average wait time, opening your preferences, and more.