Adoptive Families Blog

How to Bond With Your Baby After Infant Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 8, 2019

Some parents expect an instantaneous bond with their new baby immediately after infant adoption. Secretly, these same parents may worry and experience some uncertainty…what if they don’t feel a connection with their adopted infant?

Lifetime has seen the special bonds that develop between adoptive parents and their baby. Like many other aspects of parenting, bonding with your newborn takes work and dedication. We'd love to share some tips so that you can begin to bond with your newly-adopted infant! 

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Infant adoption, Adopting a Baby, bonding in adoption, bonding with adopted baby

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

How to Get Started With the Basics of Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 5, 2018

When you've just decided that adoption is the way you'll grow your family, it can be hard to know how to start the adoption process.

What do you need help with to begin your adoption? What's standing in your way of achieving your dreams of adopting a baby?

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Adopting a Baby, I want to adopt a baby, adopt a child, how to afford adoption

"How Old Can You Be and Still Adopt?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 19, 2018

There are many reasons that couples decide to pursue adoption in their 40s and later. They may have been putting off having children until their financial security became more established, or they might be hoping to create a family after remarriage. 

If this sounds like you, you might be wondering, “How old can you be and still adopt?"  Read on to learn about domestic infant adoption options for older parents at Lifetime!

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

Get 4 Practical Ways to Bond With Your Baby

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 24, 2018

Many people believe that bonding with your newly adopted baby should happen instantly and magically. But the reality is that bonding takes dedication and time.

The good news is that you can bond with your newly adopted baby, with intention. Here are 4 practical techniques to bond with your adopted child:

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption Tips, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adopting a Baby, adopt a baby, attachment in adoption, domestic infant adoption

Get 5 Tips for Bonding With Your Baby

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 20, 2017

This post originally appeared on our blog a couple of years ago as "Bonding with Baby after Infant Adoption," and we've refreshed it for 2017.

Some adoptive parents expect to feel a bond with their adopted baby right away. Right now, you might be feeling worried and uncertain…what if you don’t feel a connection? Lifetime knows that there are special bonds which develop between adoptive parents and their babies. Like many other areas of being a parent, bonding with a baby will take work and dedication. Today, we're sharing 5 tips for bonding with your adopted baby!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption Tips, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adopting a Baby, adopt a baby, attachment in adoption, domestic infant adoption

Valuable Book Review of Called to Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 6, 2017

Many Christian couples are realizing the need to step forward in faith and adopt a baby or child. Our Founder Mardie Caldwell's book Called to Adoption is an amazing, information-packed resource for those who wish to learn more about the miracle of families created through adoption.

If you're thinking about domestic infant adoption, such a useful book is indispensable! Today, Lifetime is sharing one adoptive mother's book review of this Christian adoption book:

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Topics: Adoption, Adoption Questions, Christian Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption Book, Adopting a Baby, Called to Adoption, books about adoption, domestic infant adoption, Christian adoption book

This Father’s Day, Remember the Fathers-to-Be

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 16, 2016

As with all family planning, it's common that the hopeful mom-to-be stands as the focus. Loved ones may be sensitive to women waiting for a child. Doctors assisting couples through pregnancy or infertility may focus on the mother-to-be. In adoption, there may be a tendency to direct materials and questions to the prospective adoptive mom. Even a birth mother may prefer to engage more with the adoptive mom, than with the adoptive father. When hoping, planning, and waiting for a child, it seems it's a woman's world.

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Topics: Infertility, Waiting to Adopt, Adopting a Baby, adoptive dads, Father's Day, adoptive fathers

Having a Hard Time With Adoption Paperwork? Here's 5 Tips!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 16, 2016

Most adoptive parents-to-be are faced with a mountain of paperwork in the adoption process. It can be very daunting and overwhelming especially when they are already dealing with a lot of emotional, mental, and financial pressure.

The adoption process can be time-consuming and will require major changes in your lifestyle and commitments. Couples who work can find it incredibly hard to keep up with all the pre- and post-adoption paperwork and adoption reading. In this post, we'd like to share with you some ways to effectively deal with all of your adoption paperwork...

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Topics: Adoption, Adoption Tips, General, Waiting to Adopt, Adopting a Baby

Adoption Q&A: Getting Ready for Baby

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 31, 2016

Question: My friends who are pregnant are doing all kinds of prep for baby: childbirth classes, visiting the labor & delivery ward at the hospital, and choosing pediatricians.

Where should my husband and I start in our baby preparations? I’m not sure what to do first, since we don’t know when we’ll bring our baby home.”

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Topics: Infant adoption, Newborn Adoption, Adopting a Baby, adopt a baby