Adoptive Families Blog

"If children are in need, why isn't adoption free?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 6, 2018

"It seems like adoption is so expensive, almost like it is buying a baby. Why does it have to cost so much when all we want to do is help a child in need?"

Many families have a similar reaction when they discover that there is a cost to private adoption.  Learning more about the costs often help families understand who the fees go to and what they are for. Today, Lifetime is giving you a quick rundown to help understand adoption costs!

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Adopting an Older Child? Here's Your Shopping Checklist

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 2, 2018

When you're preparing for an older child adoption, it's smart to register for all the gear you need ahead of time. We have heard from adoptive families who created a wish list or online registry at Amazon.

Then, once they're traveling for adoption, friends and family can purchase needed items from their list. These items can be shipped to their home or their hotel when they know they'll need them. This allows adoptive couples to enjoy the excitement of registering, but avoid having all those items sitting around while they wait to be chosen by a birth mother. 

Lifetime has built this adoption shopping checklist, so you can be sure you have all the needed essentials for adopting an older child. You can see our suggestions for an infant adoption registry in our previous post, Adoption Registry: Shopping Checklist for Parents-in-Waiting

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Topics: older child adoption, adopting an older child, Adopting a child, adoption shopping checklist, adoption shopping, Your Adoption Checklist, adoption checklists

Here's What You Need to Know About Older Child Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 4, 2018

Are you hoping to adopt a child? In the adoption world, you may hear the terms "older child adoption" and "non-newborn adoption" both used. Today, Lifetime is going to guide you through this type of domestic adoption, providing useful information about adopting an older child to help you determine if it's right for your family!

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Topics: adopting an older child, older child adoption, non-newborn adoption, adopt a child, Adopting a child

When Relatives Aren't Excited About Your Plans to Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 15, 2017

When you announce that you're adopting, you might be expecting family members to be excited for you. But some adoptive parents are shocked by indifferent reactions to their adoption news. Today, Lifetime is sharing a few tips to cope with this situation!

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Topics: Infant adoption, adopt a baby, Domestic Adoption, Relationships, Adoption process, Adopting a child, Adoption preparation

What to Do If Your Spouse is Reluctant to Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 4, 2017

When the idea of adopting comes up, one spouse might be reluctant to move forward. If prospective adoptive parents don't agree on the decision to adopt a child, it doesn’t mean that you have an unhealthy relationship, or that you won’t eventually find common ground. Keep reading to learn how you can work through this issue before embarking on an adoption journey together!

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Lifetime Made Our Family Possible

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 8, 2015

Our staff of Adoption Coordinators at Lifetime Adoption regularly get emails from Lifetime adoptive couples on how life is going after adoption. These couples email us updates, photos, and words of gratitude for the work we did to help them adopt. So, we were thrilled to get this email from adoptive mother Amy:

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, Adopting a child, Adoption Update, Adopting a Baby

Gender Preferences Affect Your Adoption Wait

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 14, 2015

In choosing your adoption preferences, it’s vital that you take a look at how flexible you are in your preferences, and how long you are willing to wait for a match.

When an adoptive couple becomes fully active, then the wait to be chosen starts. And the wait is mostly out of your control, with the exception of these three items: gender preference, profile, and budget.

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Topics: Adopting a child, Adopting a Baby, adoption wait

Adoption Story: How a Birthmother Chose Her Adoptive Family

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 26, 2015

Founder of Lifetime Adoption, Mardie Caldwell shares one of her favorite adoption stories about how a birthmother chose her adoptive family, which can be found in her book, “Adoption: Your Step-by-Step Guide”.

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Topics: Adopting a child, Adoptive family, Adoption story

The Benefits of Domestic Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 9, 2015

One of the biggest choices a parent will make is whether to adopt domestically or internationally. A common misconception to first time adoptive parents is that there are no babies available for adoption in the U.S. There are actually thousands of children adopted domestically each year, many of them newborn infants. Available newborns, a clear adoption process and ability to connect with birthparents are distinctions of the domestic process.

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, Adopting a child

Benefits of Open Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 13, 2014

There are many benefits to having an open adoption plan with your baby’s birth mother. One benefit is that the two parties have an opportunity to get to know each other BEFORE the adoption happens.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adopting a child, Adoption success