Adoptive Families Blog

Preparing to Adopt 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 preparation 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: Adopting a child, older child adoption, adopting an older child, adoption shopping, adoption shopping checklist, adoption checklists, Your Adoption Checklist

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 a child, older child adoption, adopting an older child, adopt a child, non-newborn adoption

How to Decide if Older Child Adoption or Infant Adoption is Best for You

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 10, 2018

Those hoping to adopt a baby are the norm in domestic adoption. But infant adoption isn't the only type available: adopting an older child is also possible, no matter his or her age. 

Are you wondering if you should pursue infant adoption or older child adoption? Keep reading to get Lifetime's tips on deciding which type of domestic adoption is right for you!

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Topics: Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, baby adoption, older child adoption, adopting an older child, domestic infant adoption

4 Keys to Parenting Success for New Adoptive Parents

Posted by Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P. on May 20, 2016

As an adoptive mother, it's part of my life's mission to help other adoptive parents adjust to life after adoption. Here are my top 4 keys that will lead to your parenting success after you've adopted a baby or child:

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption Tips, Domestic Adoption, Mardie Caldwell, older child adoption, adopting an older child, adoption tip

Thinking About Adopting an Older Child?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 6, 2015

Here at Lifetime Adoption, an older child adoption is defined as the adoption of any child over the age of one. Adopting an older child can have its own blessings and its own challenges because every older child comes with a past. It often takes a period of time for an older child to realize they are safe and are in their forever home. Lifetime encourages families to hug their child and let them know that they love them and they are safe.

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Topics: adopting an older child