Adoptive Families Blog

How to Celebrate Others' Pregnancies While You Wait to Adopt

Posted by Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P. on June 26, 2019

Question: My sister just announced her second pregnancy, and my whole family is excited. I’m so happy for her, but it’s also been hard because I had really hoped that I’d have become a mom by now, and it feels a little like I’m getting left behind.

The happy news has even caused some relatives to ask why we’re still waiting to adopt, or when it will happen for us. I’m trying to stay positive, for my sister’s family, and also for our own adoption plans, but if I’m honest, I’m just struggling. Any tips for this adoptive mom in-waiting?

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Topics: adoption counseling, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, how to handle the adoption wait, domestic infant adoption, adoption support group

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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Topics: adoption counseling, Adoption process, Adopting a child, Adoption preparation, infertility to adoption,, adopt a baby, fertility treatments, failed fertility treatments

How to Know When You Need Counseling During Your Adoption Journey

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 15, 2017

During your adoption journey, you might find that you need additional help to work through some of the emotions that come up. Seeking the help of a licensed counselor can be a valuable tool because it allows you to learn methods for how to cope, react, or address the challenges and feelings you're encountering.

Here are just a few examples of situations where past adoptive couples have gotten counseling:

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Topics: adoption counseling, Adoption journey, Waiting to Adopt, how to handle the adoption wait, marriage counseling

Birth Mother Grief – How You Can Help

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 9, 2016

After an infant adoption, your baby’s birth mother might be experiencing deep depression and grief. Lifetime Adoption wants to share some effective ways that you can help her post adoption blues. It’s in everyone’s best interest to offer support. It’ll enhance your open adoption relationship and allow your child to know where they came from and why their birth mother chose adoption.

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Topics: Open Adoption, adoption counseling, Infant adoption, relationship with birth mother