Adoptive Families Blog

Learn How You Can Afford to Adopt!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 7, 2014

In this short video, Lifetime Adoption's Founder (and adoptive mother) Mardie Caldwell shares about Lifetime's payment program to make affordable adoptions possible.

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Using Credit Card Rewards Programs Towards Your Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 11, 2014

Here’s a quick tip to finding the funds you need to adopt…get a “his” and “hers” credit card with a company that offers a rewards program. Two nationwide companies that offer this are Capital One (with their Venture card), and Wells Fargo.

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Adoption Fees

How Much Does an Adoption Home Study Cost?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 4, 2014

Home study fees can vary considerably, depending on the state where you live. A home study for independent adoption is normally less than one for an agency adoption and averages about $2,000 across the United States. Some states, like Texas, have more affordable home studies, while New England states often run higher than the average.

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Quick Tip: Using Rewards Programs for your Adoption Flight

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 3, 2014

Have your parents or other family members asked how they might help you out during your adoption journey? One way that your relatives can assist you with adoption travel costs is to transfer their airline points to you.

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Adoption Fees

3 Financial Mistakes Adoptive Families Should Avoid at All Costs (part 3)

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 28, 2014

Last week, we shared a financial mistake to avoid when trying to adopt: cutting legal corners. Here’s part three of our three-part series on adoption financing tips. Make sure that stay away from:

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3 Financial Mistakes Adoptive Families Should Avoid at All Costs (part 2)

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 23, 2014

Last week, we shared a financial mistake to avoid when trying to adopt: hiring the cheapest attorney. Today, we have another financial tip for you. Make sure that you do not:

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Adoption Financing Assistance: Learn About a New Adoption Loan

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 21, 2014

Has a lack of finances been standing in the way of your dreams of adopting? LightStream (a division of SunTrust Bank) has just started to offer Lifetime Adoption clients a loan so that you can afford to adopt a baby or child. Financing adoption is a topic that many couples are concerned with when starting to look into adopting. So, LightStream has created a new type of loan called an “AnythingLoan,” which you can use to finance your adoption with a quick and almost paper-free online loan.

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3 Financial Mistakes Adoptive Families Should Avoid at All Costs (part 1)

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 14, 2014

Many times we begin a journey, like adopting a child, and encounter road blocks, speed bumps, or all-out detours. When you are right there, so close, and in the situation, it can be tempting to make a decision that may seem to serve you best in the short term, but you need to keep the outcome in mind.

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Topics: Adoption, Adoption Tips, Fundraising, Financial Assistance for Adoption, Adoption Fees, Adopting a Baby

Get Creative with your Adoption Financing (part 2)

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 9, 2014

Here’s part 2 of Lifetime Adoption Center’s two-part series on how you can finance a domestic adoption. Below, you’ll find five creative ideas you can use to afford adoption:

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Get Creative with your Adoption Financing (part 1)

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 7, 2014

It helps to think of adoption in the same perspective as other financial investments. For instance, a couple may buy a new boat on credit, but are hesitant to finance an adoption. They may need to ask themselves, “What is my priority right now?” Is it a boat for occasional summer weekends or a family for a lifetime?

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Adoption Fees