Adoptive Families Blog

When It's Meant-To-Be in Open Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 2, 2018

Hopeful adoptive parents often go through questions and thoughts that cause them to wonder if they are on the right track pursuing adoption. Lifetime adoptive couple Silas and Dawn were no exception. Even as they traveled to meet their newborn son they still had to pinch themselves that their call to adoption had to led to their baby boy.

This sweet family's worries were for nothing, because every detail of their son's adoption story continues to show them this was meant to be!

This meant-to-be experience is something we see a lot at Lifetime. And along the way, it helps to be reminded of this truth by hearing it from others who recently walked where you are today.

You can watch the webinar replay of Silas and Dawn's meant-to-be open adoption story online today! Read on to learn how you can watch it for free, wherever you're at.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Christian Adoption, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Adoption journey, adoption wait, adoptive parenting, domestic infant adoption

Adoption Webinar Next Week! Hear Lifetime Couple Silas & Dawn’s Story

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 15, 2018

Adoption stories are one of the most encouraging resources when you're hoping to adopt. You can get a lot of helpful answers and tips through listening to testimonies from people who have recently walked through the adoption process. Adoption starts to seem more simple and straightforward after hearing from others who were once where you are right now.

We hope you can join next Tuesday to hear Silas and Dawn’s adoption story. This Florida adoptive couple were blessed to adopt their son, Talon, through Lifetime Adoption last year. Keep reading to learn how you can watch this heartwarming adoption story!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Adoption process, Adoption journey, Adoption story

Thanksgiving Blessings from Lifetime

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Lifetime! We hope this time of year brings you close to your loved ones and reminds you of the blessings you experienced this year, and also of the blessings already on their way. We are grateful to be a part of your family’s story.

We hope to offer you an encouraging perspective for your adoption wait today. As you celebrate with loved ones and look forward to family traditions you’ll share with your child someday soon, we know you may have mixed emotions and thoughts through this week’s holiday. Here are three themes to focus on as you move closer to the child you long to adopt:

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Topics: Adoption journey, adoption wait, giving thanks, thanksgiving

Watch This Webinar to Find Out More About the Adoption Tax Credit

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 30, 2017

The Federal Adoption Tax Credit is a vital financing resource for most adoptive parents. Whether you’re just starting to look into adoption, you’re waiting to adopt, or you’ve recently adopted, it’s wise to learn about the Adoption Tax Credit. That way, after your adoption is finalized, you'll be able to make the most of the tax credit!

Last week, Lifetime hosted a webinar all about this tax credit. We hope to help adoptive couples as they attempt to make sense of it. The recording of this informative webinar has just been made available online. Keep reading to learn how you can tune in for free, no matter where you're at!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Adoption tax credit, Adoption journey, domestic infant adoption

5 Halloween Traditions You Can Share With Your Adopted Child

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 25, 2017

Many of us have such great memories of the Halloween traditions we took part in when we were children. While you’re in your adoption wait, think about the Halloween traditions you’d like to establish with your future child.

If you’ve created a Facebook page to spread the word about your adoption hopes, posting photos and videos of you enjoying Halloween traditions is a great way to show birth mothers what family life would be like for her child in your family. Since it can sometimes be challenging to figure out your own unique family traditions, today we’re offering you five ideas for inspiration!

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Topics: Adoption process, Adoption journey, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait

Before You Adopt: Create a Keepsake

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 9, 2017

Keeping busy during your adoption wait is a great way to persevere.  Fortunately, there’s a lot that you can be doing as you wait for a birth mother to match with you!  Right now, you have more time to get things done than you will when you become parents. 

So in today’s entry of Lifetime’s blog series "Before you Adopt," we're sharing about another project to do during your adoption wait - create a keepsake for your future child.

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Topics: Adoption journey, Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, adoption readiness, how to handle the adoption wait, before you adopt

Get Expert Advice on the Adoption Tax Credit

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 6, 2017

If you're exploring your adoption financing options, you’ve probably heard of the Adoption Tax Credit. Many hopeful adoptive couples have found it challenging to make sense of how it works or how they can apply it to their taxes.

Then you'll want to mark your calendar and come to our free adoption webinar on the tax credit on Thursday, October 19th at 3:00 pm Pacific/6:00 Eastern. This will be an information-packed webinar, with special guest and well-known tax expert, Becky Wilmoth. She is an EA (Enrolled Agent) with Bill's Tax Service in Centralia, Illinois. 

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Topics: Open Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Adoption process, Adoption tax credit, Adoption journey, adoption financing

Watch Deanna's Encouraging Adoption Story in This Webinar!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 2, 2017

This adoption webinar is sure to encourage you with faith and dedication during your adoption wait! Lifetime knows that when you're waiting to adopt, you'll experience many highs and lows, and a mixture of emotions.

Last year, adoptive parents David and Deanna were expecting yet another season waiting for a baby. But, Lifetime called them about a birth mother who was about to deliver a baby girl! In this special webinar, adoptive mom Deanna shares her story with parents-in-waiting. 

We've now made the recording of this helpful webinar available online. Keep reading to learn how you can watch it for free, wherever you're at!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Christian Adoption, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Adoption journey, adoption wait, adoptive parenting, domestic infant adoption

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

The Top 8 Things Successful Adoptive Parents Have in Common

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 11, 2017

Part 8

Today, we're sharing the final part of Lifetime Adoption's 8-part blog series, How to Be Successful in Domestic Infant Adoption. With this series, we hope to help you in learning how you can successfully adopt a baby with a shorter adoption wait!

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Topics: Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Adoption journey, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, adopt a baby, how to handle the adoption wait, adoption webinars, how to be successful in domestic infant adoption