Adoptive Families Blog

Before You Adopt: Develop a Healthy Nutrition Plan

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 2, 2017

We hope that you've been able to learn about some helpful tasks and tips that you can do during your adoption wait in Lifetime Adoption's blog series "Before You Adopt."

You remember that a few months back, we blogged about getting in shape before you adoptIn today's installment of this blog series, we're offering tips on another healthy activity you can do as you wait to be picked by a birth mother: develop a high-quality, nutritious eating plan. 

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, adoption readiness, before you adopt, healthy eating

5 Super-Easy Tips on How to Effectively Deal With Adoption Paperwork

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 29, 2017

Hopeful adoptive couples face a slew of paperwork in the adoption process. If you’re already facing emotional or financial pressure, the paperwork can seem overwhelming.

Those who work outside of the home might find it pretty difficult to get ahold of adoption paperwork and reading. But with attentive preparation and planning, you’ll be able to keep up with the paperwork.

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Topics: Adoption journey, Adoption preparation, preparing to adopt, adoption paperwork

Before You Adopt: Prepare for Bottle Feeding On the Go

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 31, 2017

We hope that you've been able to learn about some helpful tasks and tips that you can do during your adoption wait in Lifetime Adoption's blog series "Before You Adopt."

In today's episode of this blog series, we're offering tips on another activity you can do before adoption placement: prepare for bottle feeding on the go. As you wait for ICPC to clear in your birth mom’s state, you’ll probably be staying in a hotel. (More on ICPC, what it is, and how you can make the ICPC wait a beautiful time here).

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, adoption readiness, before you adopt, bottle feeding adopted baby

Before You Adopt: Prepare Your Pets

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 20, 2017

Adoption is your chosen path to parenthood, and as you may know, it's a process. When the wait starts to seems unbearable, you'll need to exercise patience. Remember, since adoption is a process, it won't happen overnight. 

In today’s "Before You Adopt" series installment, we’ll be sharing about how you prepare your pets for the arrival of a baby or child. Read on to learn more about pets and adoption, and how this productive activity can be performed as you wait to be chosen by a birth mother!

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

Before You Adopt: Get Parenting Practice

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 13, 2017

Keeping busy during your adoption wait is the best way to persist.  Fortunately, there’s a lot that you can be doing during your adoption wait, and it’s not busy work.  Right now, you have more time in your life to get things done. Once you bring home your baby, life will be a lot easier if can complete your to-do’s now. 

So in today’s entry of Lifetime’s "Before you Adopt" blog series, we're sharing about another productive activity you can do during your adoption wait - honing your parenting skills.

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Topics: Adoption preparation, adoption readiness, before you adopt

Before You Adopt: Choose a Pediatrician

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 27, 2017

Many adoptive families have shared with us that the wait to be chosen by a birth mother is stressful. Lifetime Adoption encourages you to turn the waiting phase of your adoption journey into a constructive time. Many of our waiting adoptive families have asked us if there's anything they can do to make their wait less difficult. The answer is definitely "yes!" So today, we're sharing another installment in our series Before You Adopt, about a productive activity you can do during your adoption wait.

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

Before You Adopt: Travel

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 13, 2017

Waiting for most anything - especially something as important as adding to becoming parents – can feel agonizing. There’s a lot of waiting involved in the infant adoption process. So in today’s edition of Before You Adopt, we’re sharing about a fun activity you can do while you wait to be chosen by a birth mother: travel.

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

Before You Adopt: Write in an Adoption Blog

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 9, 2017

The adoption wait can be an exciting, emotional, frightening, and joyful time. One thing it isn’t is predictable. Adoptions don’t usually happen in an organized, scheduled manner. Waiting to adopt is a time when you have little or no control over much of what occurs. What you do have control over is what you can do to get ready for baby before you adopt. 

 In today’s "Before You Adopt" series installment, we’ll be sharing about the benefits of writing in a journal or blog about adoption during your wait. Remember, you can direct your part in the adoption wait. You can’t control all the details, but you can control your response.

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Topics: Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, Adoption story, adoption readiness, how to handle the adoption wait, before you adopt, adoption blog, adoption blogs, blogging aboout adoption

Before You Adopt: Start a Baby Registry

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 23, 2017

"How long will we be waiting to adopt a baby?!" This is one of the biggest questions that hopeful adoptive couples have. And, the waiting phase is likely the most difficult thing to do in your adoption journey. So today, Lifetime is giving you another installment in our series Before You Adopt, which shares productive activities that you can do during your adoption wait.

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Topics: Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, adoption readiness, adoption shopping, how to handle the adoption wait, before you adopt, adoption registry, baby registry for adoption

Before You Adopt: Prepare Your Child

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 9, 2017

Parents arrive at adoption from different places. Some adoptive couples already have children by birth when they choose to adopt. Before you adopt, it's important to prepare your child for the arrival of a new baby brother or sister. Also, you'll likely be traveling to adopt your baby, so you'll need to think about child care during that period. Today, Lifetime Adoption shares tips on preparing for adoption, and how you can achieve both of these goals.

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Topics: Adoption preparation, adoption readiness, before you adopt