Adoptive Families Blog

A Healthy Open Adoption Needs These 6 Things

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 19, 2018

Decades ago, almost every adoption was closed. Back then, people thought that closed adoption was best for the child. Today's adoptions look much different. An estimated 95% of domestic adoptions now have some level of openness between adoptive parents and birth parents. 

Even though there are varying kinds and levels of openness in open adoptions, there are healthy traits that many have in common. Here are 6 traits that adoptive families should strive for in healthy open adoptions:


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Topics: relationship with birth mother, what is open adoption like?, Open Adoption, adoption tip

Top Tip for Adoption Success That Won’t Cost You a Dime!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 25, 2018

Today's we're sharing a top adoption tip from Lifetime's Founder & adoptive mother, Mardie Caldwell!

"From your very first impression through to the finalization of your adoption, a little sweetness goes a long way with your adoption professional AND with birth mothers.

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Topics: adoption expert Mardie Caldwell, adoption tip, Adoption Tips, Adoption Professionals, Communication

3 Things to Stop Doing If You Want to Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 2, 2018

So often on our blog, we share adoption tips about what to do in the process. Since there are many opportunities for hitches along the way, today we hope to share what NOT to do in adoption, and things to be aware of.

The adoption tips we list below may seem like common sense, but they come from Lifetime’s years of experience working with adoptive parents and birth mothers. All of the situations and instances we share today are ones we've experienced.

Lifetime wants to make sure that you’re prepared and equipped with accurate information of what not to do. That way, you can focus on doing the right thing to really ensure a safe and successful adoption!

Here are three things to avoid doing if you want to adopt successfully:

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Topics: adoption tip, Adoption journey, adoption journal,

New Year's Resolution to Adopt a Baby in 2017?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 2, 2017

It's the time of year when everyone makes New Year’s resolutions. There are things we're all going to promise ourselves we'll do in 2017, such as to drink more water, get more sleep, eat healthy foods, and exercise more. But, the reality is, most people fail to stick to their resolution.

So today, Lifetime Adoption is giving you 5 tips that will help you follow through with your resolution to adopt a baby in 2017!

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Topics: Infant adoption, I want to adopt a baby, adopt a baby, adoption tip, Adoption Tips, how to afford adoption, Adoption profile

Buying for Baby: Should we stock up now or later?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 26, 2016

Adoptive parents-in-waiting ask: “Should we have a nursery or room ready before we adopt?” The answer to this will vary parent to parent—some families prefer to wait so that an empty room or unused gear aren’t sitting unused, while others like knowing they are ready and stocked for when their child arrives. Whatever you decide to do in your adoption path, it IS wise to plan ahead for some things, even if it’s just to create a registry or have a list of items you know you’ll want or need when it’s time for your adoption.

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Topics: Infant adoption, Newborn Adoption, adoption tip, Adoption Tips, what to pack when traveling for your adoption, adoption travel tips

9 MORE Tips for New Adoptive Parents

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 10, 2016

Last month, we shared some useful tips for new adoptive parents. These are things that you can do now, during your adoption wait. That way, when you bring home your baby through adoption, you can have the self-assurance that you've already prepared. Today, we’re happy to share 9 more tips with our new or potential adoptive parents:

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Topics: Adoption Tips, adoption wisdom, adoption tip, adoptive parenting, bonding in adoption

4 Keys to Parenting Success for New Adoptive Parents

Posted by Mardie Caldwell 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

Choosing the “Perfect” Name for Your Adopted Child

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 25, 2016

Many adoptive families struggle with what to name their adopted baby or child. When adopting a newborn, often times the baby does not have a name given by their birth mother yet. In an open adoption situation, you might consider choosing the name with the birth mother. This allows you to offer the best name that ties the baby’s past with its future.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Domestic Adoption, adoption tip

What Are Birth Moms Looking For? (Part 2)

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 5, 2016

Infant Adoption Guide has just aired part 2 of its two-part podcast series "What birthmoms are looking for in hopeful adoptive parents." Visit our previous blog post to learn about part one. And, you can download and/or listen to part 1 over at

In part two, Infant Adoption Guide continues to interview Lifetime Adoption's Outreach Coordinator Libby Denniston about what birth mothers are looking for in hopeful adoptive parents. Libby shares her experience helping birth mothers connect with the adoptive parents they seek through open adoption.

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Topics: birth mother, Talking to Birthmothers, Infant adoption, adoption tip, adopt a baby

Tips for Telling People You’re Adopting

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 4, 2016

Whether you’ve just decided on adopting, or have finished the necessary paperwork and home study to adopt, you may be wondering the same thing…“How (and when) do we tell people we’re adopting?”

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption Tips, Domestic Adoption, adoption tip