Adoptive Families Blog

Stop Doing These 3 Things If You Want to Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 23, 2019

So often on this blog, we share adoption tips about what to do in the process. But since there are many opportunities for hitches along the way, today we're going to share about what NOT to do in adoption, and things to be aware of.

The adoption pointers we provide 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 we share are ones we've experienced.

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

3 things to avoid doing immediately if you want to adopt successfully:

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Topics: Adoption journey, adoption tip, adoption journal,, how to handle the adoption wait, praying for your adoption, domestic infant adoption, marriage counseling, faith in adoption

10 Reasons to Join an Adoption Support Group

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 1, 2019

An adoption support group can be a wonderful resource for hopeful parents in any stage of their adoption journey! You might have just begun to research domestic adoption or you may be waiting for a birth mother to choose you. You might even have finalized your child’s adoption, and need help navigating adoptive parenting.

No matter which stage you're at in the adoption process, an adoption support group can provide encouragement! Members of an adoption support group are able to learn about and explore issues they may have in common. They also have group discussions that give members the chance to share problem-solving strategies.

These groups are a great place to connect with other adoptive families, share experiences, and ask questions. You might find an adoption support group within driving distance, but there are also many groups that take place entirely online. Keep reading to discover the benefits an adoption support group can offer you, as well as how you might find one!

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, I want to adopt a baby, adoption wisdom, adoption tip, adopt a baby

Successful Adoptive Parents Share How to Get Through the Holidays As You Wait

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 20, 2018

Typically, the holidays are a time for celebration and joyful moments. But when you're waiting to be chosen by a birth mother, they might be a source of stress. Your loved ones may mean well, but ask questions or make remarks that feel hurtful or insensitive. If you dread the holidays, it can help to hear from those who have "been there, done that."

Last year during the Christmas season, we asked seasoned adoptive parents: What would you tell a hopeful adoptive parent as they go through this holiday season to encourage them while they wait? What worked for you in Christmases when you were waiting to grow your family? Or what do you wish you'd have done to help the season be lighter? Today, we’re sharing their answers with you!

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Topics: Holidays, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, Christmas, adoption tip, how to handle the adoption wait

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

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

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

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

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