Adoptive Families Blog

5 Ways to Realize Your New Year's Resolution of Adopting

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 1, 2018

With each new year comes new possibilities and hope for the future. It also offers the opportunity for commitment to a New Year’s resolution. Are you hoping to adopt in 2018?

We’ve all heard the saying “there's no time like the present.” Unlike New Year’s resolutions to lose 50 pounds or exercise more, building a family is a resolution that you don't set to get attention or to please others. The rewards that you get from becoming a parent will mean more to you than all of those superficial things. The life-changing event of adoption will be the start of a fresh chapter in your marriage and your family's history.

So today, Lifetime is going to share five steps to adoption to take into consideration this New Year:

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption Tips, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, I want to adopt a baby, how to afford adoption

Improving the Lives of Others on 'Make a Difference Day'

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 27, 2017

Did you know that tomorrow is national 'Make a Difference Day'? On October 28th, volunteers across U.S. unite for Make A Difference Day, the largest single-day of service nationwide annually. This day was founded in 1992, with the goal of improving the lives of others. 

Tomorrow, consider giving back to the cause of adoption. The nonprofit organization Lifetime Adoption Foundation supports children, women, and families in domestic open adoption. They provide support to birth mothers through scholarships, food, clothing, and assistance with other needs. The Foundation also provides adoption grants to hopeful adoptive parents. Every contribution (no matter how small) will make a difference in the lives of children, birth mothers, and adoptive parents.  Keep reading to learn how you can contribute!

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Topics: Adoption, Adoption Gifts, Adoption Tips, Birthmother, Lifetime Adoption Foundation, Lifetime Foundation, adoption non-profit

Get 5 Tips for Bonding With Your Baby

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 20, 2017

This post originally appeared on our blog a couple of years ago as "Bonding with Baby after Infant Adoption," and we've refreshed it for 2017.

Some adoptive parents expect to feel a bond with their adopted baby right away. Right now, you might be feeling worried and uncertain…what if you don’t feel a connection? Lifetime knows that there are special bonds which develop between adoptive parents and their babies. Like many other areas of being a parent, bonding with a baby will take work and dedication. Today, we're sharing 5 tips for bonding with your adopted baby!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption Tips, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adopting a Baby, adopt a baby, attachment in adoption, domestic infant adoption

How to Plan for Life After the Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 13, 2017

Now is the time to prepare for the emotions and challenges that will accompany the joys and delights of parenthood through adoption. Make sure to have a plan for life after adoption. Today, Lifetime shares 11 things that you can do now, so you're ready for what the future holds!

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt

8 Pointers for a Successful Adoption: Lifetime Mother Shares Her Secrets

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 26, 2017

Plus, 4 tips on what NOT to do!

"My husband and I are with an adoption agency and have been waiting for 10 months. Our profile has gone out to birth mothers but there hasn't been any interest yet. What should we do to be seen by more birth mothers? Any tips for what we should be doing as we wait to be picked?"

We're sharing the answer a Lifetime adoptive mother provided, her 8 pointers for a successful adoption, and 4 tips on adoption to avoid!

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Adoption success, I want to adopt a baby, adopt a baby

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

How to Create an Adoption Profile That Shines

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on July 21, 2016

Today, I want to share some tips with you that'll really help optimize your adoption profile, so that you stand out to potential birth mothers:

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Adoption parent profiles, Adoption profile, Mardie Caldwell

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