Adoptive Families Blog

Before You Adopt: Explore Your City

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 8, 2018

For many couples, waiting to be chosen as adoptive parents can feel agonizing. There’s a certain amount of waiting to be expected in the infant adoption process. That's why at Lifetime, we encourage you to make the most while you're waiting for adoption in our blog series "Before You Adopt."

In this blog series for hopeful adoptive parents, we encourage you to do productive activities such as taking a childcare class, building your adoption budget, and getting practice with parenting before adoption. Today, we’re sharing a fun activity you can do while you wait to be chosen by a birth mother: explore your city.

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

In the Adoption Wait? Get Our Holiday Survival Tips

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 4, 2017

Family gatherings and Christmas traditions make this a fun, exciting time of year for most people. But for couples waiting for adoption, the holiday season might become a time of added pressure and disappointment. Loved ones mean well but ask questions or make remarks that feel hurtful or seem insensitive.

A common question from hopeful parents waiting for a child is: "How do we get through the holidays?" Keep reading to get Lifetime’s advice for adoptive parents waiting to adopt this holiday season!

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

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

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

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

Your Adoption is All in His Timing

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on September 29, 2017

"Children are a heritage from the Lord and a reward from Him."
-Psalm 127:3.

Get tips on how you and your spouse can pray for each other while you wait for a birth mother to choose you!

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Topics: Christian Adoption, Mardie Caldwell, Adoption prayer, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, how to handle the adoption wait, praying for your adoption

Before You Adopt: Work on Your "Someday" List

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 25, 2017

Waiting for something as life-changing as becoming parents can start to feel tortuous. There’s a fair share of waiting in the infant adoption process. That's why at Lifetime, we encourage you to make the most while you're waiting for adoption.

So in today’s edition of Before You Adopt, we’re sharing about another activity you can do while you wait to be chosen by a birth mother: work on your "I'll do it someday" list!

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

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

Procrastinating During Your Wait? Tips on How to Act Now

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 4, 2017

Does any of this sound familiar?

Are you going to start going to the gym?
Our adoption paperwork is taking all my time now. I’ll use our gym membership after we adopt.

Honey, should we talk to a counselor?
Let’s do that after we adopt. Counseling is expensive, and we need to save the money for the adoption right now.

Do you plan to take a vacation this year?
No, we’re going somewhere after we adopt. We’re trying to save up all the paid time off that we can get at work.

Should we get life insurance?
Let’s do that after we adopt…there’s no point in getting it right now.

When are you going to quit smoking?
After we adopt.

Have you found a new church?
We’ll look around after we adopt and have a new baby to bring along.

“After we adopt” is probably the biggest excuse we’ve heard in our 30 years in the adoption field. It’s used as a reason for procrastinating on something that people know they should do. Some are anxious that it may get in the way of their adoption plans. Read on as we share what to do while waiting for adoption. Avoid procrastination during your wait and act now!

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Topics: Adoption journey, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, how to handle the adoption wait