Adoptive Families Blog

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

Before You Adopt: Take a Childcare Class

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 28, 2016

Adopting a child is a wonderfully life-changing experience. But before you've created your forever family through adoption, it’s important to address areas where additional training and support may be needed. Parenting is an exciting adventure which can be challenging. We encourage adoptive families to learn all that they can about being parents before bringing their baby (or child) home through taking a baby care class. Babies definitely don’t come with instruction manuals, so you’ll be thankful that you learned about newborn care before you adopted.  

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Before You Adopt: Prepare Your Family

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 7, 2016

We hope that you've been enjoying Lifetime Adoption's blog series “Before You Adopt,” which gives helpful tips and tasks that you can get done during your adoption wait.

Today, we’re sharing tips with you about how you can prepare your parents for your upcoming open adoption. Read on to discover how you can help your future baby's grandparents understand the modern style of domestic adoption and how the open adoption process works.

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

Before You Adopt: Checking Off the "Honey-do's"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 28, 2016

We hope that you were able to take advantage of the action steps recommended in last week's "Before You Adopt" post about getting ready to talk about adoption with your child. 

Today, we're presenting another activity you can do prior to adoption placement: tackle and complete your "honey-do list". 

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Topics: Adoption preparation, adoption readiness, before you adopt

Before You Adopt: Talking About Your Adoption Story

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 24, 2016

Lifetime Adoption shared about the importance of getting in shape in our post Before You Adopt: Get in Shape, part of our new blog series “Before You Adopt."  Today, we're sharing about another constructive action that you can do during your adoption wait.

Read on, and we'll share pointers about how you will talk about adoption with your future child.

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Topics: Adoption preparation, adoption readiness, before you adopt