Adoptive Families Blog

Did You Know That There's an Adoption Symbol?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 11, 2018

Those who have been blessed by adoption want to honor their journey in a meaningful way. Many have used the symbol of adoption  to share their love for open adoption. As you can see in this image, the adoption symbol is a triangle interwoven with a red heart. Each side of the triangle symbolizes the adoption triad: adoptive family, birth family, and the adoptee. The heart intertwined represents the love involved in the relationship of adoption!

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, Adoption family, Birth Mothers, adoption triad, symbol of adoption, birth father, adoptee, adoption symbol

Should We Stop Using the Term "Birth Mother"?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 20, 2018

"I've recently seen a few articles online saying that people shouldn't use the term ‘birth mother' until after a woman places her baby for adoption. Should we stop using the term 'birth mother'? Is it proper to call her a birth mother before adoption?"

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Topics: birth mother, Domestic Adoption, Birth Mothers, positive adoption language

Is There Such a Thing as a "Typical Birth Mother"?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 12, 2018

Many hopeful adoptive parents wonder what birth mothers are like. They worry about speaking with a birth mother on the phone because they don't know what to expect. How old are most birth mothers? Why are they choosing adoption? Are they married or single? What's their background like? Is there such a thing as a "typical birth mother?" Join Lifetime as we share the answers to these commonly-asked questions, and more! 

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption Myths, Birth Mothers, relationship with birth mother, talking to birth mothers, phone call with birth mother

What You Need to Know About Talking to a Birth Mother

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 18, 2017

It’s both thrilling and nerve-wracking to get ready for your first phone call with a birth mother! Many adoptive couples have shared with us that they were very nervous when they talked to their birth mother for the first time. 

Today, Lifetime is sharing 7 pieces of advice when meeting a birth mother on the phone for the first time!

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Topics: Talking to Birthmothers, Birth Mothers, birth mom, relationship with birth mother, adoption match

Helping Birth Moms in Need Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 15, 2017

A great way to bless a birth mom who's created an adoption plan for her child is by donating to a non-profit organization, such as the Lifetime Adoption Foundation

The Lifetime Adoption Foundation always needs items for birth mothers. These items include everything from maternity clothing, to toiletries for labor bags, and journals to help them sort out their feelings.

There are lots of dollar-friendly ideas on how you can help out the Lifetime Adoption Foundation with this goal. Learn about the current donation needs of this non-profit organization and how you can help today!

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Topics: tax-deductible donation, Birth Mothers, Lifetime Adoption Foundation

A Peek Behind the Scenes From Our Director of Adoption Services

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 23, 2017

Lifetime recently celebrated Director of Adoption Services Diane Schafer's 18th year with us! We'd like to take this chance to recognize Diane for her service in building families through adoption. She's helped so many adoptive couples and birth mothers connect through open adoption.

Today, we're sharing an insider's look about how birth mothers pick an adoptive family for their baby! Diane made an appearance in a Facebook Live video for Lifetime, and answered some of the most frequently-asked questions that we get asked about this topic:

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Topics: birth mothers seeking families, Birth Mothers, adoption video,, adoption match, what if a birth mother changes her mind?, talking to birth mothers, photo of birth mother

The Inside Scoop on What Birth Mothers Like to Know

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 10, 2017

Here's a question that Lifetime's Adoption Experts received during a recent Facebook Live video: "What do birth mothers like to know about adoptive families? And, how can we support them better?"

Keep reading to see Lifetime's answer!

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Topics: Birth Mothers, adoption match, first call with a birth mother

Before You Adopt: Learn About Birth Mothers

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 12, 2017

As you wait for a birth mother to choose you, there may be a wide range of emotions you're experiencing from excitement to apprehension. Adoption is unpredictable: adoptions don’t typically occur in an organized, scheduled way. You may feel that you have little to no control over what happens during your adoption wait.  But you do have control: you can control what you're doing to get ready for an adoption match. 

In this episode of our "Before You Adopt" series, we're sharing about another activity that you can do before you adopt, and that's to learn more about birth mothers. Read on to discover why educating yourselves about birth mothers now will benefit you later!

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Topics: Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, Adoption story, Birth Mothers, adoption readiness, birth mother stories, how to handle the adoption wait, before you adopt

Curious About Birth Mothers? Get a Glimpse Into Their World!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 9, 2017

Have you been wondering about what women considering adoption are like? You're able to get answers to the most commonly-asked questions about birth mothers at a Facebook Live Video on our page, Lifetime Adoption Center!

Lifetime Adoption's Director Heather Featherston and long-time Lifetime staff member Diane Schafer (Director of Adoption Services) appeared in this episode and shared their adoption expertise on birth mothers, while answering the audience's questions. Today, we're giving you access to their expertise as well!

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Topics: birth mothers seeking families, Birth Mothers, Pregnant and considering Adoption, birth parents seeking adoptive families, birth mom, what if a birth mother changes her mind?, first call with a birth mother, phone call with birth mother, Lifetime Adoption Facebook LIVE, Facebook LIVE

"Why Are Your Birth Parents' Preferences So Specific?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 5, 2017

Here's a question that was asked during one of Lifetime's recent Facebook Live video sessions: "I've checked out the birth parents seeking families on your website. Some have very specific things they’re looking for in adoptive parents. Why is that? Do you ask birth parents to open up on their preferences and also look at other families?" This is a great question, and we're going to share our answer with you here today!

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Topics: Birthmother, birth mothers seeking families, Birth Mothers, birth parents seeking adoptive families, choosing an adoptive family, adoption preferences