Adoptive Families Blog

How to Find Purpose in the Adoption Wait

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 29, 2019

When adoptive couples come to Lifetime, most are coming from their own journey of months or years of already waiting—waiting through miscarriage, waiting through infertility, waiting, and waiting to be picked by a birth mother. So it makes sense that one of the most-asked questions hopeful parents have when they hear our Adoption Story webinars is "How long did you wait to adopt?"

When it comes to infant adoption, the wait is usually a focus, and at times a challenge, for hopeful adoptive parents.

Lifetime recently welcomed a special webinar guest, Carly, who shares her story about praying to become a mother, moving past years of fertility treatments, and welcoming her son home through open adoption. She describes how she started to see how every step of her story, including the wait, was a significant part of the journey and prepared her for what was to come. As Carly shares, "There's purpose in the wait."

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Topics: Christian Adoption, Adoption webinar, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, how to handle the adoption wait, adoption webinars

6 Ways to Celebrate Birth Mothers

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 11, 2019

The Saturday before Mother's Day has been traditionally honored as Birth Mother's Day throughout the US. While we think it's totally appropriate to celebrate birth mothers all weekend long, we're taking today to highlight the amazing, brave, loving women behind each adoption story.

One of the most common questions future adoptive parents have to work through, for themselves, is this:

"What would it be like to raise a child who also had another family that loved him first?"

A child's birth mother will always be a special part of his or her story. As most of Lifetime's adoptive parents share, once you get to know the ONE birth mother who has chosen you to become her baby's family, the natural progression is to grow a deep love and care for that amazing woman who made your adoption dreams come true.

So this Mother's Day weekend, as you recognize your own adoption miracle, or pray for the next step in your adoption goals, take a moment to celebrate the brave love that threads between all birth mothers. Here are a few ways you can honor birth mothers today:

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Topics: Birthmother's Day, Open Adoption, Christian Adoption, Birth Mother's Day, Mother's Day, birth mother stories, National Birth Mother's Day

Art that’s ‘filled with joy’ & Heart for Birth Mothers

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 8, 2019

Hand-Lettered Artwork to Benefit Lifetime Foundation

Here at Lifetime, many of our staff have volunteered their personal time, donations, and talents to help the Lifetime Adoption Foundation serve birth mothers. This week our own Libby Denniston launched a project in her Etsy shop that combines her passion for modern calligraphy with the work we do through the Lifetime Foundation. Many of Lifetime’s followers will recognize Libby as a regular webinar hostess, but behind the scenes she also does a lot of our design for outreach and adoptive parent profiles, among other things.

In honor of Mother's Day this month, Libby hand lettered a verse from Psalm 9, and the proceeds from the sales of this art print will go to helping birth mothers through the Lifetime Adoption Foundation!

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Topics: Christian Adoption, Birth Mother's Day, Mother's Day, Lifetime Adoption Foundation, Lifetime Foundation, National Birth Mother's Day, adoption is love

This Easter Sunday, Reflect on the Love God Has for Us

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 19, 2019

We hope you are looking forward to a beautiful Easter celebration this weekend. He is RISEN indeed!

Easter is a precious time to reflect on the great love that our God and Savior have for us. Through our faith we see just how important adoption is to our Heavenly Father: He chose us to be heirs in His Kingdom! What a family He's creating through adoption in Christ!

Did you know the Hebrew word for adoption means "to place” into a new family? It's intentional, it's permanent, and it's a choice. Adoption was something God PLANNED, as we see in Ephesians 1:5, which reads "God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ..."

The word "decided" stands out. Adoption is a choice made out of great love for a child.
Adoption is love.

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Topics: Christian Adoption, Easter blessing

Waiting to Adopt: Geoff and Tracy’s Journey to Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 26, 2019

Geoff and Tracy from Texas know what it’s like to wait for a birth mother to choose them. They have been married for almost 20 years, and after spending years trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant, they decided to pursue adoption. Many families decide to adopt instead of undergoing fertility treatments, and Geoff and Tracy did the same.

Tracy was the first one to bring up adoption. At first, Geoff wasn’t ready. He wanted to wait and see if they could have a baby on their own. He was also enjoying his life as it was, with travel and his job. But, as time went on their hearts began to wish more for a baby and Geoff came around to the idea of adoption.

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

New Webinar: Nurturing Your Dream While You Wait

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 20, 2019

Lifetime is excited to announce a new webinar coming up next Wednesday, "A Heart Grown Story: Nurturing Your Dream While You Wait". We'll be welcoming a very special guest speaker.

Carly is an adoptive mom who turned her own experience of longing and praying for motherhood into a passion to encourage other adoptive moms-in-waiting. Her beautiful and uplifting subscription boxes are designed to keep hopeful adoptive moms looking forward to life after adoption, while also nurturing their heart while they wait.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Christian Adoption, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, adoption wait, how to handle the adoption wait, adoption webinars, domestic infant adoption, modern adoption, called to adopt

Worth the Wait - An Adoption Story of Faith and Dedication

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 31, 2019

Each adoptive parent goes through a different journey, mixed with a wide range of emotions, thoughts, and questions. Even though adoptive mother Bethany and her husband Greg waited longer than anticipated to adopt their son, they continued to show faith and perseverance throughout it all. Bethany remained committed to the adoption process, her faith, and focused on the good.

As Bethany shares, "We are beyond thankful to our mighty God who took us through quite the journey to our sweet Gus, but looking back we can see so many times where He had us go through hard moments to prepare us for the blessing that was to come.”

Bethany and Greg’s adoption story is a testament to the well-known adoption phrase "worth the wait!"

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Topics: Open Adoption, Christian Adoption, adoption wait, Adoption story, how to handle the adoption wait

5 Reasons You Should Start Your Adoption Before the New Year

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 21, 2018

When you've decided that adoption is the way you'll grow your family, sometimes it's hard to know when to start the adoption process. Many hopeful adoptive parents wonder if there’s a perfect time to begin their adoption journey. There’s no better time than right now to begin the path towards adopting the baby you’ve been praying for!

Here are the top 5 reasons why it's beneficial to start your adoption journey before the New Year:

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Topics: Christian Adoption, Domestic Adoption, I want to adopt a baby, adopt a baby, domestic infant adoption, application to adopt, ready to adopt

3 Ways to Include Faith in Your Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 23, 2018

Most adoptive parents face some challenges during their Christian adoption journey that are best survived through a strong faith in God. We encourage you to walk in faith every day! Put your frustrations in the Lord’s hands. Trust Him to help you become all He plans you to be: wonderful parents for the child He will bring into your life.

Today, Lifetime is sharing 3 effective ways to include your faith in your adoption journey!

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Topics: Christian Adoption, Adoption prayer, Faith, Adoption journey, faith in adoption

Webinar Coming Up on Thursday! Trusting God With Your Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 21, 2018

Coming up on Thursday, Lifetime is hosting a Christian adoption webinar called "Trusting God With Your Story." Elizabeth Laing Thompson will be our guest host. She's the author of two popular Christian books, When God Says “Wait” and When God Says “Go”.

Please join us THIS Thursday, May 24th for a daytime webinar. It starts 11:00 am Pacific/2:00 pm Eastern. You can tune in by phone, on your cell phone, or on your computer via the GoToWebinar app. That way, you can catch this adoption webinar no matter where you are: at work, at the store, at the gym, or anywhere!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Christian Adoption, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, adoption webinars, domestic infant adoption, modern adoption, called to adopt