Adoptive Families Blog

Celebrating National Adoption Month With a Glimpse Back in Time

Posted by Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P. on November 6, 2019

Happy National Adoption Month! Here at Lifetime Adoption, we celebrate adoption year-round. But November holds a special place in our hearts. This month is recognized across the U.S. as National Adoption Month, and it's the perfect opportunity to share the beauty of adoption.

Today, I'd like to share about how adoptions in the U.S. have changed over the years. Join me as I reveal a peek into the past of how adoption has evolved from a secretive practice to a nationally recognized and celebrated event!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Infant adoption, closed adoption, National Adoption Awareness Month, history of adoption

How Has DNA Testing Transformed Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 24, 2019

DNA testing can provide a lot of information to an adoptive family about their child. DNA testing is done for two reasons in the adoption community. The first reason is for people who are placing a child for adoption. Sometimes a paternity test is required so a biological father can rescind his parental rights for the adoption to proceed.

The second most common reason for DNA testing in adoption is for verifying birth relatives later in life. This helps with taking away an adoptee's uncertainty of connecting with their potential birth parent. However, with open adoption becoming more common, there's often no need for a DNA test. That's because the adopted child grows up knowing his or her adoption story, origins, and birth parents. By remaining in contact with their birth parents, they don't have to conduct a search for them, and then undergo a DNA test. 

Today, DNA testing is incredibly easy. A simple saliva test with or 23andMe can reveal a TON of information about a child’s biological history.

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Topics: Open Adoption, closed adoption, adoption reunion, DNA testing and adoption, DNA and adoption

What If Our Birth Mom Wants a Closed Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 30, 2017

Nowadays, open adoption is becoming the norm, and most birth mothers desire some amount of contact after placement. But what happens if your birth mom wants to have a closed adoption? Is that possible with modern adoption?

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Topics: Open Adoption, closed adoption, relationship with birth mother

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

When a Birth Mother Desires Closed Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 30, 2015

While open adoption is becoming more understood and desired among birth parents and adoptive families, time to time we still are asked by birth mothers, “Can I have a closed adoption?”

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Topics: Open Adoption, closed adoption