Adoptive Families Blog

How to Show Your Love to Birth Parents

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 14, 2019

Birth mothers have a bond with their baby from the start. She’ll wonder what her child will be like, how she’ll care for him or her, and what she’ll need to give her baby the best she can. And sometimes this means making an adoption plan.

It’s a difficult, heart-wrenching choice to make, but it’s one made out of love. A birth mother loves her child so much that she wants to give them a better life; one that she’s unable to provide. After the adoption, she’ll think about her child often and love them for the rest of her life. Adoption is a choice made out of love.

So in honor of her love, this Valentine's Day we're sharing seven ways to extend love to your child’s birth mother!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Communication, relationship with birth mother, what is open adoption like?, gift for our child's birth mother, forever family

Top Tip for Adoption Success That Won’t Cost You a Dime!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 25, 2018

Today's we're sharing a top adoption tip from Lifetime's Founder & adoptive mother, Mardie Caldwell!

"From your very first impression through to the finalization of your adoption, a little sweetness goes a long way with your adoption professional AND with birth mothers.

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Topics: Communication, Adoption Tips, Adoption Professionals, adoption tip, adoption expert Mardie Caldwell

What to Expect from Your Adoption Professional

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 28, 2015

Once you begin communication with an adoption professional, how often should you expect to hear from them? Are they available when you call with questions, or do you get sent to voicemail?

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Topics: Communication, Adoption Professionals, Domestic Adoption, Adoption process

How to Handle Difficult Situations with Openness

Posted by Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P. on September 14, 2015

We all have times in life when we're facing hard situations. Or, it may be that your child, co-worker, spouse, friend or loved one is upset at you. The tips below can be applied to either circumstance.

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Topics: Relationships, Communication, Mardie Caldwell

Why Open Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 19, 2013

Question: Why is open adoption good for us as adoptive parents?

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Topics: Adoption, Communication

What Have You Heard about Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 23, 2013

Open adoption has changed the way women see options when facing unplanned pregnancy. If she isn’t ready or able to provide for her child, adoption can become a positive solution for her and her baby.

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Open Adoption, Communication, Parenting, Adoption Tips

Sharing Your Adoption Plans with Family

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 17, 2013

Adopting a child affects not only the immediate family, but the extended family as well. If you are in the early stages of considering adoption, you might want to speak with your parents about their feelings on the subject. Of course, your choices are your own, but having the support of extended family is an important step to a successful adoption experience.

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Topics: Communication, Adoption Tips, Family, Adopting a Baby

Reassuring Your Child Through Times of Tragedy

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 17, 2012

Yet another mass murder on American soil… This makes the 18th so far in 2012. Violent crime is on the uptick; two times the rate of that in 1960. If possible, we want to completely shield our children from the darkness in the world. However, this is not always realistic. What is a parent to do? How can we talk to our kids in a way that explains a situation, without making them overly fearful?

In the wake of the horrific events of Newton Connecticut, children are bound to have questions and concerns regarding their own safety. The Lifetime staff is heartbroken to hear of these families, similar to our own, forced to deal with such unspeakable devastation. As parents, it is vital to foster a real sense of security by reassuring our children that they are protected. It is not enough to be dismissive and close-mouthed. We owe it to our little ones to address their questions and concerns in a healthy manner.

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Topics: Adoption, Communication, Parenting, Family, General

The Stocking: True Spirit of Giving

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 1, 2012

In 2002, the Hunt family suffered an unbelievable tragedy. They lost their eldest son, Gage, in a skiing accident. The family home had already been decked out for Christmas. The stockings were hung on the fireplace mantel. The tree was massive and beautifully decorated. Scented candles burned in every room. Colorful Manzanita brightened every corner. No one from the outside would ever guess the deep heartache and pain that weighed heavy on the Hunt family home.

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Topics: Communication, Parenting, Family, General, Holidays, Faith

The Possibilities of Journaling

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 25, 2012

Making the decision to adopt is a momentous one. It will be a life changing event for everyone. One great way to keep a record of events is to write in a journal.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Communication, Adoption Tips, Waiting to Adopt, Adopting a Baby