Adoptive Families Blog

Infant Adoption During Times of Uncertainty

Posted by Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P. on March 16, 2020

Is now a good time to adopt?

Does the worldwide Coronavirus affect adoption plans?

Should we consider adoption in this economic climate?

Are you asking yourselves any of these questions? If so, the short answer is – Yes, now is the best time to start your adoption plan. The world may seem upside down, and the uncertain economic times caused by stock market fluctuations and the effect of COVID-19 on our economic stability are concerning. We, at Lifetime, understand the anxiety both adoptive parents and birth parents are experiencing. This is a time in the adoption world, however, where the number of adoptive parents decreases and the number of pregnant women looking for adoptive parents for their babies increases.

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Topics: Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Economy, domestic infant adoption, COVID-19 and infant adoption

10 Questions That Everyone Googles About Domestic Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 4, 2020

If you've been looking for answers about adoption on Google, you're not alone. Many hopeful adoptive parents turn to their favorite search engine as a way to learn more about how they can expand their family through adoption.

Among many other questions, people wonder how much it costs to adopt, what happens if the birth mother changes her mind, and how long the process takes.

Check out the most common questions hopeful adoptive parents search for on Google, along with answers from our adoption experts!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption process, domestic infant adoption, open adoption questions

Why Adopt? 12 Reasons to Adopt a Baby

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 31, 2019

The decision to adopt a baby is a very personal one to make. Why do couples turn to adoption to expand their family? It's not possible to say there's one reason why people adopt since every family is different. Each couple will seek an infant adoption for their own reasons.

Many wonder what some of these reasons to adopt a baby are. Join Lifetime Adoption as we share 12 common reasons to adopt a baby!

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Topics: Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, adopt a baby, domestic infant adoption, why adopt?

Symbol of Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 8, 2019

Many don't know about this, but there is an adoption symbol. You may have heard people use the term "adoption triad." It’s a commonly-used term in the adoption community that describes the three sides of every adoption: the birth family, the adoptive family, and the adoptee. The triangle in the symbol represents those three sides. The heart intertwined in this symbol of adoption represents the love involved in the relationship of adoption!

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Topics: Adoption Gifts, Domestic Adoption, Adoption family, Adoption bracelet, Adoption Prayer Bracelet, adoption jewelry, adoption gift, adoption triad, symbol of adoption, gift for your birth mother, gift for our child's birth mother

How to Tell if Adopting Twins is Right for You

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 17, 2019

Adopting twins is a joyous experience. A family who has been praying for a baby gets to take home not one, but two bundles of joy.

However, as you’ve probably already heard, one child is a lot of work and two is double! Pamela Fierro is an expert when it comes to raising twins. She wrote a book, Everything Twins, Triplets, and More. It’s an excellent resource for adoptive and biological parents alike.

Twins are more common in adoption than you might realize. Sometimes mothers who are already struggling with parenting two or three children learn they have twins on the way, and decide it’s best to place them with an adoptive family.

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, domestic infant adoption, twin adoption, twin adoptions, adopt twins

New Webinar This Week! Newborn Adoption Q&A

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 8, 2019

Have you been dreaming of starting your family through newborn adoption? Or maybe you already have children, but want to make your family complete through the blessing of adoption.

If you're thinking about adopting a newborn in the U.S., you'll want to attend Lifetime's upcoming webinar, "Newborn Adoption Q&A for Hopeful Parents." Bring your questions to our panel of adoption experts and get the clarity and direction you need to move your adoption dream to the next step.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Newborn Adoption, adoption webinars, domestic infant adoption, modern adoption

10 Reasons to Join an Adoption Support Group

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 1, 2019

An adoption support group can be a wonderful resource for hopeful parents in any stage of their adoption journey! You might have just begun to research domestic adoption or you may be waiting for a birth mother to choose you. You might even have finalized your child’s adoption, and need help navigating adoptive parenting.

No matter which stage you're at in the adoption process, an adoption support group can provide encouragement! Members of an adoption support group are able to learn about and explore issues they may have in common. They also have group discussions that give members the chance to share problem-solving strategies.

These groups are a great place to connect with other adoptive families, share experiences, and ask questions. You might find an adoption support group within driving distance, but there are also many groups that take place entirely online. Keep reading to discover the benefits an adoption support group can offer you, as well as how you might find one!

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, I want to adopt a baby, adoption wisdom, adoption tip, adopt a baby

You'll Love These Tips for Surviving the Home Study

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 3, 2019

For many hopeful adoptive parents, home studies are the most nerve-wracking and time-consuming part of the adoption process. They wonder, "Will our home be acceptable? What will they think about our approach to parenting? What about my past?"

Join Lifetime as we debunk common adoption home study myths, share what to expect, how to prepare, and more!

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Domestic Adoption, Adoption Home Study, Home study, domestic infant adoption, home study tips

Domestic Adoption or International Adoption: Which is Best for You?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 28, 2019

When a couple begins to explore the idea of adoption, it's easy for them to get quickly overwhelmed with information, questions, and decisions.

One of the first decisions they face is whether to seek a domestic adoption or international adoption. Many factors come into play during this decision, including wait time, cost, legal concerns, children available, and medical history.

Join us as we go into detail about these five factors, so that you can decide whether a domestic adoption or international adoption is best for your family!

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, International adoption, adoption wait, cost of adopting, domestic infant adoption, how much does adoption cost

When Are You Too Old to Adopt?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 22, 2019

Marlou Russell is a psychologist, adoption author, and a truly wonderful woman. She chatted with Lifetime about older adoptive parents to help both adoptive parents and birth parents understand that age is not as important as the many other factors that make up a good home.

Many couples are considering adoption later in life for a variety of reasons. One of the main reasons is that people are spending more time establishing their careers, so they are becoming parents later in life than people did years ago.

The percentage of people over the age of 40 who are considering adoption is rapidly growing. Here at Lifetime Adoption, we have had adoptive parents in their 40s and 50s and even some dads in their 60s.

Marlou explains that there are benefits in placing a child with older adoptive parents.

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, Adopting a Baby, domestic infant adoption, adoption qualifications, older parent adoption, adoption requirements