Adoptive Families Blog

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

How to Celebrate Others' Pregnancies While You Wait to Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 26, 2019

Question: My sister just announced her second pregnancy, and my whole family is excited. I’m so happy for her, but it’s also been hard because I had really hoped that I’d have become a mom by now, and it feels a little like I’m getting left behind.

The happy news has even caused some relatives to ask why we’re still waiting to adopt, or when it will happen for us. I’m trying to stay positive, for my sister’s family, and also for our own adoption plans, but if I’m honest, I’m just struggling. Any tips for this adoptive mom in-waiting?

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Topics: adoption counseling, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, how to handle the adoption wait, domestic infant adoption, adoption support group

Stop Doing These 3 Things If You Want to Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 23, 2019

So often on this blog, we share adoption tips about what to do in the process. But since there are many opportunities for hitches along the way, today we're going to share about what NOT to do in adoption, and things to be aware of.

The adoption pointers we provide below may seem like common sense, but they come from Lifetime’s years of experience working with adoptive parents and birth mothers. All of the situations we share are ones we've experienced.

Lifetime wants to make sure that you’re prepared and equipped with accurate information of what not to do. By becoming informed, you can focus on doing the right things to really ensure a safe and successful adoption!

3 things to avoid doing immediately if you want to adopt successfully:

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Topics: Adoption journey, adoption tip, adoption journal,, how to handle the adoption wait, praying for your adoption, domestic infant adoption, marriage counseling, faith in adoption

Lifetime Named in the Best Adoption Blogs of 2019

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 25, 2019

We're excited to announce that Lifetime's blog has just been awarded in Healthline's Best Adoption Blogs of 2019! It's an honor to be among this list of other awesome adoption blogs. Lifetime's adoption blog was selected from the thousands of adoption blogs out there using search and social metrics. 

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Topics: adoption blog, adoption blogs, domestic infant adoption

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

Adopting When You Have Adult Children

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 6, 2019

A lot of parents come to us with empty nest syndrome. They have grown children, but they want a baby in their lives again.

We often see people having an adverse reaction to these kinds of adoptive parents. They say, “Wow, they have four children already. Since they can have children of their own they don’t need to adopt.”

Adoption expert and psychologist Marlou Russell says that as long as your heart is in the right place, adopting a baby when you have adult children is perfectly okay. You have to look at why you are adopting, and who you are adopting for. Make sure your yearning to adopt is stemming from the right place.

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Topics: Infant adoption, domestic infant adoption, adoption requirements

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

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