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

Get Creative with Your Adoption Fundraising

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 6, 2013

Are you raising funds for the domestic adoption of a baby? Check out these helpful tips, excerpted from Lifetime Founder Mardie Caldwell’s award-winning book, Adoption: Your Step-by-Step Guide:

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Topics: Adoption, Adoption Tips, Awareness, Fundraising, Economy, Savings

Q&A: Adoption Tax Credit Simplified

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 15, 2013

Q: I hate to admit it, but I have read and studied and still don’t understand the adoption tax credit and how it works. Can you help me?

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Economy, Adoption tax credit

On Target for Super Savings

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 9, 2013

I love shopping at Target! They have great products, fair pricing and convenient locations throughout the country. Target is never stagnant. They are always looking for ways to secure the loyalty of shoppers everywhere. Their latest “carrot” is Target’s new low price promise program.

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Topics: General, Economy, Savings

Savings Alert: Decorating on the Cheap

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 2, 2013

Everyone wants a comfy home! We want to show the world a little of whom we are through our decorating styles and tastes. Now here comes the conflict… You want a nicely decorated space, however, your budget is trying to accommodate saving for your adoption. What is an artistic minded homebody to do?

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Topics: General, Economy, Savings

The Remodel Party

Posted by Guest Contributor on December 29, 2012

A few years ago, we knew a couple that purchased a fixer upper to completely remodel. On the weekend before construction was to begin, we were invited to a large neighborhood destruction party! About twenty families showed up in grungy clothes; ready to play! Everyone was given spray paint, paint brushes, hammers and even shaving cream. The idea was to paint, play and destroy in a safe and controlled way!

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Topics: General, Economy, Savings

Savory Roast and Root Vegetables

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 10, 2012

This is an easy, yet elegant choice to serve while entertaining. Your company will think you worked hard in the kitchen all afternoon. It makes for a lovely presentation and tastes great. During this holiday season, we all want simple. After all, the meal should enhance the conversation and atmosphere. The hostess wants to enjoy the party too!

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Topics: Recipe, General, Economy, Holidays

Savings Alert: Keep Your Purse Looking Great

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 10, 2012

I have a favorite leather purse. It’s honey colored with tassels and a long sturdy strap. I love the tactile feel of the leather under my arm; the comfort of it. My purse cost me a pretty penny and I am determined to make it last.

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Topics: General, Economy, Savings, Waiting to Adopt

Wrapping Paper 101

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 1, 2012

Every Christmas I scramble. Where did I put the wrapping paper? Do I have enough? How do I wrap that?!? I can’t believe I saved those gift bags. Wrinkled paper and torn tissue is never in season. I have had friends and family comment on the sweet job my seven year old son did at wrapping the presents. Oops, it was me… My sheepish smile gives away nothing.

Sometimes, I wish a professional gift wrapper would appear at my house, loaded down with lovely ribbons and double sticky tape. She would smile an angelic smile at me. “You have been so good this year, I am going to wrap, tuck and tape every present you have! Go ahead. Have coffee with your friends. I am your personal wrapping fairy and I am here to make your life easier.” Alas, it is not to be! The burden is mine alone.

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Topics: General, Economy, Holidays

Baby Its Cold Outside

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 30, 2012

Have you noticed the cold weather setting in? I sure have! You might even be experiencing snow where you live. No one wants to be cold and uncomfortable in their home (especially over Christmas). On the other hand, it’s no fun to get a huge bill in the mail on January 1st. There are a few simple changes you can make to save money on your heating bills, without sacrificing comfort.

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Topics: Family, General, Economy, Adopting a Baby