Adoptive Families Blog

What You Need to Know About Birth Mother Substance Use

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 19, 2019

When you begin the adoption process, your adoption professional will ask you several questions to determine your adoption preferences.

As Lifetime asks you what kinds of substance exposure you're open to in your baby, we understand that your main concern is the health of your future child. 

The expectant mothers that Lifetime Adoption serves are typically already facing personal challenges when they discover that they're pregnant. And sometimes, their challenges include substance use or addiction. While most of the women that Lifetime works with don't use any drugs or alcohol during their pregnancies, we do occasionally help women who are struggling with substance use issues.

This tends to make some hopeful adoptive parents anxious. We understand that you want to make sure the baby you adopt is healthy and safe. At Lifetime Adoption, we work hard to find the right adoption situation for each adoptive family, birth mother, and child. That includes making sure you're comfortable with substance exposure in your baby’s background.

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Topics: Infant adoption, prenatal drug exposure, drug-exposed baby, relationship with birth mother, adoption preferences, substance use during pregnancy, domestic infant adoption

How to Talk With Your Child About Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 29, 2019

It's vital to help your biological and adopted children understand who they are, and their importance in your particular family.

Author and psychotherapist Stacie Cahill is an adoptive mother who works with parents as they tackle adoption identity issues. She and her husband were blessed to adopt a baby girl, whom they named Chelsea. The adoption happened when their biological son, Jacob, was two.

Three years later, Jacob took it upon himself to describe adoption to Chelsea. He told her the stork brought her to their house. She was upset. Not a great way to describe adoption to a tender three-year-old!

At that point, Stacie knew that she had to give a better explanation. She wrote a book and dedicated it to Chelsea, explaining how she grew in her heart instead of her body. Stacie knew that adoption was part of her child's identity from the beginning.  This is why you should start talking to your baby about adoption as soon as possible.

If you have both biological and adopted children in your family, make sure you find ways for everyone to feel special and included. The more you talk about it, the less likely your children will have identity questions as they get older. Starting the adoption dialogue early can be very beneficial for the adopted child, and creates the foundation for conversations to come. Keep reading to discover tips on talking to children about adoption!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Parenting, Infant adoption, adoptive parenting, talking to children about adoption

Lifetime Couple's Podcast Shares What They've Learned in 3 Infant Adoptions

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 22, 2019

Ever wish that you could hear from someone who's "been there, done that" and recently experienced an infant adoption firsthand? When you initially begin the adoption process, it can be very overwhelming. Hopeful adoptive parents benefit immensely from hearing what adoption was like for others.

Hearing other parent's adoption stories provides encouragement, along with invaluable guidance and tips as you navigate the unknowns of adoption. One of the best things that hopeful adoptive parents can do is to learn from others who have gone before them on the same path! Why not learn about infant adoption while you drive to work, do housework, or go for a run with a podcast?

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption Tips, Infant adoption, Adoption story, adoptive dads, how to afford adoption, what is open adoption like?, domestic infant adoption, affording adoption, adoption podcast, Infant Adoption Guide podcast, Infant Adoption Guide

How to Bond With Your Baby After Infant Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 8, 2019

Some parents expect an instantaneous bond with their new baby immediately after infant adoption. Secretly, these same parents may worry and experience some uncertainty…what if they don’t feel a connection with their adopted infant?

Lifetime has seen the special bonds that develop between adoptive parents and their baby. Like many other aspects of parenting, bonding with your newborn takes work and dedication. We'd love to share some tips so that you can begin to bond with your newly-adopted infant! 

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Infant adoption, Adopting a Baby, bonding in adoption, bonding with adopted baby

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

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

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

In Infant Adoption, How Old is the Baby?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 22, 2018

"My husband and I have just started to look into adoption, after facing infertility. We're interested in your adoption program. We'd especially like to adopt a baby so that we can experience all of those 'firsts' with our son or daughter. 

If we adopt a baby through Lifetime, how old is the baby when we receive him or her?"

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Topics: Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, I want to adopt a baby, adopt a baby, bonding with adopted baby

Adoption Stories Then and Now - Mac and Shay

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 25, 2018

"Thank you so much for all of your time, patience, effort, and support on our adoption journey...All of the webinars and advice you guys give have really helped us develop a strong bond with our daughter Lucy's birth mother," share Lifetime adoptive parents Mac and Shay.

Join Lifetime as we share Mac and Shay's beautiful open adoption story today as a part of our blog series "Then and Now." 

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Topics: adoption stories, Infant adoption, Adoption story, Lifetime Babies, infertility to adoption,, adopt a baby, then and now

Adoption Stories Then and Now - Greg and Bethany

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 6, 2018

We're honored to be sharing Greg and Bethany's beautiful open adoption story today as a part of our blog series "Then and Now." 

As they began their adoption journey with Lifetime, they shared, "We started talking about adopting when we were dating and knew it was a way we wanted to grow our family! Bethany's family is already touched by adoption thorough three of her siblings. We love being parents and are excited and ready to adopt a boy or girl of any race!"

Keep reading to hear Greg and Bethany's cherished adoption journey to their baby! 

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Topics: adoption stories, Infant adoption, Adoption story, Lifetime Babies, infertility to adoption,, adopt a baby, then and now