Adoptive Families Blog

"Every smile, giggle, and coo was designed by God's perfect plan!"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 12, 2018

Earlier this year, adoptive couple Derek and Jennifer were blessed to adopt a baby boy through Lifetime. In this family’s story, we hear from Jennifer about receiving "the call," the bond they've established with their son Elijah's birth mother, and their experience with becoming parents together through an open adoption.

Now a forever family, adoptive mom Jennifer shares their beautiful story in this special guest blog post!

Because we live on the West Coast, I wasn't surprised to hear my cell phone ring as the sun began to rise over the mountains.

As I pulled my phone closer and tried to focus my blurry eyes, I saw the call was coming from Grass Valley, California. I held my breath as I answered knowing that Lifetime Adoption called with "good news" outside of business hours. My husband and I listened to the voice on the other end of the phone intently. She spoke of a birth mother who chose us to raise the precious child growing inside of her. We listened carefully to every word and detail and soon learned a baby boy was due in just over three weeks.

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Topics: Adoption story, Newborn Adoption, Open Adoption, what is open adoption like?, adoption experience in the hospital

Adoption Registry: Shopping Checklist for Parents-in-Waiting

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 2, 2016

Here's our follow-up to last week's post, Buying for Baby: Should we stock up now or later?

So you’re ready to start your adoption registry or wish list, but aren’t sure where to start? Lifetime has created this adoption shopping checklist so you can be sure you have all the needed essentials on your registry for adoption.

Remember, you may need to customize your own list, based on your adoption search goals. For example, if you’re open to a child between the ages of newborn to 2 years old, you may not want to stock up on newborn clothing or buy an infant car seat until you know for sure the age and needs of the specific child you adopt.

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Topics: adopt a baby, Infant adoption, Newborn Adoption, adoption shopping, adoption shopping checklist, what to pack when traveling for your adoption, adoption travel tips, Your Adoption Checklist, adoption checklists

Buying for Baby: Should we stock up now or later?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 26, 2016

Adoptive parents-in-waiting ask: “Should we have a nursery or room ready before we adopt?” The answer to this will vary parent to parent—some families prefer to wait so that an empty room or unused gear aren’t sitting unused, while others like knowing they are ready and stocked for when their child arrives. Whatever you decide to do in your adoption path, it IS wise to plan ahead for some things, even if it’s just to create a registry or have a list of items you know you’ll want or need when it’s time for your adoption.

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Topics: Infant adoption, Newborn Adoption, adoption tip, Adoption Tips, what to pack when traveling for your adoption, adoption travel tips

Tips for New Adoptive Parents

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 12, 2016

It can be overwhelming to assume 24 hour care of a child, especially a newborn who may have his days and nights mixed up. So once you bring home your baby through adoption, prioritize rest! In this post, we’re going to share some great tips you can follow in those early days after placement.

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Newborn Adoption, adoptive parenting

Adoption Q&A: Getting Ready for Baby

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 31, 2016

Question: My friends who are pregnant are doing all kinds of prep for baby: childbirth classes, visiting the labor & delivery ward at the hospital, and choosing pediatricians.

Where should my husband and I start in our baby preparations? I’m not sure what to do first, since we don’t know when we’ll bring our baby home.”

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Topics: Infant adoption, Newborn Adoption, Adopting a Baby, adopt a baby

Let Lifetime Help You With Your Newborn Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 15, 2015

Newborn adoption is a prayer come true for waiting families. After months or years of yearning, searching, hoping, and praying, bringing home your own little boy or girl is an indescribable moment of joy, and the greatest blessing one can receive.

Lifetime Adoption can help you realize this dream by connecting you to our extensive listing of nationwide adoption situations. The current listing includes almost 50 expectant mothers. Many of them are interested in open adoption, and all of them are considering adoption, finding the perfect home for their child. They’ve partnered with Lifetime because they know Lifetime’s specialty is supporting and helping birthparents find the match they’ve been hoping for.

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Topics: Newborn Adoption

Christmas Blessings from Lifetime Adoption Center

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 20, 2013

Here at Lifetime Adoption, we receive hundreds of Christmas greetings and photos from past adoptive families. In order to celebrate the true blessing that adoption is, we have created a photo slide show out of these photos. To enjoy, please click on the "play" button below:

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Topics: Adoption, Open Adoption, African American Adoptions, Newborn Adoption, Adopting a Baby

Preparing Your Pets for the Arrival of Your Baby

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 15, 2013

There is nothing like having to care for the feeding and comfort of another living being to teach commitment and hone the skills of parenthood. Now that you and your spouse are preparing to become parents, you might be wondering how to ease “Fido” into his new role at the bottom of the priority list!

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Topics: Newborn Adoption, Adopting a Baby

Video of Lifetime Adoption baby Olivia Grace

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 22, 2013

In this video, adorable 11-month-old Lifetime baby Olivia Grace toddles around. Adoptive parents Fred and Mary share "We have been blessed beyond words! Thank you to everyone at Lifetime for helping to make this happen for our family!"

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Topics: Adoption, Newborn Adoption

Another Safe & Successful Adoption at Lifetime!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 20, 2013

See more recent adoptions at

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Topics: Newborn Adoption, Adopting a Baby