Adoptive Families Blog

5 Questions All Adoptees Need Answered

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 26, 2020

Whether you are considering adoption or you have already adopted a newborn and are looking toward the future, you might worry about the questions your child will ask as he or she grows older.

Today, the nature of adoption has changed, and so have the types of questions children ask as they grow older. Open adoption answers many of the tough questions adoptees have asked in the past. As a result of open adoption, children no longer have to wonder what their birth parents’ names are, where they were born, or what their birth mother’s labor and delivery was like. Adoptive families that are open to sharing may discuss adoption and the child’s birth family openly.

Of course, this does not mean that there are no questions that remain. They are simply different and sometimes more in-depth. As your child grows, you might want to consider how you can answer or seek the answers to these common questions.

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Open Adoption, adoptee's story, open adoption questions, talking to children about 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

How to Honor Your Open Adoption Agreement

Posted by Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P. on November 27, 2019

Finally, the day you've been waiting for has arrived: it's time to bring home your newly adopted baby!

The days of searching and waiting are over, and it's time to begin a new season of life as a parent. Your entire family wants to meet this little one, and this is such a joyous occasion.

It's a very normal reaction to want to focus solely on bonding with your new child. Many families say they'd like to forget the adoption process: the paperwork, the interviews, the rejection, and the long wait. They desire to move on as a typical family. These are understandable feelings for adoptive parents. 

But, amid all your joy, you need to remember and respect the open adoption contact agreement you made with the birth mother. Honoring this agreement benefits the entire adoption triad (you, your child, and the birth family) in these ways:

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Topics: Open Adoption, open adoption visits, relationship with birth mother, open adoption questions, open adoption agreement, open adoption contact agreement

What Would You Ask an Adoptive Parent?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 18, 2018

Every stage of hoping-to-adopt comes with many questions, and sometimes those questions are best answered by people who have recently walked where you are today.

What would you most want to ask another Lifetime family? If you sat down with three adoptive moms, what would you want to talk about?

Next Thursday, Lifetime is hosting a free webinar with a panel of three Lifetime adoptive parents. They're eager to answer your questions, as someone hoping to adopt. Ally, Rachel, and Tequila will speak from their families' personal experiences through adoption. This is a great opportunity for any future adoptive parent!

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Adoption Tips, Adoption webinar, Q&A webinar, adoption webinars, open adoption questions

7 of the Most-Asked Questions About Open Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 13, 2018

Most birth parents today seek some form of open adoption, and many adoptive parents do too. Once you've adopted and are joyfully living out your open adoption story, you may get questioned by those who are unfamiliar with the concept, asking "how does open adoption work?" 

Lifetime is sharing 7 of the most frequently-asked open adoption questions adoptive parents might hear about their relationship with their child’s birth parents. Plus, we're providing the answers to these questions, too!

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Open Adoption, open adoption visits, what is open adoption like?, is open adoption co-parenting?, open adoption questions

What Time of the Year Has the Most Adoptions?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 28, 2018

Here's a question that we were just asked, and wanted to share with you today: "Are there peak times of year when adoptions happen more than at other times?"

This is actually one of the most common questions we hear from hopeful adoptive parents! Keep reading to learn the answer.

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Domestic Adoption, domestic infant adoption, learn about adoption, open adoption questions