Adoptive Families Blog

"We’re forever thankful for her birth parents' sacrifice and love!"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 3, 2019

Oftentimes, Lifetime connects with adoptive couples in the midst of their route to parenthood, at a crossroad where loss meets the possibility for positive things ahead through adoption. In this post, Lifetime mom, Lisa, shares how she and her husband Frank moved from infertility to adoption.

In this family’s story, we hear how Frank and Lisa moved through their adoption wait to a match and embraced the opportunity open adoption gave them to develop a friendship with their daughter’s birth parents.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption story, relationship with birth mother, what is open adoption like?

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

She Gets it from You: Author’s Letter to Daughter’s Birth Mother

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 27, 2018

Recently one of Lifetime’s adoptive moms introduced us to author Melissa Radke’s book, Eat Cake. Be Brave., a personal testimony of faith, courage, accepting one’s strengths and unique path in life, including infertility, miscarriage, and adoption. In Chapter 19, Dear Miss Danielle, we were moved to read Radke’s heartfelt letter to her daughter’s birth mother. This real-life encounter with modern adoption, as seen through an everyday adoptive mom (with a great sense of humor and ability to share words as if you’re talking with a friend), will speak to so many of our followers and families.

If you’re a hopeful adoptive parent, or if you’re already raising a child through adoption, you’ll be touched by this excerpt from Chapter 19 of Eat Cake. Be Brave. Perhaps you’ll identify with the hard emotions each side of a child’s adoption face as they come together for a match. Or you’ll anticipate the great love that you’ll have for the ONE mother who chooses you to adopt her baby, and how you hope you can find just the right words to tell her how much she means to your family, how much you admire her brave love. You might even read this as a birth mother, and be reassured that you are not forgotten, and some of the brightest things about your child will remind his or her adoptive parents of you in the best ways.

Because of modern adoption, a child can grow up knowing that she inherits good things from both sides of her story.

With permission from Melissa and David Radke, we are honored to share this letter to her daughter's birth mother excerpt from Eat Cake. Be Brave. with you below.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption Book, Adoption story, infertility to adoption,, books about adoption, what is open adoption like?, modern adoption, Christian adoption book

Get 7 Tips on How to Support Your Loved One's Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 3, 2018

The goal of today’s post is to help improve your family member's and friends' understanding of how adoption works today. If they wish to share in your adoption experience, this information can serve as a starting point for conversations about how your adoption will touch everyone.

We encourage you to share this post with your loved ones!

If someone you care about is hoping to adopt, you become part of their adoption circle by supporting them. As such, you’ll need insights and information about adoption. Whether you’re experienced or unfamiliar with adoption, this blog post will be beneficial. We encourage you to as you participate in their lives as an adoptive family.

Here are 7 ideas on how you can support your loved one during their adoption journey:

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption Tips, Support adoption, modern adoption, family member is adopting

How to Tell Your Child They Were Adopted (and How Not To)

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 26, 2018

"When should I tell my child they're adopted?"

"What if they don't understand or it makes them sad?"

"How should I tell my child that they were adopted?"

These are some of the most commonly asked questions asked by hopeful adoptive parents, struggling to find the right answers. Today, Lifetime shares the best way to share your child's adoption story with them!

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Topics: Open Adoption, adoptee, explaining adoption to children

A Healthy Open Adoption Needs These 6 Things

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 19, 2018

Decades ago, almost every adoption was closed. Back then, people thought that closed adoption was best for the child. Today's adoptions look much different. An estimated 95% of domestic adoptions now have some level of openness between adoptive parents and birth parents. 

Even though there are varying kinds and levels of openness in open adoptions, there are healthy traits that many have in common. Here are 6 traits that adoptive families should strive for in healthy open adoptions:

 

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Topics: Open Adoption, adoption tip, relationship with birth mother, what is open adoption like?

Hope to Expand Your Family Through a Second Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 11, 2018

Are you hoping to adopt again? Many who have experienced the joys of parenthood wish to expand their family through adopting a second time.  We'd be honored to be a part of your second adoption journey!

After 32 years of experience, Lifetime is confident that we know what birth mothers are looking for in an adoptive family. And what many are seeking today are experienced adoptive parents, who have already adopted a baby.

Keep reading to learn how you can expand your family through the miracle of another adoption!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Domestic Adoption, domestic infant adoption, second adoption, adopt again

Lifetime Family's Amazing Story Published in Magazine

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 14, 2018

We’re delighted to share with you that one of our adoptive couples, Zachary and Kearsten, have been featured in a national publication, the Coastal Virginia Magazine! The adoptive family was interviewed for a new segment called "What It's Like" to talk about adoption.

Keep reading to see what they said about the journey to adopt their sweet baby boy, Maverick!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Adoption story

Webinar Coming Up on Thursday! Trusting God With Your Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 21, 2018

Coming up on Thursday, Lifetime is hosting a Christian adoption webinar called "Trusting God With Your Story." Elizabeth Laing Thompson will be our guest host. She's the author of two popular Christian books, When God Says “Wait” and When God Says “Go”.

Please join us THIS Thursday, May 24th for a daytime webinar. It starts 11:00 am Pacific/2:00 pm Eastern. You can tune in by phone, on your cell phone, or on your computer via the GoToWebinar app. That way, you can catch this adoption webinar no matter where you are: at work, at the store, at the gym, or anywhere!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Christian Adoption, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, adoption webinars, domestic infant adoption, modern adoption, called to adopt

When an Adoption is Meant-to-Be

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 18, 2018

Many adoptive parents wonder if they're on the right path with seeking an adoption. Lifetime adoptive couple Silas and Dawn shared in a recent webinar that they also felt this way. Even as they traveled to adopt their newly-born son, they still had to pinch themselves that it was really happening.

Now, they share that every detail of their son's adoption story shows them it was meant to be! If you're in the adoption wait, hearing their story can serve as a helpful reminder that you too will adopt!

Catch a short video of Silas and Dawn talking about how their son's adoption is meant-to-be! 

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Topics: Open Adoption, Christian Adoption, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Adoption journey, adoption wait, adoptive parenting, domestic infant adoption