Adoptive Families Blog

How to Deal When Your Parents Are Anti-Open Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 6, 2019

Today, we address a question from a hopeful adoptive mom who is concerned that she won't have support from her family during the adoption journey:

"My husband and I are so excited to adopt! We've always known that we wanted to adopt a baby.  But, our parents and grandparents don't seem to understand why we'd want an open adoption.

Yesterday, my dad asked me why we want the birth family to remain in our lives. And my grandma has made it clear that she looks down on birth mothers; she doesn't think they should be able to choose their baby's parents.

How can we get the support of our families during the adoption process? I'm worried about the impact that their negative views of open adoption will have on our future child!"

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Topics: Relationships, Open Adoption, Adoption journey, Support adoption, visit with birth family, open adoption visits, is open adoption co-parenting?

When Relatives Aren't Excited About Your Plans to Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 15, 2017

When you announce that you're adopting, you might be expecting family members to be excited for you. But some adoptive parents are shocked by indifferent reactions to their adoption news. Today, Lifetime is sharing a few tips to cope with this situation!

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Topics: Relationships, Infant adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption process, Adopting a child, Adoption preparation, adopt a baby

Before You Adopt: Keep Your Marriage Fresh

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 21, 2017

For many hopeful adoptive parents, there's a lot of waiting involved in the process. We know that something as important as waiting for adoption can start to feel agonizing!

So in today’s installment of our blog series Before You Adopt, we’re sharing about another thing you can do while you wait to be chosen by a birth mother: keep your marriage fresh.

Lifetime has seen that many times, the adoption wait can put a strain on a couple's marriage. Today we're sharing tips on how you can keep your marriage fresh during your adoption process.

Here are just 5 ways that you can show your spouse you love them:

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Topics: Relationships, Marriage, Adoption preparation, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, adoption readiness, how to handle the adoption wait, before you adopt

10 Conversation Starters for Adoptive Couples

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 26, 2017

Before you adopt a baby, it’s important to strengthen your relationship and marriage. After all, a birth mother is seeking in you what she can't provide her child right now: stability and security.

Today, Lifetime is sharing 10 conversation starters you can use to begin and continue to effectively communicate with your spouse.

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Topics: Relationships, Marriage

How to Support Your Spouse During the Adoption Wait

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 30, 2017

If you're adopting as a married couple, how can you support your spouse through the process of adoption? Lifetime Adoption recognizes that the adoption process (and the waiting) can be challenging in different ways to each spouse. In this post, you’ll discover how you can remain focused on moving forward, while still enjoying this current season in your marriage.

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Topics: Relationships, Marriage, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, how to handle the adoption wait

What If Your Spouse is Uncertain About Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 23, 2016

Before you start on the path to infant adoption, it’s important that both you and your spouse are onboard and enthusiastic. We encourage you to confront and resolve any issues or concerns you may have surrounding adoption. But what if your spouse is uncertain of whether you should adopt?

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Topics: Relationships, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, adoption decision, adopt a baby

3 Reasons Your Family May Not Support Your Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 4, 2016

When starting the adoption process, most adoptive parents anticipate that their family will support them as if they were having a biological child.  And truth be told, most do. 

Sometimes, however, issues may pop up that leave you asking yourself “Do they really support me in this?”

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Topics: Relationships, Domestic Adoption, Adoption process, Adoption journey, Adoption Fees

Do You Have Realistic Adoption Expectations?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 14, 2016

For couples who’ve faced infertility, adoption quickly becomes one of the best ways for them to realize their dream of being a parent. While adoption is a wonderful way to start your family, as with any life situation, it is very important that the expectations about the process and the outcome are realistic.

You may not be realistic in your adoption expectations if you:

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Topics: Relationships, Open Adoption, Domestic Adoption

How to Handle Difficult Situations with Openness

Posted by Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P. on September 14, 2015

We all have times in life when we're facing hard situations. Or, it may be that your child, co-worker, spouse, friend or loved one is upset at you. The tips below can be applied to either circumstance.

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Topics: Relationships, Communication, Mardie Caldwell