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“I’m SO GRATEFUL to have found such an AMAZING adoption agency!”

Lifetime birth mother posts on Facebook Lifetime provides continued pregnancy and adoption support to birth moms from all over. This includes birth mothers right here in Florida, like Terri. Last year, she posted on Facebook about how much she loves her baby’s adoptive mom. And then recently, Terri posted on Facebook:

“I want to take a minute to be thankful for something a lot of people may never understand. I am SO GRATEFUL to have found such an AMAZING adoption agency!!

Lifetime Adoptions, and their case workers ESPECIALLY Tiffany, are the most kind, and caring people you could ever meet !! And I can NEVER thank them enough for finding and bringing to me, my son’s AMAZING adoptive parents Cassie and Matt !!! I am FOREVER thankful !!”

Terri posted on Facebook about Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida

Adoption is a loving decision that pregnant women and moms make with their child’s best interests in mind. Every woman has her own unique circumstances, goals, and hopes for her child’s life.

Here at Lifetime, we’ll never pressure you to parent OR to make an adoption plan for your baby. Instead, we encourage you to plan ahead for your child’s future, and your own.

If you’re considering adoption, we want you to know that you have a say in each part of the adoption process. Some of the many options you have with open adoption include:

  • Selecting your baby’s adoptive parents from hundreds of couples of all races, who are ready and excited to adopt.
  • Getting to know the family you chose before the adoption happens.
  • Planning how things go at the hospital when you give birth.
  • Personalizing the amount of contact you have with the adoptive family and your child in the future.
  • Receiving free licensed third-party counseling, expert legal assistance, and support both before and after the adoption.

We want you to know that adoption answers and help are just a text or phone call away, at 1-800-923-6784.

Get Adoption Guidance from the Experts at Lifetime’s Q&A Webinar

Adoption Q&A webinar on Thursday!Do you have questions about domestic, interstate infant adoption? Then we encourage you to mark your calendar and come to our adoption webinar on Thursday! Lifetime’s experienced adoption experts will be hosting a live Adoption Q&A Webinar.

It begins at 6:00 pm Eastern time on Thursday, February 22nd. At this webinar, you’ll be able to get answers to the questions on your mind and learn from other’s questions too.

Thursday’s webinar is available to you free of charge, and it’s open to all hopeful adoptive parents! Maybe you’re just starting to consider adopting. Or you could be in the adoption wait. No matter where you’re at in your adoption journey, this webinar can help you.

Lifetime’s adoption experts will cover a collection of topics that are helpful any hopeful adoptive parent. They’ll also answer your questions right there, on the spot! So if you’ve had questions about adoption, make sure to bring them to this Q&A adoption webinar. You can sign up using this link, and then set yourself a reminder to join in live. They’ll cover a lot during this webinar, so you may want to take notes!

The Adoption Q&A webinar begins at:
3:00 pm Pacific
4:00 Mountain time
5:00 Central time
6:00 Eastern time

It’ll be 60 minutes well-spent learning all you can about domestic infant adoption!

Sign up using this link or by going to AdoptionWebinar.com. Once you register, you’ll get an email with the details for the live broadcast. You’re able to listen in by phone or participate on a computer or mobile device using your web browser or the GoToWebinar app. Just download this app on your smart phone so that you can listen in to this adoption webinar from anywhere you are!

Hope to see you all there! If you have any questions, just call Lifetime at 1-800-923-6784.

3 Common Fears About Choosing Adoption for Your Baby

discover the truth about 3 common adoption fearsIt’s totally normal to have fears when you’re thinking about adoption for your baby, especially at the beginning of the adoption journey. What has helped some women in your shoes is to talk about their fears with someone who’s been through the process.

Lifetime’s peer counselors are women who have made an adoption plan themselves. Please let us know if you’re interested in talking to one of our peer counselors. It can be a big relief to know that your feelings are normal and that you aren’t alone!

Here are 3 common fears that women have about choosing adoption:

Fear #1: “Giving Up My Baby Makes Me a Bad Mother”
This is probably the most common fear: that making an adoption plan for your baby makes you a bad mother. Adoption isn’t an easy decision to make, and it’s not one that you can be casual about. Every woman experiences adoption in a different way. But in general, there is some pain and grief involved. Know that only the most loving and compassionate mother who wants the best for her child would be willing to even consider adoption. You’re not choosing adoption for yourself, but for your child. You aren’t giving up, and choosing adoption doesn’t make you a bad mother!

Fear #2: “My Child Will Hate Me Someday”
Some women feel like they are simply giving away their baby, and that their child is going to hate them for it. For every negative adoption story you hear, there are many more positive ones. By building a loving, trusting open adoption relationship with the adoptive parents, your child will not hate you for it. With open adoption, your child will be able to communicate with you directly to ask any questions they may have. It’s a good idea to hear adoptee’s stories. Here are a couple: “Open Adoption from an Adoptee’s Perspective” and “Wondering What It’s Like to Be Adopted?

Fear #3: “No One Will Want to Adopt My Baby”
Some women are afraid that none of the hopeful adoptive families will want their baby because they used drugs or alcohol during the pregnancy. The fact is, there are many adoptive parents who truly understand that having children doesn’t come with guarantees. They want to parent the baby they’re blessed with. If you did use drugs or alcohol when you were pregnant, make sure to be honest. Tell your Adoption Coordinator at Lifetime the truth about what your baby has been exposed to. She’ll help you find an adoptive family who is open to prenatal substance exposure, and who will provide your baby with a loving home.

You can call Lifetime at 1-800-923-6784 to ask your questions about adoption or just to get more information. Your communication with Lifetime is always confidential, and you’re never under any obligation to choose adoption. We’re here to help, not to tell you what to do or to pressure you.

What NOT To Do at the Hospital

Many adoptive families nowadays are blessed to get invited by the birth parents to be present for the birth of their baby. We want to share some general guidelines with you today about the adoption hospital experience!

At the hospital, there’s such a difference between adoptive parents that mean well and those who act entitled. Join Lifetime as we share four things that adoptive couples should avoid doing at the hospital.

1. Don’t Invite People

While this is a joyous occasion for you, consider the birth parents. Unless they request the company of your friends and family, avoid the urge to invite them to the hospital.

We want to advise you to not to treat her hospital experience as your own, by celebrating with friends and family.

A birth mother kisses her baby2. Don’t Take Charge
The birth mother should always be the one taking the lead. Remember that right now, you don’t have any legal rights to her child. Show your birth mother the respect she deserves by honoring this fact and understanding boundaries. Don’t make any decisions for the baby until the adoption paperwork has been signed. That means that if hospital personnel asks you a question about the baby, you’ll need to remind them to ask the birth mother. She needs to be the one making the decisions for now.

Lifetime has heard from many birth mothers who cherish the time they’re able to spend with their baby after delivery. So, make sure to let her enjoy this time.

Remember, let the birth mother take the lead and always ask for her permission. It’s important that you allow her however much time she needs to have with her baby.

3. Don’t Stay for Hours on End
Make sure to give the birth mother regular breaks from visiting with you and give her the space she needs. It’s sometimes easy for adoptive couples to be so excited about becoming parents, that they miss her social cues saying she needs some space. Your birth mother definitely needs to rest after giving birth, and she might also need some time alone with her baby.

Follow her lead, and provide for her wants and needs as you can. Avoid trying to take over, and don’t ask her for favors. For example, we’ve heard of adoptive couples asking to have the baby room with them, or for them to sleep over in the birth mother’s room. Don’t be that couple! Your birth mother already has so much on her plate, and she deserves to be in charge.

4. Don’t Pressure Her
Many birth mothers already feel pressured to follow through with adoption, so don’t do or say anything that to add to that. An example is gifts. Even though adoptive couples mean well, giving a gift right now just adds to the pressure she already feels. Your birth mother’s aware you’ve traveled a long way to get to the hospital. She knows the emotional ties you’ve made to her baby.

Our advice is to make sure to communicate with her. Are you unsure of what to say or do? Let her know! Tell her that you’re not there to pressure her. Let her know you’ll still love and respect her should she decide to parent.

Remember, for years to come you’ll be telling your son or daughter their birth story. So what’s important now is that you act in a way that will make your child proud of the role you played.

Well-Educated Wisconsin Adoptive Couple Excited to Welcome Your Child!

Brandon and Terra are so excited to begin their adoption journey! Much of their lives have been spent finishing their education to receive Doctorate and Master’s degrees. Now, Brandon and Terra have great jobs in a beautiful state and are excited to open their arms to your child and to take them to the lake and state parks as much as possible! They’re open to letters, visits, and pictures.

They’ve made a cute video to introduce themselves and share more about what they have to offer your child. Keep scrolling to learn more about this well-educated Wisconsin couple!

Brandon and Terra share, “While we have tried to conceive with no success, adoption has always been a path we wanted to take. Adoption is part of our family as Terra was adopted by her father. Both of us would love to learn more about you and your hopes for your child.  If you believe we are the ones who can best meet the needs of your precious little one, we would be honored to meet you. We are open to letters, pictures, and visits. Whatever makes you most comfortable!”

Here’s Wisconsin adoptive couple Brandon and Terra’s video:

Well-Educated Wisconsin Adoptive Couple Excited to Welcome Your Child! from Lifetime Adoption on Vimeo.

You can find out more about hopeful adoptive couple Brandon and Terra by visiting their adoption website. You may also view all adoptive family profiles here on AdoptionAgencyFlorida.com. If you see an adoptive family that you’re interested in, please give us a call at 1-877-383-6847.

Hear an Adoption Story That Was Meant-to-Be

Hear Silas and Dawn's adoption storyIf you’re waiting to adopt, you might find that you go through seasons of discouragement, and wonder if you’re still on the right track with your adoption. But ask any experienced adoptive parent and they’ll share that once they adopted, it just seems meant to be. The timing, the baby, the events that brought their adoption together…all of it meant to be.
 
Silas and Dawn, a Lifetime adoptive couple, are no exception. They had to pinch themselves that their calling to adopt was leading them to their baby boy, even up until the moment they were traveling to meet him. Silas and Dawn’s anxiety was for nothing since each detail of their son’s adoption story keeps showing them it was meant to be!

This adoptive couple just appeared on a Lifetime webinar and shared the story of how they became a family of five through adoption. Silas and Dawn’s adoption webinar also included an encouraging perspective through the wait, adoption travel tips, how to use social media when a birth mother wants a limited connection, and info about their experience with Lifetime. Silas and Dawn’s story will touch anyone hoping to adopt!

You can watch the webinar replay of Silas and Dawn’s meant-to-be open adoption story online today! Just visit AdoptionWebinar.com to watch “Meant to Be: Silas and Dawn’s Adoption Story.”

Here at Lifetime, we get to see a lot of “meant-to-be” adoption experiences like Silas and Dawn’s! While you’re waiting to be chosen by a birth mother, it can help to hear from others who recently walked where you are today.

Please call Lifetime at 1-800-923-6784 if we can help you or someone you care about get started on the path towards adoption.

5 Tips on How to Survive Work During Your Third Trimester

get our tips on how to survive work during your third trimesterDuring the final weeks of your pregnancy, you probably get tired so easily that it feels like a major accomplishment to do much of anything (for example, tying your shoes!)

It might seem like every day during your third trimester brings a new, unpleasant side effect. But, you still need to arrive at your job and work like everyone else.

Today, we’re sharing 5 quick tips on how you can survive work when you are very, very pregnant:

1. Pack snacks!
Make sure to have plenty of healthy snacks handy at work. Snacking not only satisfies your hunger, but it’ll give you a much-needed energy boost. Plus, snacks provide both you and your growing baby with the nutrients and extra calories you need.

2. Dress comfortably
We suggest loose, stretchy clothing and flat shoes. You can put together a work outfit and still be comfy. For example, try a maxi dress or maxi skirt. Or dress up an outfit with a scarf, necklace, or bracelets. And there’s always the pregnant lady’s favorite: leggings! You can wear a long tunic shirt or dress with your leggings to make them more work-appropriate.

3. Speak up
Ask your co-workers and boss about making adjustments or changes during your third trimester. For example, you could request to take breaks more often, or for work that doesn’t require lots of standing.

You can also ask for adjustments to your work area. If you work at a desk, try putting a box under your feet to prop them up. Also, ask for a small ergonomic pillow to put behind your back. If you stand at your job, try to take breaks and rest often.

4. Know where the bathroom is!
When you’re pregnant, it’s important to drink plenty of water. Getting plenty of water helps prevent swelling, UTIs, fatigue, constipation, headaches, and overheating. Obviously, the more water you drink, the more you’ll have to pee. So, find where the closest bathroom is, plus a backup bathroom in case that one’s in use.

5. Schedule adjustments and days off

If you can, try to give yourself a day off now and then. You can use it to relax and nap. If your job is super-stressful, sometimes a normal two-day weekend doesn’t give you enough time to wind down.

Some pregnant women find that the typical five-day work week leaves them stressed out and overwhelmed. If you feel like this is happening to you, talk to your supervisor about changing up your schedule a little. Maybe you can work part-time a few days of the week.

Women who have worked with Lifetime on an adoption plan for their child have shared with us they were glad to stay active and busy every day during their last trimester. As one birth mom puts it, “I think that if I didn’t work, I’d have just sat around at home feeling mixed-up about my situation. What helped was knowing that I was making the most of this time and giving my baby the best possible life I could.”

Touching Video from a Birth Mom to Her Baby Has Gone Viral!

Birth mother Hannah holds her newborn sonIn a heartfelt video that’s now viral, a birth mother tells her newborn born son that she’ll always love him.

Both People Magazine and The Today Show have featured this story, all about a loving birth mother with a loving message for her baby. “I thought I would make this video for you instead of writing a letter because it’s real and it’s in the moment,” birth mother Hannah says tearily in the video.

Hannah’s video is a lovely reminder of your birth mother’s love for her child. This love may also include you, the parents she chose for her baby. “His adoptive mom Emily is honestly everything I want to be as a person and a mother. I am so grateful that [my son] led me to her and their family. They are a blessing…” Hannah shares.

Your child will really appreciate having a video like this! Many adopted children grow up wondering about their birth family, and why they chose adoption. By taping a video like this, your child is provided with answers to many of their questions. As Hannah words it, “He will never have to think that I ‘gave him up’ or that I did not love him. He will always be able to know that I loved him more than anyone else in this world!”

Here’s birth mom Hannah’s full video:

“I made this video so that you know how much I love you,” Hannah says in the clip. “I made this decision completely out of love, and if I didn’t love you I wouldn’t of been in this position at all, and you wouldn’t have this awesome adoptive family. I fell in love with them, and they were beyond anything I could have asked for, and I have really really high standards for anyone who is going to raise my child.”

At the hospital, Hannah allowed the adoptive parents she chose to be present for some of her labor. After delivery, Hannah asked to have some time alone with her son. We were reminded of the saying in adoption: “you can’t say goodbye until you say hello.” Remember, if your birth mother requests time alone with her baby, it doesn’t mean she’s having second thoughts. It means that she loves her baby very much, and wants the best for him or her.

Today, Hannah has an open adoption with the adoptive couple she chose, Brad and Emily. They’ve shared that it’s important for them that all three of their sons have open adoptions. “Having our boys’ birth mothers so involved in their lives means they will never have to wonder if their birth moms loved them, they will never have to feel abandoned,” says adoptive mother, Emily. “They are all wonderful mothers and will always be our boys’ first mothers.

This National Adoption Hotline Helps You Get Answers, Privately

Looking at the National Adoption Hotline on FacebookWhen you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and thinking about adoption, chances are you’re not ready to announce that news to the world. Right now, what you need is to be able to ask your questions about adoption privately.

The National Adoption Hotline gives you confidential answers to all of your adoption questions! Plus, you can call the adoption hotline anytime of the day or night, 24/7.

When you call the National Adoption Hotline at 1-800-923-6602, you can learn about your adoption privately. This hotline hears from lots of women who have just started to think about adoption. They need to learn more about the adoption process without anyone finding out. If you’re hoping for confidential advice about adoption, this hotline is perfect for you! And, we want to note that you’re not obligated to do adoption just by calling the hotline.

The National Adoption Hotline is here to give you answers to your questions privately. They’ve even helped women set up a last-minute adoption plan from the hospital. Here’s their phone number again: 1-800-923-6602. If you’re don’t feel comfortable talking on the phone about adoption yet, you can visit their Facebook page, National Adoption Hotline. That page is packed with adoption info, and they also post profiles about adoptive families.

The National Adoption Answer Line is able to help you today, no matter if:

  • You’re pregnant and considering an adoption plan for your baby
  • You want info on making an adoption plan at the last minute
  • You’re hiding the fact that you’re pregnant and need advice
  • You’re trying to keep CPS (Child Protective Services) out of your life
  • You’re thinking about adoption for your child

The National Adoption Hotline has qualified and experienced staff available 24/7 to answer your questions and give you needed referrals. Their experts are standing by to answer all of your questions about how adoption works.

Call the National Adoption Hotline at 1-800-923-6602 for free, or check them out on Facebook:

Visit the National Adoption Hotline on Facebook!

“God Has Written Us a Beautiful Adoption Story!”

Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida loves to share updates from our adoptive couples who have been blessed by infant adoption! Here’s a heartwarming one from Colorado adoptive couple Jesse and Alicia:

What a sweet update on baby Brynlee!“Hi Natalie!

I hope you and everyone at Lifetime are doing well. Now that we are winding down from the very busy holiday season, I wanted to take a few minutes to update you on how we are doing! Brynlee is seven months old, can you believe it!? She is crawling now and keeping us very busy! Watching her learn and grow is such a joy! I feel like it wasn’t long ago that I was emailing and calling you to get suggestions from you on how we could improve our profile. What a beautiful story God has written for us! Thank you for being a part of it!

Adoptive couple Jesse and Alicia with their daughter BrynleeThanksgiving was such a special day for us. Looking over at Brynlee in her high chair at the dinner table was such a dream come true. We have so much to be thankful for, every day is Thanksgiving in our home!

Our Christmas was amazing! Brynlee’s birth parents planned a special dinner so we were able to spend time with them and meet their families. We are extremely grateful for the relationship we have with Brynlee’s birth parents. This was the start of a new Christmas tradition that we hope to continue for many years to come!

On December 28th, we finalized our adoption! As our family filled the courtroom, I couldn’t help but feel so overwhelmed with emotions. There were countless nights of hoping, praying and longing to be parents and now that we are, I just couldn’t imagine our lives without her!”

To see more photos and adoption stories, visit our “Recent Adoptions & Matches” page!
Are you hoping to adopt a baby? Call us at 1-877-383-6847 or email us to learn the steps needed to get started with a domestic infant adoption.