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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.

Modern Adoption, Revealed! Join Lifetime’s Webinar

Lifetime's Webinar: the Modern AdoptionLifetime has an inspiring adoption webinar coming up later this month! Tune in as we share the choices modern adoption offers families and women considering adoption. In celebration of National Adoption Awareness Month, we’re going to talk about what adoption looks like nowadays to Lifetime, as well as the advantages for birth mothers, hopeful parents, and children that come together in each story.

Our webinar, The Modern Adoption, will start at 7:00 pm Eastern on Thursday, November 30th. If you’re thinking about adoption, it’s important to know how adoption works today for adoptive families and birth parents. What choices does modern adoption offer?

This webinar is open to all hopeful adoptive parents, and there’s no cost to attend! It’ll prove helpful, no matter if you’ve just started thinking about adopting or are in the wait.

Open adoption offers many options for everyone involved in an adoption story, including women facing an unplanned pregnancy, or difficulty providing for a child, or a family hoping to grow with the addition of a child.

One of the best retorts for curious or ignorant questions about adoption is to educate. Join in on our modern adoption webinar to get the answers to widely-believed myths and gain knowledge about how much adoption has improved over the years.

Sign up for our modern adoption webinar by using this link or by visiting AdoptionWebinar.com. We’ll email you the details on how to join the live broadcast. You can listen in by phone, on a computer, on your cell phone’s web browser, or the GoToWebinar app. Downloading the app on your smart phone allows you to tune into our modern adoption webinar from anywhere you are!

We hope you’re able to make it! If you have questions about how to join this webinar, just call Lifetime at 1-800-923-6784.

Adoption Truth: Guys Can Be Involved, Too

the adoption truth is, your guy can get involved in the adoption planning, too“My girlfriend is 25 weeks pregnant. We’re both 19, and just work part-time while we go to school. So I know there’s no way I could support a family right now. She thinks adoption is going to be best for our baby. She’s probably right, but I can’t just forget about my child. I need to stay a part of their life.”

Does your baby’s father want to remain a part of his child’s life after the adoption happens? Keep reading to learn how he can be a part of making an adoption plan, and why it’s good for him to get involved.

Modern, open adoption is getting to be more common and understood. And, more birth fathers are taking part in the adoption process. Usually, we find that when a birth father knows he has rights in open adoption too, he becomes supportive of the adoption plans.

Your baby’s father can help you pick your baby’s adoptive parents, come to know them, and help as you make the plan for on-going future contact.

Even if you decide not to stay in touch with your baby’s adoptive family after the adoption happens, he can still stay connected with his child’s adoptive family and his child. Many times a man may be more supportive of an adoption plan if he knows that he also can participate in the open adoption!

You can learn more about your guy’s involvement in adoption planning in this short video:

Adoption Truth – Birth Father and Open Adoption from Lifetime Adoption on Vimeo.

Do you have questions about your baby’s father and how he can get involved in the adoption? Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida is here to give you answers!

Just give us a call or text us at: 1-800-923-6784.

Bi-racial Couple in the Sunshine State Hope to Grow Their Family Through Adoption

Greetings from the Sunshine State! Georgio and Kristan are a fun, loving, compassionate, and outgoing couple who love adventure. They’re excited and ready to expand their family through adoption, and are open to letters, pictures, and visits with you!

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 loving and outgoing Florida couple!

Hopeful adoptive couple Georgio and Kristan from Florida

Here’s Florida adoptive couple Georgio and Kristan’s video:

Bi-racial Couple in the Sunshine State Hope to Grow Their Family Through Adoption from Lifetime Adoption on Vimeo.

You can find out more about hopeful adoptive couple Georgio and Kristan 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.

Get Creative Ideas on How to Celebrate Adoption Month

Did you know that November is National Adoption Awareness Month? This national holiday began in 1984 when President Reagan introduced a national adoption week. Then, President Clinton expanded the week to include the entire month of November in 1995. Lifetime hopes that you’ll join us in celebrating National Adoption Month!

We’ve designed a charming calendar for the month of November 2017, and it’s full of ideas on how you can celebrate adoption. There’s an idea for each of the 30 days in the month! Read on to discover how you can download this calendar for free.

Celebrating National Adoption Month

We’re offering an adorable download to our blog audience, to celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month! Our sweet National Adoption Awareness Month 2017 calendar has an action plan for every day of the month. Simply give us your name and email address on this short form to download your calendar today!

Our adoption month calendar includes important adoption websites and social media pages. It also has holidays like Thanksgiving, World Adoption Day, and National Adoption Day. Download our calendar to get ideas on how you can recognize adoption this National Adoption Awareness Month.

It’s completely hassle-free to download our National Adoption Awareness Month calendar! You can download the cute calendar and print it out to hang at your desk or on your fridge. Or, pull up the calendar on your smartphone to access on-the-go! Access your free download by visiting NationalAdoptionAwarenessMonth.com.

Watch this Webinar to Understand the Adoption Tax Credit

tune in to this webinar and learn about the Adoption Tax CreditWhether you’re just starting to think about adoption, actively waiting to adopt, or if you’ve just recently welcomed your baby home, it’s important to understand how the Adoption Tax Credit can help your family!

Lifetime recently hosted an exclusive webinar on what adoptive families need to know about the Adoption Tax Credit. In the webinar, we covered lots of questions about this tax credit, like “What’s the difference between a tax credit and a refund?,” “How will the Adoption Tax Credit be helpful for our adoption?” and “What kind of adoption expenses can be claimed and what records are needed when we file?”

This is a great webinar to start better understanding the Adoption Tax Credit and how it will apply for your family. Please note that we do not present this material to you as tax professionals, but rather to help you gather knowledge, questions, and other items so that a tax professional can best assist you with your personal tax and adoption circumstances. It’s highly recommended that you consult a qualified tax preparer for specific answers about how the Adoption Tax Credit will apply in your unique adoption story.

Are you wondering if this webinar will help you? Here are the audiences we aim to assist in this webinar:

  • People just starting to think about adopting a child
  • Hopeful adoptive parents actively waiting to adopt
  • Future adoptive parents currently matched with a mother
  • Parents who have recently welcomed a new baby home through adoption
  • Parents who have recently finalized their baby’s adoption

Tune in as we tell you all you need to know (and more!) about the Adoption Tax Credit!

You can watch “Lifetime’s Webinar: Understanding the Adoption Tax Credit” right now, at AdoptionWebinar.com.

To watch this webinar, you’ll need to subscribe to AdoptionWebinar.com. Subscribing is free, and it’ll give you access to watch any of our numerous webinar recordings. You’ll also be emailed info, dates, and times about our future webinars! You can subscribe using this link.

Adoptive Couple Zach and Kearsten Visit Us With Their Baby!

Proud adoptive parents Kearsten and Zach with their adoption blessing!Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida is excited to congratulate adoptive parents Zach and Kearsten from Virginia! They were blessed to adopt a baby boy, Maverick.
 
We were lucky enough to meet this newly-formed adoptive family in person! They visited our office with two-day-old Maverick and chatted with Lifetime’s adoption professionals, including Linda, Chrissy, Tiffany, and Natalie. Lifetime’s staff were also visited by another adoptive mom, Amanda, and her seven-week-old daughter, Mariella at the same time!
 
Zac and Kearsten experienced a fall-through before being chosen by Maverick’s birth mother, so this was a major blessing for them!
 
Maverick was born a week early and right after Hurricane Irma, so there were no flights. Zach and Kearsten drove for 12 hours through the night to get to the hospital as fast as they could. They were very nervous because of their previous experience. Zach and Kearsten’s time with the birth mom at the hospital turned out very well and they couldn’t be happier. Kearsten said, even with the fall-through, they would do it all again the same way because it made them stronger and more appreciative and Maverick was well worth it!
 
They make a beautiful family! Here’s a sweet video of Zach and Kearsten sharing some of their adoption story with Lifetime’s staff:
 

Two Families Visited Lifetime Adoption’s Florida Office! from Lifetime Adoption on Vimeo.

 

Discover how Lifetime Adoption Agency can help you begin your family!
 
Consider taking the first step towards infant adoption today! Just fill out our online application. The application is free of charge and can be completed quickly and simply.

6 YouTube Channels for Women Thinking About Adoption

watching videos of birth mothers sharing their storiesWhen you’re thinking about adoption for your child, you’ll probably deal with a wide range of emotions. And, you’ll probably have lots of questions about what type of adoption is best for you. Know that Lifetime is just a phone call or text message away to answer your questions. You can reach us anytime, at
1-800-923-6784.

But, we realize too that sometimes you’re not ready to talk or text. When it comes to adoption, Youtube can be a great source of info. These 6 YouTube channels can give you encouragement, support, and info on what to expect as you go through the adoption process:

1. BraveLove hopes to change the way people think about adoption by producing honest and informative videos of birth mothers sharing their stories. Hear firsthand from women who chose a loving, eager adoptive family for their children.

2. Melissa Link: She’s a filmmaker and birth mother who created a documentary on her experience of placing her child for adoption. She shares about learning of her pregnancy, telling her family, and deciding on adoption. Her documentary has helped many birth mothers confirm that their adoption decision was the right one.

3. Beauty Amidst the Ashes: This channel’s goal is to educate people about adoption. They have tons of videos of birth mothers telling how their adoption process went and sharing their stories. These birth mothers come from many different backgrounds and situations and hope that their personal stories can encourage and support women thinking about adoption.

4. Lifetime: Our YouTube channel covers open adoption from every side, including yours. We have videos covering the adoption process from beginning to end, which can help answer any of your questions about the process. Make sure to check out the adoption videos that hopeful adoptive couples have made, too. Watching them is a great way to learn more about potential parents for your baby.

5. Mrs. Marshelle: She’s actually an adoptive mother, but she has some videos that’ll give you a peek into how an open adoption works in the real world. These videos feature her and her children visiting with their birth mothers.

6. Binti: This channel has interviews of birth mothers, which is great because you can learn from their experiences. Plus, you can learn about options you have with modern adoption that you maybe didn’t know existed! The birth mothers in Binti’s videos answer questions about a wide range of topics, from contact with the adoptive family to how involved the birth father is.

Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida is here to help you as you decide whether adoption’s the best choice for you.

Call or text us whenever you have questions or are ready to learn more: 1-800-923-6784.

Telling People You’re Pregnant

The shock has started to wear off. You’ve taken a minute (or two or even a week!) to think about what your pregnancy will mean. Maybe you’ve decided against abortion, and are stressed out about becoming a mom.

how to tell people about an unplanned pregnancyTons of questions pop up. Who can you tell? Who can help you through the next few months of your pregnancy? What will people say? Will they be happy for you or disappointed in you?

Some women feel relieved once they tell people they’re pregnant. Once you tell people about your pregnancy, you’ll get a wide variety of reactions. Everyone will probably have an opinion to share—whether it’s helpful or not.

The bottom line this: it’s your body, your baby, and your pregnancy. Yours to talk about, yours to experience, and yours to decide about. And after your pregnancy, the baby is yours. So the opinion that counts the most is your own.

This doesn’t mean you have to go through it all alone. Tell people who are going to have your back, even when they don’t agree with you. Tell those who love you, know you, and know your situation. Don’t be scared to share how you’re feeling. If you have someone there by your side, things might not seem as scary or overwhelming.

Would you like to talk about your pregnancy and how you feel about having a baby, but can’t find the words to tell your family or friends? Lifetime is familiar with unplanned pregnancies and the decisions that come with them. Reach out to our caring and compassionate coordinators by texting or calling us at 1-800-923-6784. We’re here to listen, not judge, and can help you find the words you need to tell your parents and your baby’s father. You’re not alone!

How Long Does It Take to Adopt Twins?

fraternal twin babiesQuestion: My husband and I have just started researching infant adoption, and we’re hoping to adopt twins. On average, how long does it take to adopt twins through Lifetime Adoption Agency?

Answer: Adoptions with twins happen from time to time at Lifetime; we might have two to three newborn, twin adoptions out of 100 adoptions in our agency each year. So, we suggest that you remain open with your adoption preferences. If you’re only open to adopting twin babies, it’ll increase your wait time. It might even stand in the way of successfully adopting! Most of our adoptive couples wait from six to 16 months to adopt, and those couples are open to both single baby and twin adoptions.

When thinking about the average time you’ll be waiting to be chosen by a birth mother for a match, there are many factors to keep in mind. So that we can learn more about you and your adoption hopes, you can take the first step today by completing our online application. It’s free to apply and doesn’t obligate you to anything. Once you tell us your specific adoption goals, we’ll be able to share with you if you’d be successful in joining Lifetime for your adoption. Then, we can give you information about what to expect and the average wait time.

Lifetime encourages all adoptive families to sit down and talk about what truly matters versus what you feel right now would be best. The process of adopting is unique because it joins two parties together to begin a new story. We don’t want you to feel pressured into taking a particular adoption opportunity, but we also wouldn’t want hopeful adoptive parents to miss out on what could be an amazing adoption! So take some time and write down any questions. We look forward to learning more about you when you apply!