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In Your Adoption Wait? 5 Ideas on What You Can Do

learn what you can do during your adoption wait!If you’re struggling with the adoption wait, know that it’s just a matter of time before a birth mother chooses you. During your adoption wait, you have time to learn what you can to get ready for parenthood. You’ll learn how the adoption process works and positive adoption language. You’ll consult with experts in the adoption field. Know that there will be good days and others filled with doubt and worry.

But what can you do while you wait? Here are 5 ideas:

1. Imagine what it will be like once you bring your baby home. How will you notify your employer you need time off for adoption travel? Will you celebrate the adoption privately, with family and friends, or publicly at a religious observance? Who will you call first?

2. Think about what you’ll name your child. Will you name them after a much-loved relative? Or maybe a name you have always liked? Many adoptive families use the name their child’s birth mother gave them as their middle name. If you’re adopting an older child, consider keeping the name your child is accustomed to.

3. Plan the style of your child’s room. Some waiting adoptive couples enjoy shopping for baby items and assembling the nursery. Others feel it’s a sad reminder that they haven’t yet brought home their baby. So, consider what works best for you. You might choose furniture, paint, wall paper, and the needed baby gear, and have it on reserve at the baby store.

4. Join an adoption support group. These groups are a great way to get practical know-how and guidance from others in the wait. There will be adoptive families in each stage of their adoption journey in the support group. Some will be experienced adoptive parents, and the advice they give will be priceless.

5. Consider counseling as another way to get support and explore adoptive parenting. Find a local psychologist or social worker whose specialty is adoption. Talk about any anxieties you have surrounding the adoption process, and also about your parenting plans.

Soon, your adoption wait will be over, and you’ll be enjoying the sights and sounds of parenthood. The love you’ll feel for your child is unlimited!

If we can help you or someone you care for,
share this link to our free application to adopt!
LifetimeAdoption.com/apply

Wondering What It’s Like to Be Adopted?

Alexa was adopted 18 years agoAs you think about adoption for your baby (or child) have you ever wondered what it’s like to be adopted?

Many women have shared with us “I’m worried that my child will hate me later on for choosing adoption!”

Alexa is an adoptee who was adopted a birth 18 years ago through Lifetime. She wanted to share her story, because she is grateful to her birth mother for choosing adoption and wishes she knew more about her.

In the video below, she answers many of the questions women have when thinking about adoption, like:

  • Will my child hate me for choosing adoption?
  • How will my child feel growing up adopted?
  • What does my child want to know about me?
  • Will my child understand?

In this video, Alexa shares her story. You can click on the image below to watch the video, or follow this link: https://vimeo.com/226472722/0bfdadc303.

Let Lifetime know what you think by leaving a comment below!

We’re here to give you info and resources as you think about adoption. We’re just a phone call or text away, at 1-800-923-6784.

Watch a Tender Adoption Webinar-Moving from Infant Loss to Adoption

Watch this touching Lifetime Adoption webinar today!In a recent adoption webinar, we heard Lifetime adoptive couple Mike and Vyce’s touching story. The recording of this tender webinar is now available to watch online! You can watch it at AdoptionWebinar.com.

Mike and Vyce share their story of how they became parents, after a heartbreaking infant loss. Their story is a statement of faith and perseverance as they moved from infant loss all the way to the miracle of adoption. In this poignant story of despair mixed with gratitude, anyone who’s hoping to adopt will be inspired to trust the call on their heart to adopt. We encourage you to look forward to the ways even the hardest days can be used or redeemed throughout your path to parenthood.

No matter what stage you’re at in your adoption journey, every adoption story you hear can provide reassurance. Watch this adoption webinar, Lifetime Adoption Story: “Still Miracles,” Mike & Vyce’s Story, today! You can watch it over at AdoptionWebinar.com.

In order to watch this Lifetime Adoption Story, you’ll need to subscribe at AdoptionWebinar.com first. Subscribing is completely free, and it’ll give you access to all of our webinar recordings. You’ll also be sent info, dates, and times about our future webinars! You can subscribe using this link.

Pair of Pilots from Florida Excited to Have a Little “Copilot” in Their Home!

Matt and Andrea are both pilots!Matt and Andrea are a pair of pilots from sunny Florida excited to welcome a little ‘copilot’ into their fun and loving family!
 
They promise a home filled with laughter, unceasing support, and exciting adventures. Matt and Andrea love flying, kayaking, playing board games, and everything outdoors.
 
Matt says about his wife, “Andrea is my teammate in life. She has a rare mix of compassion and determination that pulls your life to hers and leaves you better off. Andrea is a brave traveler who is just as at home exploring the streets of Rome as she is enjoying a beach sunset at our Florida home. She also loves hiking, swimming, and camping with our dogs. She makes delicious salsa from her garden in our backyard. She has a wonderful laugh and a smile that is contagious. I am lucky to get a chance to raise a child with her!”
 
And Andrea shares about her husband, “Matt is an incredible man and will make a wonderful dad! He is goofy, easy-going and the most dedicated person I have ever met. He is a flight instructor and anyone who sees him with students knows he is a natural-born teacher. He is very excited to coach our child’s soccer or little-league team and practice with them in the backyard. He enjoys doing anything active outdoors like kayaking, triathlons, skiing, and spending time on the water with family. The thing I love most about him is his ability to always make me smile and laugh. I’m excited to see Matt as a father!”
 

Here’s Florida adoptive couple Matt and Andrea’s video:

You can find out more about hopeful adoptive couple Matt and Andrea 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.

Creating a Multi-Cultural Family Through Adoption

a multi-cultural family through adoption!You’ve waited so long for this adoption to happen. You hope that you can bring joy, support, lots of love, and a life full of great experiences to a child. You started the adoption process with the knowledge that you just wanted a child to share life with, regardless of race.

In reality, adopting a child of another ethnicity isn’t as simple as that. It takes lots of education, awareness, and sensitivity.

Your child’s cultural awareness should be a priority in your lives, no matter if your child is a newborn or eight years old. Some find it uncomfortable to explain racial issues to a curious child. But, remember that your child won’t always be a child, and they’ll be judged, unfortunately, based on their race at some point in their lives. As the parent, you need to know this and make a conscious effort to talk about it in your household.

Make sure to bring your child’s culture into your home, their toys, and their lives. For example, buy your daughter dolls in her race, and tell her how beautiful those dolls are. It’s necessary to take your child to cultural events where they can learn about their heritage and read them about their culture.

As your child grows up, their awareness of their ethnicity will become clearer. As their parent, it’s your job to help them to acknowledge this. Help them to learn that their success shouldn’t be based on their race, but that it’s a factor in how they’re seen by others.

Isolating your child in an environment without any “color” could be damaging to their self-identity and growth. Since your family is multicultural, your child’s school and home life should reflect that. You can give your child a wonderful upbringing by teaching them how to connect with people of any race while still being proud of who they are!

Freedom to Choose What’s Best for Your Baby

adoption may be what's best for you and your babyAdoption is a loving and thoughtful decision, which pregnant women and moms make in the best interest of their child. Each woman faces her own unique goals, circumstances, and limitations, in addition to the hopes she has for her child’s life.

At Lifetime, we believe that women should never be pressured to parent OR place her baby, rather encouraged to make a healthy plan for the child’s future, as well as her own.

If you’re thinking about adoption, know that you have a voice in every part of the adoption process. Here are just a few of the many choices you have with modern adoption:

  • Pick your baby’s adoptive parents from dozens of families, of all races, ready to adopt, if you’d like.
  • Get to know the adoptive family you’ve selected before the adoption if desired.
  • Plan how things will go at the hospital when your baby is born.
  • Customize how you want to keep in touch with your child and the adoptive parents after the adoption takes place.
  • Get access to free licensed counseling, qualified legal assistance, and support before and after the adoption.

Adoption help is just a phone call or text message away:
1-800-923-6784.

Learn More About Domestic Adoption Through Free Online Webinars

did you know that you can learn about domestic adoption through free, online webinars?Each year, prospective adoptive families across the US make the life-changing and exciting decision to adopt a child. Yet, many people think an international adoption will happen more quickly and easily than a domestic adoption. That’s just due to a popular myth that says it will be difficult to adopt a baby in the United States.

Lifetime Adoption has been providing adoption services to adoptive parents and birth parents since 1986. We also educate about modern adoption and open adoption, so that light can be shed on adoption myths. Our free online webinars can be accessed by anyone who’s interested.

Our free, online adoption webinars provide information on the adoption process, what open adoption looks like, and gives adoption tips. Head over to AdoptionWebinar.com to start watching and listening to this FREE adoption resource! Each of our webinars feature expert answers and insights from people recently touched by adoption.

Lifetime focuses on each part of the “adoption triad”-the adoptee, birth mother, and adoptive parents. We assist women thinking about adoption for their baby with finding medical care, supportive counseling, and financial help. Prospective adoptive parents are guided through the open adoption process, which includes the home study, legal process, and creating their own adoption profile to present to birth mothers. We also help adoptive couples discover how to afford adoption, through adoption financing, adoption loans, adoption grants, and fundraising.

Subscribe to our free online adoption webinars at AdoptionWebinar.com today, so you can learn the important details you’ll need to know as you travel the path to adoption! When you subscribe, you’ll get exclusive access to webinar replays AND to invites to new LIVE webinars directly to your email.

Loving & Adventurous Adoptive Couple from Florida on Video!

Fun & adventurous adoptive couple from Florida, Justin and ChristinaJustin and Christina are an adoptive couple from Florida who are praying that their family can become a blessing to yours. They’re a loving, hard-working, and adventuresome couple who want nothing more than to welcome a new child into their lives. Justin and Christina offer a stable home and solid marriage.
 
Justin says about his wife, “Christina is loving, faith-driven, funny, loyal, compassionate, and patient just to name a few of her many wonderful qualities. She is one of the most nurturing and supportive people I’ve ever met and always places others needs before hers. Christina is an involved mother, volunteering anywhere she sees a need. When our daughter was born, Chris gave up her career in the military to become a full-time mom where she has honed her skills as a baker, cook and crafter; especially sewing. Once your child enters our lives, I can assure you they will be shown unconditional love and affection!”
 
And Christina shares about her husband, “Justin is the sweetest, most dedicated, and loving person I know. Justin has the patience of a Saint and a heart of gold. He is a jack of all trades and knows how to fix anything. He loves his career as a military officer and pilot. He also values education earning a Bachelors and Masters of Science degree and loves to read anything he can get his hands on. Justin is already an amazing father to our daughter and will continue to be a strong supportive daddy to your child.”
 

Here’s Florida adoptive couple Justin and Christina’s video:

Florida Adoptive Couple Justin and Christina's Adoption Video from Lifetime Adoption on Vimeo.

You can find out more about hopeful adoptive couple Justin and Christina 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.

Join Adoption Agency Florida on Facebook!

LIKE Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida on FacebooK!Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida is excited to share that we’ve just reached 1,000 fans on Facebook! To celebrate, we’re offering a FREE download of an info-packed tip sheet, Ten Tips of a Safe and Healthy Open Adoption. Download this special report for free here!
 
On our Facebook page, Lifetime Adoption Florida, we share free adoption tips, link to adoption webinars, give important reminders, and share updates from clients who’ve adopted a baby through Lifetime! From time to time, we also post about ways that you can help women who have lovingly chosen adoption, through a donation to the Lifetime Foundation.

We also list inspiring quotes, upload adoption videos, share adoptive family websites, and link to helpful adoption articles we’ve written. You can direct message Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida on Facebook too, with any questions or concerns you might have. One of the most popular (and educational!) features are the conversations we are having with both birth mothers and adoptive parents.

So be sure to LIKE Lifetime Adoption Florida on Facebook and join the conversation. We want to connect with YOU!
 
Lifetime Adoption Florida has reached 1,000 fans on Facebook!

New Webinar Replay, Only Available Through July!

Adoption webinar on the pressure to be the perfect adoptive parentAfter last week’s webinar on adoptive parenting, one of our audience members shared: “I’m a nurse and have worked in what I thought were similar situations. The topics discussed tonight are truly unique and absolutely informative!”

Lifetime Adoption founder, seasoned adoptive mom, and award-winning adoption author, Mardie Caldwell, shared her personal experience with the unique and complex emotions and pressures that come with growing a family through adoption.

Spilling secrets from her early days as a new adoptive mom, as well as observations from 31 years helping adoptive families and birth mothers, Mardie spoke candidly about post-adoption depression, adoptive parent guilt and grief, and how honoring a promise to open adoption can help all involved in a new adoption story.

This webinar was highly praised by hopeful adoptive parents who were able to attend our live broadcast this week. For a limited time, you can access the replay to this helpful resource at this link on AdoptionWebinar.com: Mardie Caldwell Shares About the Pressure to be the Perfect Adoptive Parent.

In order to hear the webinar, you’ll need to subscribe first. Subscribing is completely free, and it’ll give you access to all of our webinar recordings. You’ll also be sent info, dates, and times about our future webinars! You can subscribe using this link.