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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.

Happy Family Ready to Welcome Another Child Into Their Lives!

Happy adoptive couple Mason and Regina with their sonMason and Regina are a playful and happy family, ready to welcome another child into their lives! Regina’s oldest brother was adopted at birth, and his adoption remains the greatest miracle in her family. They have a happy home and a son who is ready to become a brother. Mason and Regina adore being parents, and say, “it would be an honor to raise your precious child in our healthy, safe, and stable family”!
 
Mason says about his wife, “Regina is very creative. She has a lot of interests—but she mostly enjoys photography, knitting, and quilting. She likes to bake bread and makes the best peanut brittle at Christmas!
 
Regina is a wonderful stay-at-home mom! She takes excellent care of our son. They play, learn, read, and sing together. They also like to attend community activities where they can learn and play with other kids. Regina loves rediscovering the world through the eyes of children and she’s eager to have another one in our home to laugh and play with! She’s awesome!”
 
And Regina shares about her husband, “Mason is a craftsman. He is skilled in carpentry and automotive repair. He can fix or build anything! He has a great appreciation for the outdoors and loves to share fishing, camping, and wildlife adventures with our family.
 
Mason is gentle, wise, and the most patient person I know. His generous heart makes him a great pastor and father. He uses his wood shop and the vegetable garden to instill valuable life skills in our son. Mason freely gives affirmation and reassurance in the time they spend together, and I know he’ll do the same with our next child.”
 
You can find out more about hopeful adoptive couple Mason and Regina 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 the Inside Scoop on Modern Adoption

What is modern adoption?Modern adoption has changed so much from how adoptions used to go. In a modern adoption, you have the power to choose your baby’s adoptive parents, how much you’d like to stay in contact in the future, and how things go down in the hospital. “Modern adoption” is also called “open adoption.”
 
We’re showing you the inside scoop on what modern adoption looks like nowadays! Here are what women who made a modern adoption plan have to say about it!
 
For privacy, we’ve removed everyone’s names.
 
“I’m so grateful that with open adoption, I’m able to know how my baby is doing and see updates on her.”
 
“My son knows that I’m his birth mother (he calls me his “tummy mommy”). We visit once a year, and his adoptive parents share photos and videos of him on Instagram all the time so I can see him grow up! Once he gets older and starts asking about his birth mom and why I placed him, his parents will have that info to share with him.”
 
“Choosing modern adoption for my three-year-old daughter sure wasn’t easy. I did it because knew I couldn’t give her the life I wanted to. It helped that I could hand-pick her adoptive parents, and stay in touch. I wanted her to be with an active and outgoing couple who could keep up with her! Being able to put her through college was a must for me. Even though this was such a hard decision, I feel peace knowing she’s with the perfect couple, that I was able to pick out for her!”
 
“I took a long time picking out the adoptive parents for my baby boy. This was such a big decision, so I needed to be picky about it! At eight and a half months pregnant, I chose a couple who followed the same religion as me and had strong Christian values. It’s important to me that my son’s brought up with morals and values, so I was so relieved to find them!”
 
 

Would you like to talk with someone who’s made a modern adoption plan? To get connected with one of Lifetime’s peer counselors, just text or call us at 1-800-923-6784.
 
Our peer counselors have been where you’re at now, and are here for you!

7 Powerful Ways to Learn About Infant Adoption (Part 2)

Discover powerful ways to learn about infant adoption!Lifetime shares what successful adoptive families do and what struggling adoptive families have not done in part two of our two-part series of adoption education. If you missed part one, you can read it here: 7 Powerful Ways to Learn About Infant Adoption (Part 1).

Lifetime estimates that only 20% of prospective adoptive families focus on actively learning about adoption. They read adoption books, tune into webinars, and ask important questions of other adoptive families, adoption agencies, attorneys, and social workers. They’re focused on completely understanding what their adoption journey will involve. In doing so, they can adopt a baby in a shorter time frame.

Since you’re reading this, you’re probably in that 20% — or moving towards entering this successful group!

Here are 3 more powerful (and simple!) ways to get the most benefit from what you learn:

1. Teach yourself about adoption.

When you educate yourself about adoption, you’ll come to find you’re saving money in the long run. The time you spend reading books will save you from making errors in decision making such as spotting “red flags” in adoption situations. After you adopt, you’ll be able to look at the amount you spent on learning about adoption and how much value you got for the money.

Lifetime has also noticed that educated adoptive couples make better adoption decisions, communicate more effectively with birth mothers, and are less stressed. They have a much better adoption experience than those who didn’t do much to understand the birth parents’ feelings and the adoption process as a whole. It’s a powerful investment.

2. Choose the most qualified adoption professionals to work with.

Judge adoption professionals by their value, not their fees. Often, an adoption professional with a proven track record of success will give you lots more value (and less heartache!) than those less expensive. The “tried and true” professionals may be higher priced, but they offer a comparative bargain. Compare the adoption services and successes of various professionals. When you research agencies, take your time. Just a few weeks of research will pay off immensely. You can check for referrals with the Better Business Bureau.

3. Start now!

As they say, “Don’t delay, start today!” The more you procrastinate educating yourself about adoption, the longer it will take for you to adopt a baby. Moving closer to your dream of infant adoption is both possible and achievable. Start today; you won’t regret the experience!
 
 

Are you interested in discovering how Lifetime Adoption Agency can help you begin your family?
 
Please take the first step today by filling out our online application. The application is free of charge and is quick to fill out.

Adoption Webinar on the Pressure to be the Perfect Adoptive Parent

Adoption webinar on the pressure to be the perfect adoptive parentJoin us next week for a special adoption webinar with our Founder Mardie Caldwell. She’ll discuss adoptive parenting in a LIVE webinar next Monday night!

Everyone is invited to this free webinar, no matter what stage you’re at in your adoption journey. You’ll find this webinar valuable if you’re just starting to think about adoption, are waiting to adopt, or are a new parent through adoption! We’ll start 7:00 pm Eastern time on Monday, July 10th.

After couples bring home their baby through adoption, brand-new adoptive parents face a variety of emotions as they adapt to life with a baby or new child. On top of this is a new relationship with their child’s birth mother. Many adoptive parents share that they feel relieved during this time, but others feel a sort of let-down.

For many adoptive moms, they feel intense pressure to be the perfect parent who knows all and has everything in her control. In Monday’s webinar, we’ll get an insider’s look “beyond the blessing” from author and adoptive mom Mardie Caldwell. Mardie is going to share secrets and stories from her first days as a new adoptive mom.

In this webinar, Mardie will speak about:

  • Post-adoption depression
  • Keeping the promises made to your child’s birth mother
  • Bonding with your new child during this emotional time
  • and more!

SIGN UP USING THIS LINK! We suggest you set a reminder for yourself so you don’t miss this important event.

We’ll start the webinar at 7:00 pm Eastern time (that’s 6:00 Central time, 5:00 Mountain time, and 4:00 pm Pacific time). Meet up with us for time well spent learning all you can on what you may experience as a new adoptive parent!

Sign up using this link or by visiting AdoptionWebinar.com. Once you register, you’ll be emailed instructions on how to tune into the live broadcast.

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

7 Powerful Ways to Learn About Infant Adoption (Part 1)

Luke and Lindsay were blessed by a Lifetime infant adoption!Today we’re sharing with you what may be the most important key to adoption success in infant adoption: education. But first, some background information. We have over 30 years of working with adoptive parents and assisting birth parents. In that time, we’ve seen what the successful adoptive families do and what struggling adoptive families have not done.

This post is part one in a two-part series of adoption education. Here are 4 powerful (and simple!) ways to get the most benefit from what you learn:
 

1. Learn from those who have already adopted successfully.

Avoid taking advice from people who haven’t “been there, done that”. Plenty of people who give adoption advice are wrong; they’re simply giving their opinions. They don’t have in-the-trenches experience with adopting. If they’ve never adopted, or their adoption was several years ago, you’ll find that the laws, methods, and adoption experiences have changed. So, following their advice can be frustrating and a waste of your time. Even worse, it may lead you down the wrong path.
 
Many people are uneducated about adoption, and learn what they know about it from the media. In reality, most adoptions go smoothly and without issues. But, the media knows that drama sells, even if it characterizes a tiny part of the adoption experience.
 
2. Read and listen actively.

As you read adoption books or listen to webinars, think to yourself: “How can this be applied to my adoption journey?” Write down notes so you can apply what you learn. If you don’t take notes, you’ll forget what you learned, and you won’t benefit.
 
3. Schedule time for learning about adoption.

Humans spend three to eight hours each week discovering learning new things. Since you’re likely busy already, allocate some time in your schedule for adoption education. Making the time is key to your success!
For example, knowing basic adoption terms will prevent you from having to spend money unnecessarily for an attorney to explain simple terms you can understand on your own. The time you’ve scheduled to learn about adoption can also be spent creating an adoption budget. Think about how you’ll fund your adoption.
 
4. Don’t strive for perfection

Don’t put lots of pressure on yourself: you don’t have to know everything right away. Begin by learning adoption terms, and then read stories from birth mothers to learn their point-of-view.

When you have questions about something, write them down. You can then ask others and do further research. Don’t try to be perfect. Just take things one topic at a time. “When my husband and I were adopting, I set aside one hour a day to adoption. That hour was devoted to learning about adoption. I did this by speaking to others that had adopted, reading books, and searching for adoption professionals,” says adoptive mother and Lifetime’s Founder, Mardie Caldwell.
 

Next week, we’ll share three more simple ways you can get the most benefit from what you learn about adoption!

In the meantime, feel free to browse our website, learn about adoption loans, and contact us with your questions.

Pregnant and Thinking About Adoption? What to Expect

Thinking about adoption? Learn what to expect with LifetimeAre you thinking about adoption because you have no idea how you’ll be able to raise your unborn baby? Do you want to know what your choices are with modern adoption?

Lifetime’s compassionate Adoption Coordinators are committed to helping you make the best possible decision for yourself and your baby. That may mean choosing adoption, and it might not. By getting more info from us, it doesn’t mean you’re required to make an adoption plan for your child.

If you’re pregnant and thinking about adoption, here’s what you can expect with Lifetime:

  • Free adoption services and financial help throughout your pregnancy
  • No pressure; you are not obligated to choose adoption and can stop the adoption process at any time
  • Totally confidential support; the info you tell us won’t be shared with anyone
  • The opportunity to get peer counseling as you decide on adoption. Our peer counselors are women who have been in your shoes and chose adoption for their child
  • Total control of your adoption process; this includes picking the adoptive parents for your baby and the type of relationship you want to have with them during and after the adoption
  • However much time and help you need to decide if placing your child for adoption is right for you
  • 24/7 access to our toll-free hotline staffed with caring adoption workers, so you can get the support you need when you need it

If you’d like more information about how to choose adoption with Lifetime, or if you need help exploring options with open, modern adoption, you can contact us confidentially.

Just give Lifetime a call at 1-800-923-6784 or message us.

Can a Single Woman Adopt a Baby?

can a single woman adopt a baby?Question: “I’ve always dreamt of the day when I’d become a mommy! The problem is, I’ve just never met ‘Mr. Right.’ Is it possible for a single woman to adopt?”

Answer: Yes, definitely! However, you may need to show that you have family who can be an active part of your child’s life. And, you’ll need to have plans for childcare. It’s important that you think of questions that will be asked of you during your home study interview and often by the birth parents themselves. You can find out more about the adoption home study here: AdoptionAgencyFlorida.com/home-studies.

Single parents may not be chosen by a birth mother as quickly as a married couple. We want to be sure (as do most birth mothers) that their child will get all the resources and attention that they would receive in a two-parent home.

It’s wise to search for support groups and others in similar situations for information and advice that can help you become a parent. As a single adoptive mother, it is important that you work with an adoption professional who has successfully worked with other single parents. At Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida, we’ve helped many single women adopt.

If you truly feel in your heart that you can provide a child with a well-balanced life, the devoted attention needed for a growing child, and the influence of both male and female friends and family, then you should pursue adoption. You might want to consider taking a parenting class if this is not offered with your home study. Lisa, a single adoptive mother, shared that it helped her chances of adopting when she took parenting classes and CPR. This was an important factor to her birth mother, and she was chosen over married couples who hadn’t taken these types of classes. She shared with us, “Taking these classes shows a birth parent that you are serious about adoption and that you have taken the time to learn how to parent. It shows her you’re ready for the challenge of motherhood.”

Are you a single woman dreaming of becoming a mother?

Let Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida help you! Contact us today by calling 1-800-923-6784.