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Webinar Shares the Basics of Modern Adoption

Lifetime's Webinar: the Modern AdoptionHave you just begun to learn about open adoption? Or maybe you’re actively seeking an adoption, but aren’t sure how to answer people’s questions about how open adoption works nowadays. No matter where you’re at in the adoption process, it helps to know of all the options involved for each side of a modern adoption in the US.

Lifetime hosted an information-packed webinar last week all about the choices modern adoption gives people thinking about adoption. Anyone considering adoption should be informed on what adoption today looks like for adoptive families and birth parents. Watch the webinar “The Modern Adoption,” over at AdoptionWebinar.com.

Modern adoption gives lots of choices for everyone involved, whether it’s a woman dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, having a hard time providing for her child, or a family hoping to grow via adoption. Today’s adoption stories look a lot different than those from decades ago. Modern adoption has shifted the way birth parents and hopeful adoptive families seek adoption, and allow them to make a plan that’s in the best interest of the child.

In this webinar, we go over the basics of what modern adoption means for birth mothers and for adoptive families. Watch it and learn about the benefits of open adoption for all involved, as well as the truths behind common adoption myths dispelled. Get a fresh perspective on the choices birth parents and adoptive families have through the adoption process. This is a helpful webinar for adoptive parents at any point of their adoption journey!

You can watch this free webinar, “The Modern Adoption,” on the website AdoptionWebinar.com.

Discover how Lifetime could help you adopt! Tell us about your adoption dream by completing Lifetime’s free online application.

Loving Couple in Illinois Want to Add to Family Through Adoption

Illinois adoptive couple Jonathan and AngieJonathan and Angie are a loving couple in Illinois who want to add to their family through adoption. They have two sons, ages 5 and two and a half. They’d love to adopt a baby of any race!
 
They say, “Your child would be surrounded by a community of love and support. With two older brothers to lovingly protect them, your child would grow up in a stable home full of love, laughter, and faith. We are open to ongoing communication including letters, emails, pictures, and visits if you wish!”
 

Keep reading to learn more about this God-loving couple from Illinois!

 
Jonathan says about his wife, “Angie is an amazing wife and an even better mother. She teaches our family to live simply. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, Angie worked as a hairstylist for 12 years. She has a love for learning and teaching. Be it gardening, sign language, or crafting with the boys. Angie’s drive to teach is fueled by her love of learning. She has an amazing ability to make lessons fun.
 
Angie’s love and passion for helping others is fully realized when she is with children. She exudes patience and kindness even on bad days!”
 
And Angie shares about her husband, “Jonathan is a loving, tender-hearted man, fully devoted to his family and God. Jonathan has the amazing ability to fully trust in God and speak life into every situation, even hard ones. He puts 110% into everything, whether it’s his job as a graphic designer, wood workings, drawing, or helping me with housework. Taking pride in all he does is an amazing quality that our children learn because of him.
 
Jonathan is an amazingly supportive husband and a 100% hands-on Daddy. I know that whomever God has for our family, Jonathan will love unconditionally!”
 
You can find out more about hopeful adoptive couple Jonathan and Angie 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.

Waiting to Adopt? Get Our Holiday Survival Tips

get Lifetime's tips for surviving the holidays while you're waiting to adopt!If you’re in the midst of your adoption wait, the holidays can become a time of added pressure and disappointment. People close to you may mean well but ask questions or make remarks that seem insensitive.

If you’re hopeful adoptive parents waiting for a child, you might be wondering “How are we going to get through the holidays?” Today, Lifetime is sharing 5 tips on how to survive the holidays while in the adoption wait!

1. Talk About It
Trying to hold your emotions inside will only make you feel worse. So, think about talking to a close family member, friend, counselor, or your pastor about what you’re going through. It may be that simply talking about it will raise your spirits so that you can enjoy the holiday festivities.

2. Be Honest
You might be feeling guilty that you’re not happy when everyone around you seems to be in the holiday spirit. You see that people around you are cheerfully celebrating. If you’re feeling down, don’t try to suppress your emotions. Grant yourself permission to cry and be sad. It might help to jot your feelings down in a journal. Decline invites to holiday parties and dinners you’re not up to attending.

3. Do Something for Yourself
Practice some self-care if you’re feeling unhappy during the holidays. This could be a nice long massage, a weekly yoga class, or treating yourself to that pretty dress you’ve been admiring. By doing something for yourself, relaxing, and unwinding, you’ll be better able to handle the hectic holiday season. Everyone deserves a break to re-group every now and then.

4. Help Those in Need
Often, giving back can lift your spirits. There are so many ways to do this, so pick something that feels right to you. You could volunteer at a homeless shelter, donate toys or gifts to a family in need, or even just do something thoughtful for a friend, co-worker, or family member. Helping those in need will give you an amazing feeling!

5. Get Involved
When you’re feeling blue, getting involved in a project or activity may help. “When we were in the adoption wait, I put a fresh coat of paint and got new furniture for our guest bedroom. Doing all this allowed me something to think about other than how sad I felt. And, it paid off! My mom ended up staying in this guest room and helping me out during the very first days home with our newborn son,” shares one Lifetime adoptive mom. Getting involved doesn’t have to mean undertaking such a big project, though. It may be an activity as simple as baking, scrapbooking, knitting, organizing a closet, or making homemade gifts.

Remember, this too shall pass, no matter how you choose to get through the holiday season while you’re waiting to adopt. And you’ll be parents before you know it!

Modern Adoption vs. Safe Haven: How Do They Compare?

modern adoption or safe haven?Wondering what exactly is a “safe haven”? Safe Haven laws allow a parent give up their unwanted baby privately. With these laws, moms can drop their baby off at a safe haven location, as long as their baby hasn’t been abused. Safe Haven laws began so that babies wouldn’t be left in places like dumpsters or public toilets.

Regardless of what their life situation is like, a woman can make a private open adoption plan just as quickly and easily as she can drop off her baby at a safe haven. Just take a look at the benefits of creating an adoption plan instead of dropping off your baby at a Safe Haven:

  • Your baby won’t go into the crowded foster care system; they’ll be able to go home with a stable, loving adoptive couple of your choosing right away.
  • You’ll know what happened to your child (even if you end up choosing a closed adoption after placement.)
  • You can get access to no-cost counseling and support.
  • Adoption is free to choose, and it comes with no legal risks to you.
  • You can remain confidential with your situation
  • You’ll never be judged for making an adoption plan.
  • Adoption gives both you and your baby more stability and security in the long run.
  • If you choose open adoption, you’re able to stay in touch with your child and the adoptive family.

You can make an adoption plan for your baby at any time, even after they’re born. It’s never too late to choose adoption! Every child is wanted and adopt-able at Lifetime. To learn more about the advantages of modern adoption, just reach out to us.

Lifetime’s hotline is staffed 24 hours every day! You can call or send a text to 1-800-923-6784.

Sale on Adoption Jewelry for Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday deals on adoption jewelry!

Today is Cyber Monday! This shopping event occurs each year on the Monday after Thanksgiving. Are you doing some gift shopping online to take advantage of Cyber Monday deals and sales?

Right now, Adoption Prayer Bracelet is having a sweet Cyber Monday deal! Visit AdoptionPrayerBracelet.com and receive $5 off ANY bracelet style by using the coupon code HIFIVE!

Adoption Prayer Bracelets are a wonderful Christmas gift for someone who’s been blessed by adoption. And, each purchase of this adoption jewelry goes to support an adoption non-profit organization, the Lifetime Adoption Foundation. This organization helps women who are considering adoption, by providing resources and needed essentials. The Lifetime Adoption Foundation also provides adoption grants and birth mother scholarships.

Get $5 off any of the three bracelet styles available by using the code HIFIVE. This coupon code expires on Thursday, so don’t delay! The Adoption Prayer Bracelet comes in three different styles: classic, European, and bangle. The original and European styles are available in a variety of colors, as seen in the photo below. There’s a dainty engraved charm attached to each bracelet. It reads “My Adoption Prayer” on the front and “Pray without ceasing” from 1 Thessalonians 5:17 on the reverse.

These bracelets were created by Lifetime’s founder (and adoptive mother), Mardie Caldwell. An Adoption Prayer Bracelet will be cherished by anyone whose prayers are about adoption. Just use the code HIFIVE at checkout when you purchase her favorite style on AdoptionPrayerBracelet.com.

Her Adoption Prayer Bracelet will arrive in a small travel bag, and a free prayer card is included. Just visit AdoptionPrayerBracelet.com to shop. This bracelet will be treasured by any woman touched by adoption!

Adoption Prayer Bracelets come in 3 styles

Thanksgiving Prayer for All Blessed by Adoption

Happy Thanksgiving from Lifetime Adoption Agency!

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petitions, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
-Philippians 4:6

As we gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, we pray that the Lord will keep and watch over those waiting to adopt, as well as those blessed by adoption. We pray God will keep a particular watch over the babies, children, and birth families that we work with at Lifetime Adoption Agency.

Please join us in prayer:

Dear Lord,
Protect everyone we know, love, and come in contact with from sadness and harm today.

Let us realize the true blessings in our lives, the blessings that you have given us at this moment in time. Encourage us as we pause to reflect on our blessings with a thankful heart. May there be a promise of continued blessing in the coming holiday season.

If any of us hurt, please restore our hearts.

If any of us are anxious, grant us patience.

If any of us are around patronizing people, fill them with compassion.

If any of us feel like our lives are lacking, show us how to give to those with even less.

You know the hearts of birth mothers, adoptive families, and the precious children united in adoption. Grant each of them peace for today and hope for tomorrow as we pause during our Thanksgiving observances.

Thank you for your blessings today and all year long,
Amen

Lifetime prays that you’ll have a happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones! May blessings and joy will pour to you all.

November is Adoption Month – Get 30 Days’ Worth of Prayer Ideas

praying for adoptoinIn recognition of National Adoption Awareness Month, Lifetime encourages you to pray for those touched by adoption! We want to lift birth parents and adoptive families up with prayer so that they might meet in open adoption.

Sometimes it’s difficult for people to know exactly WHAT to pray for regarding adoption. So, Lifetime has put together a FREE download, packed with prayer ideas. This sweet download has 30 days’ worth of prayer inspiration and related Bible verses.

Just visit LifetimeAdoption.com to request your free download. Or you can just click the image below:

click to get 30 days of prayer ideas!

We’ll just need your name and email address, and then the free download of 30 Days to Pray for Adoption is yours! We encourage you to share this adoption prayer download with your church group, Bible study, or with friends and family.

Here’s a sneak preview of some notable passages from 30 Days to Pray for Adoption:

For a pure heart and the right motivations as I pray for adoption in my life, or in the lives of others.
(Psalm 51:10)

For a content attitude, in every phase and through any circumstance that may come up through adoption.
(Philippians 4:11-13)

Give thanks for adoption this National Adoption Awareness Month! We hope that you’ll join Lifetime as we honor adoption through prayer. We celebrate birth mothers who make adoption possible, and adoptive parents who are blessed every day by adoption.

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.