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“How do I know my baby is going into a good home?”

get Lifetime's answer to the question '"How do I know my baby is going into a good home?'Question: “Right now, I’m 30 weeks pregnant, and I’m looking at adoptive families on your site. They all look friendly, and I like what they write, but how do I know my baby is going into a good home? How do I know the parents are good people?”

Answer: Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida is fully licensed and we do an in-depth screening of each of our adoptive families. That’s how we know that they’re financially secure and stable couples in a solid marriage. They’ve passed criminal background checks, have proven their income via tax records and payroll stubs, and have been declared healthy by doctor physicals.

Couples hoping to adopt also have to be asked lots of questions from a social worker, who visits their home to make sure it’s ready for a baby and to interview them. We do all of this so that you can be rest assured that the adoptive couples you see on our site are approved, screened, and questioned. They also attend adoption courses, so that they understand your need for future communication in what’s known as an “open adoption.”

Are You Ready to Grow Your Family Through Adoption?

Is it time to grow your family through adoption?Have you been thinking about welcoming a second (or third) child into your home? For many, adoption is one of the biggest and most rewarding decisions of their lives. If you’re already a parent and would like to grow your family through adoption, there are questions to ask yourselves and factors to weigh in. Keep scrolling to discover how you can realize your dream and grow your family through adoption!

Here are some questions and concerns to keep in mind as you contemplate domestic infant adoption:

  • How will adoption affect our lives?
    Think about the areas of your lives that would be affected by a new addition. Factors to consider include time, finances, housing, scheduled commitments, and values.
  • Why do we want to adopt another child?
    There are lots of reasons why people want to parent again; some valid and some a bit questionable. Is it because you have a strong wish to parent another child? Maybe you have experience with parenting and feel confident about it. Does it feel as if there’s a missing piece in your family “puzzle”? These are all examples of good reasons to expand your family through adoption.

    However, you may wish to stop and think a little more if you want to adopt because your child wants a sibling, you want to make a difference to a “child in need,” or you believe that another child will fix your marriage.

We hope the questions and concerns we shared here are helpful as you think about whether or not to grow your family through adoption. Another child will definitely change your current family dynamic, so it’s wonderful you’re pondering your reasons for adopting.

As you think about this decision, we encourage you to seek out adoption books, blogs, and professionals that may be helpful. Recognize that the decision to adopt is ultimately a personal one. Take as much time as you need to make the best choice for you, your spouse, and your current child(ren).

Once you’re ready to start your adoption journey, you can message us or call us at 1-800-923-6784. We’ll help you begin the path towards domestic infant adoption!

Thinking About Adoption & Have Questions? We Have Answers!

We're thinking about adoptionAre you thinking about adoption and just want to know where to go to get some answers? Need to know what to do and what questions you should be asking?

Relax and take a deep breath. Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida has the answers you need. We’ll help you learn more about the choices you have in open adoption, all from the privacy of your own home.

Decisions can be hard to make when you don’t have the information you need. That is one of the biggest challenges for women considering adoption for their child. You may be wondering, ‘Who can I trust to help me?’

Here some questions you might have when looking into adoption:

1. Can I have a say in who will adopt my baby?
2. What if I am not sure about adoption?
3. What happens at birth?
4. Who will take the baby from the hospital?
5. Can I get some help with my expenses while I am pregnant?
6. I can’t raise the child I have now! Do you have families ready to adopt an older child?
7. Does my family have to know about the adoption?
8. What if I don’t know the father of the baby? Can I still make an adoption plan?
9. Do you have housing or somewhere I can live while I am pregnant?

If you have questions like these, you can call us 24 hours a day to help: 1-800-923-6784. We’ve helped many women who are in difficult situations. You won’t be judged at all or pressured into choosing adoption. Talking is the first step to help you get the answers that you need. You can also chat live with a professional online about your specific needs and concerns.

Join Us Next Tuesday to Hear Jeff & Christa’s Adoption Story

Jeff and Christa's adoption storyAre you hoping to start your family through infant adoption? Or maybe you already have children, but wish to complete your family through the blessing of adoption. A great way to learn more about adoption is by hearing an adoption story from those who have recently gone through the process.

Join us next Tuesday for a wonderful adoption story featuring Jeff and Christa, who just adopted their baby boy through Lifetime. “We’re looking forward to providing encouragement to couples who are thinking about adopting, or already on the journey to adopt a baby,” says adoptive mom Christa.

Just click on this link to sign up to reserve your space for next week’s webinar, which will begin at 8pm Eastern Time.

*Lifetime is holding this webinar at one time, LIVE across the U.S. Here’s when it’ll take place in the various time zones:

5pm Pacific Time
6pm Mountain Time
7pm Central Time
8pm Eastern Time

The link to sign up is: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7361657339367114499.

You can attend online, over the phone, or by using the GoToWebinar app from your mobile device. You can download the app for your iPhone or Android device. Once you sign up, we’ll email you the details and instructions for attending the webinar live. Hopeful adoptive families in any stage of their adoption planning and prep will benefit from hearing Jeff and Christa’s adoption story!

If you have questions about adopting, or on how to join this adoption webinar, please call us at 1-800-923-6784. Or, you can send us an email.

Adoption Questions? Attend Our FREE Webinar this Thursday

Get your adoption questions answered Thursday!Do you have questions on how to adopt a baby successfully that you don’t see on our website? Get your adoption questions answered live this Thursday, July 28th!

SIGN UP HERE to attend our Adoption Q&A webinar.

The topics are up to you! We’ll meet with people hoping to adopt a child and take questions…as many as we can…and offer answers, tips, and direction to help you get to the next step in your own family’s adoption goals.

*Please note your time zone…we broadcast at one time LIVE across the US:
4pm Pacific Time
5pm Mountain Time
6pm Central Time
7pm Eastern Time

Families in all stages of adoption planning and preparation will meet with us to get answers to questions on their minds. We’ll take as many questions as we can in this LIVE webinar. Here’s the link you can use to register for this FREE webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6123200420024818945

Please contact us if you have questions about the next step in your path to adoption, by sending us an email or calling toll-free: 1-877-383-6847.

Adoption Encouragement: When your focus seems fuzzy

Here's some adoption encouragement for you during the waitFor many of the adoptive parents we’ve assisted through the years, the WAIT is the hardest step along a path to adoption. Sometimes the timing is the only thing standing between their desire to adopt and the moment they meet their future child.

If you’re waiting to adopt, or anticipating the wait as you plow through the first stages of preparing to adopt, stay focused on your goal ahead–your future family. You will be a blessing to a child, a birth parent, and maybe countless others along your journey. Share your story-in-progress, as you feel comfortable. BE ENCOURAGED knowing that every day you’re waiting to adopt, is a day you move closer to realizing adoption success.

To “wait,” according to Merriam’s Dictionary, is:

  • to be ready and available
  • to look forward expectantly
  • to remain stationary in readiness or expectation
  • to stay in place in expectation of

Notice the descriptions “be ready,” “look forward,” “expectation.” These are ACTIVE words. When the wait discourages you, focus on how you are actively waiting. You’re not idle in this time. Do everything you can to be “ready” to adopt, then wait in eager “expectation” for the result of your plans.

Download a PDF document called “Encouragement for Your Adoption” today for even more adoption encouragement. As Mardie Caldwell, the founder of Lifetime (and an adoptive mom) says, “Your mindset about this time will play a great role in how you walk through this journey and what you accomplish during these days.”

Adoption Webinar This Thursday

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Are you dreaming about the ability to adopt a child? Do your questions about adoption keep you up at night (or distracted at during the day)? This Thursday, Lifetime Adoption is hosting a free adoption webinar for hopeful adoptive parents, to answer your questions!

During the live webinar, we’ll answer as many adoption questions as we can. Aspiring adoptive parents just like you will be submitting questions for us to answer LIVE.

You can use this link to sign up to get a space for Thursday’s Q&A, which will take place live at 4pm Pacific Time.

The subjects we cover during this webinar are up to you! We’ll meet with folks hoping to adopt a baby and take as many questions as we can. In turn, we’ll offer answers, tips, and direction to assist in taking the next step in your adoption goals.

*We will hold this webinar at one time, LIVE across the U.S. Here’s when it’ll take place:

4pm Pacific Time
5pm Mountain Time
6pm Central Time
7pm Eastern Time

The link to sign up is: Attendee.GoToWebinar.com/register/5860107073777058049

People in all phases of their adoption planning and preparation will meet with us to get answers to their adoption questions. It may be helpful for you to jot down your questions ahead of time, so you don’t forget what you were going to ask us.

If you have questions and aren’t able to make it to this webinar to ask them, please call us at 1-800-923-6784. Or, you can send us an email.

The Top 10 Questions to Ask When Hiring an Adoption Professional

If you’re in the initial stages of searching for someone to assist you with adoption, it’s important to interview adoption professionals. Here are 10 questions to have handy to ask adoption professionals:

  1. How long have you been in the adoption profession?
  2. What services do you provide, both for adoptive parents and for birth parents?
  3. What are your fees? When are they due?
  4. What is your particular area of expertise?
  5. Do you have a formal contract?
  6. What is your success rate, and in what time frame can the average family expect to adopt?
  7. Do you have an open door policy? Can we tour your facility?
  8. How many adoptions do you complete a year?
  9. What are your security procedures for data, both digital and hard copy?
  10. What are your hours? Can you be reached after hours and on weekends or holidays?

The best tools you will use while conducting your adoption research are the notes and files you will keep during your search. Keep hard copies or electronic files. Your files should include all the information, literature, and notes you have obtained on the professional you are considering. Keep a list of dates and the names of the people you speak to.

Also, it’s suggested that you write down how the phone conversation went. Did they answer the phone with a live person, or did you have to leave a message during regular hours? Was their website informative, updated, and helpful? Did it have broken links or old information? What type of track record do they have in adoption success? Did you feel valued and encouraged when you hung up?

At Lifetime Adoption Agency in Florida, we work around the clock with both adoptive families and prospective birth parents across the country. Through the internet, email, instant message, live chat, 24-hour phone lines, Skype, mail, and in person meetings, our staff truly meets clients where they are. Communication is one of the main keys to adoption success. This is the time to do your research, ask questions, and consider an adoption professional from all sides as you make your selection.