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“All of It-The Wait, The Worry-Will Be Worth It!”

Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida loves to share stories from our adoptive couples who have been blessed by infant adoption! Here’s a sweet one from Tennessee adoptive couple Colby and Sarah:

Adoptive parents Sarah and Colby with their precious newborn son“Thank you so much for helping us on this journey! We couldn’t love Jack any more than we do! He’s the best baby we could have hoped for. Once you’re matched and you meet your child, it still takes you a little while to process all the things that had to fall into place to make this miracle happen.

Whether you get the call six months or six hours ahead of the match, you’ll never be prepared enough. And that’s okay. Because all of it—the wait, the worry, the late nights sitting up wondering if your family will ever be whole—will be worth it. I know this because of the thousand little moments that are ingrained in my memory forever because of this journey.

when can we name our adopted baby?I’ll never forget the call I got from my wife when we initially got matched. I’ll never, ever forget driving all night to meet my wife, who had flown ahead to be with our son, and cradling him in my arms for the first time at 4:30 in the morning. I’ve never been happier at that time in the morning. Those moments make every single struggle you’ve had to endure on this journey disappear in a blink. I promise.

I promise that you’ll look into your child’s eyes as you’re feeding them one night, or hear them say, “I love you” for the first time and this is all going to make sense!”

To see more photos and adoption stories, visit our “Recent Adoptions & Matches” page!
Are you hoping to adopt a baby? Call us at 1-877-383-6847 or email us to learn the steps needed to get started with a domestic infant adoption.

Tips for Arriving Home With Your Adopted Baby

infant-adoption-in-2017When the time arrives that you can take home your precious baby, you’ll feel so elated! After an adoption wait and many prayers, you’re now finally home with your newborn.
 
The first month can be a challenging time for new parents, so today we’re sharing some basic tips with you!
 
The First Day Home
Begin by spending quiet time admiring and enjoying your new baby. Resist the urge to invite friends and family over to show them off. You need to take the time just to stare at your adorable baby. Admire his toes, fingers, and eyelashes. Gaze upon his tiny, delicate fingernails and round little tummy. Hold him, cuddle him, and let this precious moment sink in. Take plenty of photos and videos. The months of waiting are over, and you’re a parent!
 
The First Week Home
Your friends and family will be eager to visit and see your new baby. Request that all visitors wash their hands before holding your baby. If you feel awkward asking them, you might hang a sign by the front door that says something like “Please keep little Johnny healthy by washing your hands before holding him. Thanks!”
 
Your friends and family may want to chat about your whole adoption experience. A close friend or family member can help you out by reminding guests when it’s time to leave. As new parents, you’ll be exhausted and need all the rest you can get. Once the conversation is coming to a close, having guests depart will give you time to rest. It’s so important to remember the old saying “sleep when the baby sleeps”!
 
The First Month Home
People will be asking you “what can we do to help?” all the time. Accept their offers of help! It’s difficult for some to let others help out. But it really helps to take advantage of friends and family’s offers of help when you have a new baby home. Here are some ideas of things people could help you with:

  • Dishes – ask someone to load the dishwasher, put away dishes, and hand wash certain items. Asking someone to help you with dishes will make them feel useful and save you time.
  • Meals – lots of people will probably ask if they can help you with anything. Set up a meal train website! That way you can share food allergies and preferences. A meal train site also allows people to see which days are already covered. A couple of great meal train sites include MealBaby.com and MealTrain.com.
  • Caring for Children – you might ask those you trust for help with your older children. For example, a fellow parent at your child’s school could take them to school and/or drop them off afterward. This is a wonderful opportunity to save you energy.
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    Enjoy this special time, and share it with others. The memories you create will be worth everything to you and your baby for a lifetime!

Our Amazing Family Addition

Here’s a sweet adoption update from Lifetime adoptive couple Paul and Summer:

 

“Hello to Everyone at Lifetime!

 

It’s official! Exactly two months after bringing our precious baby boy home from the hospital, his adoption was finalized! The past couple of months have been amazing and we can’t thank you all enough for the encouragement and help you have provided throughout this entire journey. Without the incredible ladies at Lifetime and without our son’s wonderful birth parents, we wouldn’t have this amazing addition to our family and answer to our prayers. We thank God that He brought us all together in His perfect plan and timing. We can’t wait to do it all over again!

 

With love and gratitude,

Paul and Summer”

Have you been thinking about whether adopting a baby or child is right for you? Call Lifetime Adoption for information on how to get started in your adoption journey: (727) 493-0933.

Adoption Tip: Make Sure Your Adoption Preferences Are Accurate

Lifetime’s Founder Mardie Caldwell has firsthand adoption experience through the adoption of her son. In this video, she shares an important adoption tip with waiting adoptive couples—you need to make sure that the adoption preferences your adoption professional has on file for you are accurate.

By keeping your preferences up to date and correct, you will avoid the unfortunate circumstance of having to “pass” on a birth mother and her baby.  Learn more in this short video:

 

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.

How to Avoid an Adoption Reclaim

During your adoption journey, you may have heard of something called an “adoption reclaim.” This occurs when a birth mother changes her mind about adoption after her child is placed with the adoptive family, and decides to take her child back to parent herself. As an adoptive family, it’s normal to be concerned about this.

Watch this short video and learn from adoption expert Mardie Caldwell about how you can avoid the risk of an adoption reclaim:

 

Get Your Adoption Home Study Done with Lifetime Adoption

If you have just started your adoption journey to adopt a baby or child, you may have heard and read about the adoption “home study.” The home study is a requirement in order to adopt. It includes a report of your family, your daily life, as well as an assessment of where you will raise your child.

As a full-service adoption agency, Lifetime Adoption Agency now offers this vital adoption service as you prepare for your domestic adoption. In this video, Lifetime Adoption Agency’s President and Founder Mardie Caldwell describes our adoption home study service:

 

If you have questions or would like to employ our home study services, please call Lifetime Adoption Agency at 1-800-923-6784.

What to Do During Your Adoption Wait this Winter

When you’re hoping to be matched with a birth mother, the adoption wait can be made more difficult when you’re stuck inside during the winter months.

Learn what you can be doing towards your adoption during these cold and stormy winter months. In this video, the Founder of Lifetime Adoption Mardie Caldwell shares some useful tips that will improve your adoption journey and help you adopt more quickly:

 

If you have questions about the adoption tips shared in the video (or about adoption in general), please give us a call at (727) 493-0933 or email us.