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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.

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!
 
 

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Please take the first step today by filling out our online application. The application is free of charge and is quick to fill out.

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.

How to Simplify the Complicated World of Adoption

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A baby boy who was adopted through Adoption Agency Florida

Adoption is a very rewarding option for couples who cannot conceive a child. But the journey to the baby meant for your family can be complex. Today, we share tips on how to streamline the adoption process.

1. Learn from Others Who’ve Adopted
Don’t take advice from those who haven’t experienced adoption for themselves. A great place to hear from successful adoptive families is by tuning into webinars on AdoptionWebinar.com. Often, people who haven’t adopted recently will give advice about the methods and laws of adoption that have since changed.

Many are just ignorant about adoption and learn what they know from the media instead of real life. Most adoptions go well and without problems. Since the media knows that drama sells, they only portray a small portion of the adoption experience.


2. Get the Help of a Professional

Along with the people who sincerely want to help you adopt, there are also many out there who want to scam you. A good rule of thumb is to avoid spending a penny until you sign on with your adoption agency. There are a lot of dishonest people who say they want to help you, but they just want your money. An example of an adoption scam is an advertiser who says they’ll help you find a birth mother. A reputable agency is there to identify scams for you; they field inquiries from women who call in saying they want to choose adoption for their baby.

Many times, higher priced, experienced adoption professionals with a record of success will give you much value than someone less expensive. Compare adoption companies and don’t rush yourself when you do your research. Just a few weeks of research can pay off tremendously. Check out the professional with the Better Business Bureau and ask for referrals of past clients.

3. Don’t Be a Perfectionist

With adoption, you just can’t wait for the perfect time to get started. Realize that you don’t have to learn everything all at once. Start by researching adoption terms. If you have questions, write them down, then research and ask others. Don’t obsess: take it one step (or topic) at a time. Consider devoting one hour a day to learning about adoption. You can do this by reading, speaking to others who have adopted, and seeking out adoption professionals.

4. Consider Open Adoption
In an open adoption, the birth mother chooses the adoptive family for her baby. They meet each other in person and have ongoing contact as the child grows up. There are many benefits to open adoption, including that you’ll have knowledge of your child’s medical history in the future if needed. And, your child will grow up knowing that they were adopted, so when they ask you where they came from you’ll be able to answer.

Myths About Domestic Adoption, Revealed

Discover the myths and truths surrounding domestic adoptionThe number of babies and children adopted through a domestic adoption has increased, and we have seen that the number of children adopted into the United States from other countries has dropped significantly over recent years. This is because of a variety of incidents involving children adopted internationally has resulted in many countries over the years discontinuing adoptions. Also, many countries have tightened their rules for international adoptions such as age limits and marital restrictions.

Some hopeful adoptive parents tell us they want to adopt internationally because they are afraid of the birth parents coming back to claim their child after the adoption has happened. Actually, that situation is dramatized and mostly occurs in TV shows and movies. In reality, an adoption reclaim happens very rarely. Reclaims happen if there has been adoption fraud or the child’s existence was hidden from the birth father. This is why it’s important to work with an adoption professional, with the experience in spotting potential adoption frauds and scams. Also, an adoption professional will ensure that the child’s birth father has been informed of the adoption plans and he’s legally consented to the adoption.

There are many children available for adoption in the US that range in age from newborn to older child, and even sibling groups. Consider adopting one of these children by browsing our website. Call us at Adoption Agency Florida if you’d like to learn the steps needed to get started with your domestic adoption: 1-877-383-6847.

Lifetime Adoptive Families Share: Our Adoption Experience

If you’re thinking about working with Lifetime Adoption Agency to bring home your baby or child, you might be wondering, “what is it like to work with Lifetime?” and “how does life look after the adoption?”

Hear from successful Lifetime adoptive families, as they share stories of their adoptions of their children, and what life’s like now:


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I Grew in Mommy’s Heart

Deena,

I cannot believe its been 1 year since I was matched. I remember everything about that morning, including calling you back at 10:10 am ET and saying yes.

Lindsay turns 1 in a few short weeks. She has been a constant joy and entertainment. I would not trade a moment of our time together (even the teething, she has 8). She is my Lovey. As I celebrate her year of firsts, I wanted you to know I have not once forgotten about Lifetime or you and the gift you have given me. You and Lifetime are in the business of making dreams come true.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am so blessed to call myself Lindsay’s mom.

Love and blessings, Cynthia


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A Double Blessing

Hi Linda,

We’re planning a birthday party for the twins, but it won’t be until January because of everyone’s work schedules right now (holidays). We had a little party for them on Tuesday. I will forward a pic once I have the boss’s (Retta) seal of approval on one that looks nice…lol.

Rayne and JD are such an absolute blessing, and we thank God for them every day! And we appreciate so much all of your help in bringing us together!

–Matt & Retta & Rayne & JD


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Forever Family!

Linda and Deena, God is good! We are elated to tell you that our adoption of our angels Alexis and Javon finalized via a video conference hearing yesterday. We are a forever family! We are feeling so joyful and so blessed. The kids were so excited about the final hearing that they could barely sleep the night before. They have been telling everyone that they have a forever family. Again thank you all at Lifetime for the persistence and hard work in making our dreams of parenthood come true. Raphael, Kimberly, Alexis and Javon


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Our Dream Come True

We can’t thank you guys enough for all the joy and blessing you have bought us. We just can’t stop singing your praise of how professional and helpful Lifetime has been in making this a smooth and enjoyable experience. I know we have referred Lifetime to several families that have expressed interest in adopting. Our little princess was born in December and this is absolutely the most precious blessing anyone could pray or wish for, she has brought so much joy into our life. Just to be on the safe side I am including a couple of photos that we like the best and you ladies can decide which one you prefer, we’re fine with either one.

Best regards,
Charles, Rosa and baby Chase Rose
 

Learn about how you can adopt the baby of your dreams! Please call us at 1-877-383-6847 or take the first step today and fill out our free online application to adopt.