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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.

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.

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!

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.

Choosing an Adoptive Family for Your Baby

Did you know that you have lots of rights in modern adoption, like choosing an adoptive family for your baby?No matter how you got to our site, whether you Googled “how do I give up a baby” or “I want to put my baby up for adoption,” you’re definitely in the right place!

Lifetime is here to help by giving you resources on modern adoption plans. Adoption isn’t like it was decades ago when a pregnant woman was placed in a maternity home, then forced to place her baby.

Modern adoption is all about putting the power and choices in your hands. You have rights: in choosing an adoptive family for your baby, deciding how much you want to stay in contact with them in the future, and also how things will go down at the hospital when you deliver.

Since 1986, we’ve helped thousands of women find loving adoptive parents for their child. So, you can trust that Lifetime knows what we’re doing!

You can check out available adoptive families by viewing our Waiting Adoptive Families page. If you see an adoptive couple you’re interested in talking to, Lifetime can make that happen!

Just call us (anytime, day or night) at 1-800-923-6784. Let Lifetime connect you with our carefully-approved adoptive parents.

Maybe you’ve already had your baby, or you’ve been parenting, but it’s not working out. It’s never too late to make a modern adoption plan. Just call or text Lifetime anytime day or night, at 1-800-923-6784. We’ll get you adoption help and resources right away!

Adoption as a Solution to Unplanned Pregnancy

Adoption can be a great solution to an unplanned pregnancy...If you’re dealing with an unplanned pregnancy and don’t feel prepared to raise a child, adoption is a realistic alternative. Adoptions today are done very differently than in years past.
 
Today, in what’s called an “open adoption,” you’re empowered and respected. You have the right to choose the parents you want for your child. Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida will send you profiles made by the hopeful adoptive parents. In the profile, they share about their lives, careers, where they live, and other facts. We encourage you to interview your top three picks over the phone, and in person if possible.
 
You’ll get to know the adoptive family better throughout your pregnancy. The amount of contact you’d like to have after the adoption happens is talked about and agreed on. Some birth mothers like to stay in touch with the adoptive family and their child through email and social media sites like Facebook. Others choose to have in-person visits once a year. It’s all up to you!
 
When they first hear about adoption, some women say, “I could never give my baby up for adoption.” But open adoption today really isn’t about a decision to “give my baby away.” It’s about making a mature decision if you realize that you wouldn’t be able to give your child everything you want to.
 
Maybe now isn’t the right time to parent. That’s a hard realization to come to, and so we encourage you to take advantage of the counseling we make available. You can talk to a licensed third-party therapist, and you can talk to a birth mother: someone who’s been where you are now and ended up choosing adoption for her child.
 

If you’d like info on how to get started with open adoption, you can call or text our 24-hour adoption answer line at 1-800-923-6784.

Surviving the Adoption Home Study

adoption home study visitWe recommend that you use your adoption home study as a way to learn even more about adoption. You’ll need to get a home study no matter where you live, or where you plan to adopt. An adoption home study is a document that shares the story of your life: your health, your family and marital history, and your finances. It also contains a description of your house and neighborhood, references, and info about any criminal record or health concerns.

For many hopeful adoptive couples, the idea of opening up their homes and lives to a stranger puts them on edge. A common worry about the home study is that it’ll find you ineligible to adopt. The truth is, it’s uncommon for a home study to end with a negative judgment. Even though you might feel that the process is invasive, remember its goal is to ensure children are placed into loving homes.

So what exactly is an adoption home study? It’s social worker’s written evaluation, based upon interviews they’ve had with you during at least one in-person visit to your home. Your home doesn’t have to be child-proofed, contain a finished nursery, or a separate bedroom for the baby before the social worker’s visit. They will want to know, however, how you plan to accommodate your precious arrival.

Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida provides home studies. Learn how we can help you with this aspect of your domestic adoption!

Just give us a call at 1-800-9-ADOPT-4 or learn more about our home study service here.

In the video below, our Founder and President Mardie Caldwell shares about the adoption home study service we provide to adopting families:

“My Baby’s Adoptive Parents Are a Gift from God!”

Here’s a touching email that one of our birth mothers recently emailed to the adoptive family she chose for her baby:

“Dear Chris and Jessica,

It wasn’t that long ago that we were strangers…strangers who needed each other. I needed for you to open your hearts and home to my baby. You needed me to give you the baby that you’d so longed for. I think that at the time of conception, God was developing a plan to unite us, even though there were thousands of miles between us.

From the moment we talked on the phone, I felt a sense of comfort and relief. I was relieved that God had sent me angels to care for and love my baby. Even though I was relieved, I was also doubtful that total strangers could love my baby as their own. It wasn’t until I saw you two at the hospital caring for and holding and caring my baby that I realized how amazing adoption is. All of my doubts quickly went away.

Chris, you gently picked up my baby girl and wrapped your arms around her, as if pledging to protect her. The look in your eyes said “love.” You were so concerned when her last diaper change or feeding was. It became clear to me that she’d won your heart and was in good hands.

Jessica, I really feel that you’re a gift from God. The love and nurturing that you gave my daughter was so real and strong that everyone around us could feel it. I feel honored to have been able to help you become a mother.

I love you two! I can’t describe how much it means to me that you adopted my baby. May God bless you, because you’ve definitely blessed me. Thank you!”

Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida is here for you as you consider adoption for your baby or child. Let us know if you have questions. Just call or text 1-800-923-6784.

“My Baby’s Adoptive Mom is So Awesome!”

Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida gives ongoing pregnancy and adoption support to birth mothers from all over, including birth mothers right here in Florida, like Terri. She emailed her Adoption Support Coordinator Tiffany, “Good evening luv. I thought I’d share this with you. The adoptive mother, Cassie made a special Facebook group for Sidney. My baby’s adoptive mom is so awesome!”

my baby’s adoptive mom

Terri posted: “Cassie, Matt, and Tiffany. Three of the most amazing people I have ever had the pleasure of saying that I know. And all three now have a very special place in my heart forever more !! I could not feel more blessed to have found all three !! Everyone should be so lucky !!!”

It goes to show how much you really do have a say in your child’s future with open adoption! You can pick the adoptive parents for your baby from a big selection of couples all over the U.S. You have the power to say how things go in the hospital during delivery, such as who’s allowed in your room afterward. And, you’re able to keep in touch with them through emails, phone calls, Facebook, Skype, or visits. Another way to keep in touch with your child’s adoptive parents is on a private Facebook group, like Terri is doing.

Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida is here for you as you consider adoption for your baby or child. Let us know if you have questions. Just call or text 1-800-923-6784.

Open Adoption from an Adoptee’s Perspective

adoptee shares her storyToday, Adoption Agency Florida has a guest post from an adoptee who shares her open adoption story:

“My birth mom made one of the hardest choices a parent can make—she put me up for adoption. I was adopted into a loving and wonderful family in California just a few days after I was born. I’m so grateful that my mom chose life!

I’ve never felt like I was missing anything from my life. My adoptive parents were very open with me from a young age about adoption. And, I’ve had visits with my birth mother since I was a year old. So, I’ve always known I was adopted, but it didn’t bother me. It’s just a part of my life. Other people have been curious about my adoption, though, and have asked awkward questions like ‘where’s your REAL mom?’

Domestic adoption is one of the most popular types of adoption today. But, there are still tons of negative stereotypes about birth mothers. The most damaging ones are of birth mothers heartlessly “giving up” their baby or child. The truth is, most of them, like my birth mom, made the most selfless and loving choice that they could make. Birth mothers make a huge sacrifice for the benefit of their child. She is able to give life to her baby, and also to a couple who are filled with love and hope for a child.

Being an adopted child, I’ll be forever grateful for both my birth mom and the parents who adopted me. Thousands of adoptees are out there, thankful that we got the chance to live because two families made a remarkable decision. I am one of the blessed ones. I hope to keep sharing my adoption story so that others can also get this opportunity.”

Are you thinking about adoption for your baby or child? You can learn the steps needed to get started with an adoption plan by calling or texting us at 1-800-923-6784.