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Celebrating African American Adoption

This adoption story features two African American families coming together for one precious child. You’ll hear the story of how birth mother Adrianne and adoptive parents Cheryl and Doug grew a relationship through open adoption, how they chose adoption in general and the challenges they faced choosing adoption within their African American communities. During this heartwarming interview, you’ll hear tips from both sides, that apply to anyone considering adoption or who has already been touched by adoption.

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Loving Oklahoma Couple Ready to Grow Family Through the Blessing of Adoption!

Meet Charles and Jennifer, a loving, joyful couple from Oklahoma ready to grow their family through the blessing of adoption! They have one son, Aidan, who’s 14 and is looking forward to becoming a protective big brother. Charles and Jennifer promise to raise your child in a safe, secure, and faith-based home and provide him or her with an excellent education. Check out Charles and Jennifer’s adoptive family video today!
 
They created this short and sweet video to introduce themselves and share more about what they have to offer your child. Keep scrolling to learn more about this fun and loving Oklahoma couple!
 
Hopeful adoptive parents Charles and Jennifer
 
“We would love to hear the hopes you have for your child and we are open to sharing letters, photos, and visits with you as your child grows!” say Charles and Jennifer.
 
Their three bedroom home is located in a family-friendly neighborhood close to great schools. Charles and Jennifer’s home has a nice yard that their dog loves to run around in, a garden, and a lot of space for your child to grow and play! Charles and Jennifer have two cats and dog, Max, who’s a German Shepard/Cattle dog mix. He’s friendly with everyone he meets and loves taking walks around the neighborhood.
 
“Jennifer is passionate, strong, very loving, and selfless. She is a great mother to Aidan and a wonderful wife!” says Charles. And Jennifer shares about her husband, “Charles is the sweetest man and I am so grateful to have him by my side. He is dependable, considerate, and has such a fun personality.”
 

Curious to know more about Charles and Jennifer? You can check out their website, which has more photos, info, and a video.

Interested in talking to them as potential adoptive parents to your baby? Just text or call Lifetime 1-800-923-6784!

Why Does Adoption Cost So Much Money?

How can we afford to adopt?Once you’ve shared about your plans to adopt a baby with others, you may get asked, “Why does adoption cost so much money?” People who ask questions like this might pose it negatively, maybe even adding “Babies who need a home should be free!” How do you answer prying questions about the cost of adoption?
 
The reality is that your answer depends on who you’re chatting with.
 
If it’s someone close to you, you could share more details on what’s required in every adoption.
 
To answer people who you’re not as close with (or feel like spending a lot of time educating!), you might just explain that there are many processes and professionals involved in helping a family adopt a child.
 
When you think about it, the birth of a biological child involves many medical professionals and procedures. But since medical insurance covers a biological child’s addition to a family, most of these costs are not as obvious. To adopt, there are even more people needed to get proper clearances and support birth parents and adoptive parents. Adoption professionals also ensure that the adoption is handled safely and legally.
 
Lifetime Adoption Agency’s fees include many things, like:

  • Nationwide outreach to birth mothers through social media ads, marketing to hospitals, pregnancy centers, doctors, campuses, counselors, churches, etc. (anywhere a pregnant woman might consider her options)
  • Support as you create your adoption profile, website, and video using Lifetime’s exclusive, proven recipe for success
  • A one-on-one review of your adoption profile
  • Private website for clients, packed with helpful webinars, tips, guidelines, answers, and articles
  • 24-hour availability for support and services to all birth mothers
  • Licensed, third-party counseling for birth mothers
  • Complete support throughout your match
  • Collaboration with the attorneys working on your match
  • Communication with the hospital where your baby will be born
  • Recommendations for adoption loans, grants, savings, and extra assistance
  • Experienced support so that you can get ready to adopt
  • Referrals to home study providers and attorneys to help you achieve a safe, successful adoption

Antonio and Tina's sonWondering how you’ll afford adoption? Lifetime has several payment options. After you apply and become pre-approved to adopt, we’ll share payment options that could work for your family’s needs. In addition, we can provide ideas for an affordable adoption, including referrals for adoption loans and grants, and fundraising.
 
If you think about it, adoption is more affordable than most infertility treatments. And, your investment in adoption comes with a higher chance that you’ll end up with a baby than cycles of IVF or treatment do.
 
There’s an Adoption Tax Credit available too; you can claim your adoption on your taxes and receive a credit for the year your finalize your adoption. With the Adoption Tax Credit, you get money back—not receive a deduction.
 
Adoption benefits through your employer are also a possibility, and this type of benefit is becoming more widely available. To find out if your company offers an adoption benefit, ask your HR/Payroll department. Adoption benefits do not cost a company anything to provide. Depending on the company, adoption benefits can range from $1,000 to over $10,000. If you want to help your company start an adoption benefit program, visit the Dave Thomas Foundation online. The Foundation can send you a packet of information to give to your HR department for review.

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If I Adopt Out My Baby, Do I Get Paid?

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“Do birth mothers get paid for choosing adoption?”

“Can I get paid for making an adoption plan?”
 
These are a few of the common questions about money that women ask when they’re thinking about adoption. You can’t get paid for making an adoption plan for your child, because it’s illegal to trade a child for money.
 
But if it’s legal in your state, you may be able to get help from the adoptive parents with your pregnancy expenses. So actually, rather than being compensated for placing a child, you can receive financial assistance.
 

“How Much Will Adoption Cost Me?”

It doesn’t cost you anything to choose adoption. Adoptive couples are responsible for paying adoption fees though, and they might even be able to give you financial help if allowable in your state.
 

“What Kind of Financial Assistance Can I Receive?”

It’s common knowledge that having a baby is expensive! When you’re pregnant, you’ll face doctor’s bills, buy clothes that fit your expanding belly, and get pregnancy gear such as a belly support band. Plus, you might have to take a sick day away from work if you have pregnancy issues like bad morning sickness.
 
The adoptive family that you choose can typically pay for the extra expenses that you face. Allowable living expenses will differ based on your state’s laws. Here are a few of the items that you could receive assistance with:
 
Paid for adopting out my baby?

Rent & Living Expenses

Many women dealing with an unplanned pregnancy find that since they’ve had to call in sick to work, they can’t pay rent. If a birth mother can’t afford this living expense due to pregnancy, the adoptive family she chooses can pay her rent (in most states). You can also get help with living expenses like your cell phone bill, utilities, and transportation.
 

Medical Expenses

It’s very important to continue having regular prenatal visits throughout your pregnancy. And women with high-risk pregnancies will require extra care, more doctor’s appointments, and even prescription medication. Whatever the medical costs during your pregnancy might be, an adoptive family could cover those.
 

Food

Having a healthy, well-balanced diet is important not just for your health, but for your baby’s health too. And it’s pretty common to eat more food during your pregnancy-you are eating for two, after all! Typically, the adoptive family can help out with any food expenses that the birth mother incurs during pregnancy so that she can maintain the health of her baby.
 

Counseling

For your mental health during the adoption process, Lifetime strongly recommends getting therapy. The sooner you start the process of healing, the better off you’ll be in the long run.
 
Lifetime can connect you with a licensed therapist or a peer counselor, or both! A peer counselor is a woman who’s already made an adoption plan for her child. As she’s been where you’re at right now, she can give you valuable tips on what to expect. The adoptive family will be responsible for paying for these counseling services.
 

Legal Expenses

When you choose adoption for your baby or child, you don’t need to pay for legal help from adoption attorneys. The adoptive family you’ve selected is responsible for paying legal fees.
 

State Laws About Adoption Expenses

Every state has its own laws about which expenses can be paid for or repaid by an adoptive family. Your adoption lawyer will know which financial assistance options are available to you during the adoption process.
 
No matter what your situation is, an adoption attorney can help you understand what expenses the adoptive family can pay for to ease your financial strain.
 

Do you have questions about adoption? Call Lifetime for answers!
We’re available 24/7 by text or phone call at 1-800-923-6784.

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3 Things Birth Mothers Want to See in a Profile

Woman looks at open adoption profilesMany hopeful adoptive parents wonder what birth mothers are looking for in an adoption profile. They want to increase their profile views so that a birth mother chooses them. However, what to include in your adoption profile isn’t an exact science. That’s because every birth mother is different, and so there’s no single answer to what every woman wants to see. Because every birth mother’s preferences are different, so is what she wants to see in the profile of the family she picks.
 
With that said, there are three major items that most birth mothers seek in adoption profiles:
 

1. A Genuine Connection

When we’ve asked birth mothers why they chose the particular adoptive couple that she did, most of them share that they just had a “gut feeling” about the family. Sometimes, birth mothers know the exact attributes they want to see in an adoptive family. Others might not know what they want and then something just “clicks” when they look at an adoptive family profile.
 
Usually, the thing that makes her feel an immediate connection is a small, unique trait. As an example, a birth mother that had a particular breed of a dog growing up might see a family with that same breed and then decide they’re right for her. It might also be that the adoptive mom shares their interests or hobbies.
 
The things that allow a birth mother to feel a connection are usually things that an adoptive family can’t control. That’s why it’s important to be yourself in your adoption profile. It seems to be the unique things about a family that causes a birth mother to choose them. If you’re true to yourself in your profile, you’ll have a better chance of the right birth mother choosing you.
 
Women reads adoption profiles from hopeful parents

2. Happy, Candid Photos

While birth mothers do read an adoptive family’s profile, the text usually comes second to the pictures. Like most people today, birth mothers often prefer looking at photos over reading text. Having quality, current, photos in your adoption profile will give her a better idea of what your family is really like. Naturally, a birth mother would be more comfortable choosing an adoptive couple who looks happy and candid in their photos over one with staged, stiff photos.
 

3. A Positive View of Adoption

Adoption is a difficult decision to make. So, birth mothers want to feel reassured that the family they select for their baby respects and celebrates adoption. Most birth mothers want their baby to grow up knowing about his or her adoption and their birth family. Seeing an adoptive family focus on that commitment in their profile is crucial.
 
Put yourself in a birth mother’s shoes, and try to imagine what she’s going through. Make sure to share how you’ll celebrate adoption and your child’s birth mother in your family. If you emphasize your excitement for the adoption in your profile, a birth mother will notice it.
 
If you’re a hopeful adoptive family, make sure to represent yourselves honestly, and the right birth mother will find you!
 
At Lifetime Adoption Agency, each adoptive family receives one-on-one guidance and tips from their own dedicated Profile Coordinator.
 

Do you have questions about adopting through Lifetime or how we can help you create an effective adoption profile?

Send us an email or call us at (530) 271-1740!

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This Easygoing Tennessee Couple Will Be Awesome Parents!

Tennessee adoptive couple Jacob and BriMeet Jacob and Bri, a young, low-key Tennessee couple who are ready to become parents through adoption! To share about themselves with you, they’ve taped this cute adoption video.
 
They like hiking, going to the movies, working on home projects together, and playing with their dogs Gus and Belle.
 
Jacob and Bri would love to welcome a baby boy or a baby girl of any race into their loving Tennessee home. They will feel blessed if chosen to adopt your baby!
 

“Why Should I Consider Jacob and Bri as My Baby’s Parents?”

Tennessee couple Bri and Jacob walking on their propertyJacob and Bri are a loving, family-centered Christian couple who would love to share their lives and home as parents. They’re committed to each other and support each other’s jobs and goals. Jacob and Bri both have their immediate families living nearby, so your baby would grow up seeing their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins regularly.
 
They’re easy to talk to and are interested in getting to know the birth mother who chooses them. Jacob and Bri want your child to know you as he or she grows up, and so they’d like to stay in contact with you in the future through letters, photos, and visits. Jacob and Bri care about birth mothers and recognize that an adoption relationship with you isn’t just about your baby.
 
Bri and Jacob's large propertyJacob is a hard-working man and a dedicated husband who will provide for the family through his work as a Sales Engineer. Bri is patient, compassionate, and kind, and works part-time as an office assistant. Once they adopt, she’ll become a part-time stay-at-home mom.
 
They own a five-bedroom home which has a fully fenced-in backyard and a small fish pond. Jacob and Bri have been setting up their future baby’s nursery. Their large property is perfect for fishing, and they grow a vegetable garden, and plan to get a big playset!
 

Watch Jacob and Bri’s short & sweet adoption video to get a glimpse into their lives!

Young, Adventurous Tennessee Couple Would Love to Adopt! from Lifetime Adoption on Vimeo.

If you’re interested in learning more about Bri and Jacob, check out their adoption website! On it, they’ve written a heartfelt letter to you, complete with photos, which shares more about themselves.
 

Would you like to speak with Jacob and Bri? Just give Lifetime a call at 1-800-923-6784!

How to Rock Your Home Study

Married couple with adoption consultantMany hopeful adoptive parents find the home study to be the most time-consuming and nerve-wracking part of the adoption process. They wonder things like, “Will they find our home to be acceptable? What about our parenting approach?”
 
Today, Lifetime Adoption Agency will share what to expect with a home study and how to prepare, as well as shed light on common home study myths!
 

What’s the adoption home study?

It’s an evaluation that a licensed social worker completes on a prospective adoptive family. Per state and federal regulations, you must have an approved home study to adopt. That’s because your home study will be used by your attorney to file adoption paperwork with the court. Before he or she approves and finalizes your adoption, a judge will review your home study.
 
It’s the perfect time to learn more about the adoption process and how to parent an adopted child. So make sure to ask your home study provider your questions as they come up!
 

Information in a Home Study:

  • Your background (childhood, parents and siblings, and life events)
  • Important people in your lives
  • Marriage and family relationships
  • Reason for adopting
  • Expectations for your child and the adoption
  • Outlook about infertility issues (if relevant)
  • Parenting approach and childcare plans
  • Family environment
  • Your health history
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Finances (including your insurance coverage)
  • References
  • Criminal background clearances

What to Expect in a Home Study

The home study process typically happens in 3 stages:
 
1st Stage: Complete required paperwork
 
2nd Stage: A social worker will make at least one visit to your home, and conduct individual interviews of both of you.
 
3rd Stage: The social worker writes an evaluation of your family and their recommendation for adoption.
 
The home study process will take from two to four months, depending on how quickly you complete your paperwork and how busy the home study worker is at the time.
 
Completing adoption paperwork

Common Myths About Home Studies

“Our house must be perfect.”
A social worker is expecting to walk into a home that looks lived in, not one that’s been perfectly staged. The social worker won’t arrive in a little white outfit for a white glove test, we promise!
 
“We have to be rich.”
Even though adoption can get expensive, you don’t need to be wealthy to get your home study approved. The social worker is looking to see if you’re financially stable; that you stay out of debt and pay your bills on time. So, what’s more important than how well-off you are is your budget, debt, and how you spend.
 
“We have to own our home.”
Couples who rent a condo, apartment, or house can also get their home study approved.
 
“My past has to be clean.”
The social worker understands that you’re only human. With that said, you’ll have to answer questions about your criminal background, social environment, and medical history. Shares Linda Rotz, Lifetime’s Director of Adoption Services, “The adoptive couple needs to share if they’ve been directly or indirectly exposed to circumstances such as alcohol/drug abuse, physical abuse, mental abuse, sexual abuse, jail, counseling or financial issues. The truth is, most couples have had some sort of exposure,”
 
The social worker completing your home study will evaluate the issues and address them. Sometimes, a hopeful adoptive couple needs to show growth and change in a specific area, or take additional training. While there are felonies that would disqualify a couple from adopting, each state has its own laws. So it’s best to evaluate them with the social worker.
 
Social worker tours a couple's home

How to Get Ready for Your Home Study

Be prepared to answer questions about very personal topics such as your marriage, childhood, and any issues you might carry around. The home study provider might ask about your mental health, how you were disciplined as a child, marriage conflict, infertility issues, and financial struggles.
 
By asking questions like this, the social worker is seeking to determine how you manage stress and difficulty. How have you worked through tough issues in the past? Do you have a strong support system? Are you willing to ask for help when it’s needed? By being straightforward about how you’ve moved through difficult events, the social worker can get a clear picture.
 

Home Study Tips

Expect to spend quite a bit of time completing paperwork and gathering the needed documents. Here’s a list of items that most home study professionals require:

  • Tax records
  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage certificate
  • Background checks
  • Bank statements
  • Employment verification
  • Proof of insurance
  • Physicals

We recommend reserving a few weeknights or a weekend to work through the process. Put on your favorite music, grab some snacks, put on some music, and get to work!
 
It’s important to be yourself during the home visit and interview. Since the home study professional is trying to get to know you and your family, it’s beneficial for you to be honest and straightforward.
 
The adoption home study might involve a lot of work, but once you bring your baby home you’ll see that it’s completely worth it!
 

Home Study Resources

Adoption webinars about the home study, which are free to access!

Lifetime’s Adoption Expert Q&A: The Adoption Home Study, and more…
Behind the Scenes of Your Adoption Home Study
Adoption Q & A – All About the Home Study
 
Here are some useful articles on the adoption home study:
 
Home Study 101: All You Need to Know
6 Proven Tips on How to Get Your Home Study Done in a Flash
How to Get Ready for Your Home Study in Florida
Surviving the Adoption Home Study

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What If No One Wants to Adopt My Baby?

Pregnant woman cradles bellyMany pregnant women who are thinking about adoption for their baby wonder, “Are babies that are put up for adoption always adopted?” They worry that no one will want to adopt their baby.
 
This worry usually comes from confusion about the adoption process. Some women are concerned that their baby’s health issue will affect his or her chances of being adopted.
 
We know that you want the best for your baby.
 
You’re probably thinking of adoption because you want your baby to have every opportunity in life. And right now, you might not be able to provide the kind of life you envision for your child. But, you might be wondering, “What if they aren’t adopted? What if nobody wants to adopt my child? Will they go into the foster care system?”
 
When you make an adoption plan through an adoption agency, your baby will be adopted. He or she will be placed into the arms of an adoptive couple who have been waiting and praying for a child.
 
The main reason that people wonder how many kids “given up for adoption” really get adopted is because they think adoption is just like foster care.
 
With adoption, you’re intentionally choosing for your baby to be parented by an adoptive couple. You’re able to select your adoption professional, your baby’s adoptive parents, how much contact you’d like with them, and how your time in the hospital for delivery will go.
 
In foster care, a child is removed from their home by the authorities. The child is usually placed into temporary care while waiting to go home with a biological family member. If they can’t be reunited with a member of their family, they’ll become eligible for adoption through foster care. These children then may face a long wait until a couple adopts them permanently from foster care.
 
When you contact Lifetime Adoption Agency to make an adoption plan, we’ll work with you as you choose adoptive parents who you feel are right for your baby. Your baby won’t go into state custody, so he or she will never be waiting to be adopted. Once your baby is born, you’re able to place him or her into their parents’ arms.
 
You might have heard about how children in foster care wait years to be adopted into a permanent family. Many of these children remain in foster care until they become adults at 18.
 
Fortunately, choosing adoption for your baby with an agency isn’t like that. By working with an adoption agency like Lifetime, your baby will have permanent adoptive parents ready and waiting for them. Making an adoption plan for a baby through an agency is different than a foster care adoption. Your baby is able to go home with their forever family.
 
If you’ve ever been worried that no one would want to adopt your baby, you can rest easy. There are hundreds of waiting adoptive parents who have been praying for a child and would love to welcome your baby into their family.
 

Click to view some of their profiles, or contact us to see more profiles of potential parents for your baby.

What is ICPC and How Will It Affect Our Adoption?

Mother holds her sleeping baby on a planeThe world of domestic adoption has its own terms, phrases and, of course, acronyms. During your adoption journey, they’re important to know and understand. If you’re chosen by a birth mother who doesn’t live in your state, the acronym “ICPC” will become a crucial part of your adoption and remain in the front of your mind.
 
Are you wondering what ICPC stands for exactly? And how it will apply to your adoption? Today, Lifetime Adoption Agency will break this commonly-used domestic adoption acronym down for you!
 
“ICPC” stands for The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children. ICPC oversees the transfer of a child from one state to another in an adoption situation. It was created to make sure that there is an agreement in adoptions where the child is born in a state other than the one where the adoptive parents live. Each US state has different adoption laws on adoptive family requirements, when a birth parent can sign their termination of parental rights (TPR), and how long the revocation period is. ICPC allows adoption professionals in each state to communicate with one another to confirm everything is done safely and legally.
 
To sum it up, the birth mother’s state and the adoptive family’s state need to communicate with each other. The birth mother’s state is tasked with the safety and well-being of the child and has to inform the other state that this child will soon become a resident. ICPC is done for the protection and welfare of the child, which can be challenging to remember when you’re anxious to go home.
 
In most cases, ICPC is basically a formality. Look at it as the last “to-do” before you can bring your baby home. While you wait for ICPC to clear, you’ll need to remain in the state in which your baby was born. However, depending on circumstances, one spouse may be allowed to go back home so they can continue working while the adoptive couple waits for ICPC to be approved. Some states complete the paperwork faster than others, so your adoption professional should be able to give you an estimate of how long you might be waiting.
 
If you’re adopting from another state, it’s important to have plans made ahead of time for who will take care of things at home. We recommend setting up someone to care for your pets, bring in your mail, and take care of any other responsibilities that have to be done while you’re gone. Explain the process to your employer, and reassure them that you’ll return as soon as possible.
 
While being away from your familiar surroundings with a newborn can be challenging, it can also be the perfect time to bond with your new baby as a newly-expanded family. If you’ve made sure to tie up all the loose ends before you leave, you can use this time to bond as a family before you go back home to your everyday routine.
 

Do you have questions about how domestic adoption works? Lifetime Adoption Agency would love to help you!

Just call Lifetime at 1-800-923-6784.