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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!

Free E-book About Adoption

Click to request this free e-book about adoption The short book So I Was Thinking About Adoption gives you quick info as you consider whether adoption is the right choice for you and your child. You can download the e-book version for free! This e-book about adoption is packed with checklists, help, and advice as you consider each of your pregnancy choices. You just need to enter your email address!

So I Was Thinking About Adoption is:

* A handy pocket guide on how the adoption process works
* Full of useful and easy-to-understand info
* A good place to look for tips on how to tell your parents, friends, and the baby’s father that you’re pregnant and considering adoption
* Packed with resources you need if dealing with an unplanned pregnancy

Click here to request your free copy today! It will be emailed right to you. You can save it to look at later when you’re ready, or you can read it right now. You can read this e-book on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

We understand you may have questions that might need answering now. We’re here to help with free caring, confidential 24/7 support.

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6 Smart Moves to Get Your Finances in Line for a Baby

get your money in line before you adopt!There’s no doubt that welcoming a baby into your home will affect your finances. There’s buying all the needed supplies, clothing, and bedding for a nursery, and then there’s the diapers, formula, toys, and child care. Add to that some costs that aren’t directly linked to the baby, but come into play such as increased life and disability insurance coverage.

Getting a hold of your finances right now, while you’re in the adoption wait, can help you enjoy your newborn without stressing out about money issues. Here are 6 smart moves to take before your baby arrives:

1. Check With Your Employer About Benefits

Ask your employer now which benefits are available to you, so you have an idea of how to budget. Parental leave is a necessary benefit, no matter if it’s paid or unpaid. There may be additional benefits you can take advantage of, like a health flexible spending account (FSA). Your employer may offer adoption-related benefits, so make sure to ask! Finally, you’ll want to research the life and disability insurance coverage your employer offers. Ask about the deadlines for buying increased coverage so you can plan ahead.

2. Pay Off Your Debt

Get out of any high-interest debt you’ve incurred, such as unpaid credit card balances. Once you start your family, finding money to dig yourselves out of debt might not be as easy as it was before.


3. Take a Look at Your Health Insurance

The costs for pregnancy and delivery vary a lot nationwide, depending on which doctor and hospital your birth mother will be seen at. Your insurance coverage will determine what your out-of-pocket medical costs for the birth mother’s pregnancy-related expenses will be. It’s smart to review the pregnancy and childbirth coverage included in your insurance now.

4. Start a “Rainy Day” Fund

Try to prepare now for the unexpected by routing 5% of your take-home pay into an emergency, “rainy day” fund. A good goal is to try and save the amount equal to three months’ of expenses into this fund. If you reach that target, continue to save 5% of your pay to cover unexpected costs like a car repair.

5. Consider Bonding Time

Per the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), you’re able to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave after the adoption. Both you and your spouse can take time off of work to bond with your baby. But you want to start thinking now about how you’ll afford living three months (or more) without a second paycheck.

6. Learn Child Care Costs

Child care costs may take up a large portion of your monthly budget. If both you and your spouse work outside the home, talk about how that may change. Maybe one parent will stay home. If you do need child care, your employer and the IRS may offer some assistance. Ask your employer if they offer a flexible spending account for child care. On your taxes, you might be able to claim your child and child care in a tax credit. And let’s not forget about the Adoption Tax Credit! Use these tax savings on big expenses such as formula and diapers.

Adoption, in a Birth Mom’s Words

hear about adoption in a birth mom's wordsWhen you’re not sure if adoption is right for you, what can help is hearing from someone who’s been where you are. Someone who’s been in your shoes, “been there, done that,” you know? Today, we’re going to share about adoption with you, from a birth mom’s point-of-view, in a birth mom’s words.
 
Here are some comments and emails from Lifetime birth mothers, sharing their stories of making an adoption plan for their baby, and their hopes for the future…all names and identifying info have been removed for privacy.
 
“It makes me so happy to see the adoptive mom I picked with my son. She’s such a good mom. I’d never ever change my decision to do adoption. He’s thriving and very smart. Sometimes I think about the ways I could have made it work, but in my heart I know I did the best thing I could for him. He’s got the world at his fingertips, and I’d never have been able to give him that. If not for Lifetime and his adoptive family, I think I’d have been a hot mess.”
 
“This is definitely the most difficult thing that I’ve ever done. But, my daughter will be surrounded by so much love and affection by her adoptive family. I’m so blessed to have peace of mind that she’ll be well provided for and taken care of. Working with lifetime has been nothing short of amazing…thank you again for everything!”
 
“Choosing adoption for my son is totally the best decision I’ve ever made. I gave up so much for that little guy: my senior year, my boyfriend, my body…I could go on. But I’ll never regret choosing to endure the 9 months it took to give my baby to a loving couple who can’t have children on their own. Knowing that I gave life to a couple who couldn’t make it themselves makes me thrilled. All of us have something to be grateful for. For me, it’s the ability to give my son a better life, and to help create a new family.”
 

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

Want Guidance from an Expert on the Adoption Tax Credit?

Sign up for our adoption tax credit webinar here!As you research adoption loans, grants, and other financing options, you’ve probably read about the Adoption Tax Credit. We’ve heard many adoptive couples say that this credit is difficult for them to understand how they might apply it to their taxes.

We’ll be hosting an information-packed webinar covering the Adoption Tax Credit. We’ll be joined by special guest Becky Wilmoth. Wilmoth is a well-known tax expert and an EA (Enrolled Agent) with Bill’s Tax Service in Centralia, Illinois.

Wilmoth is both an Adoption Tax Credit Specialist® and a licensed tax professional. As an Enrolled Agent (EA), Wilmoth prepares taxes, advises clients, and is a federally licensed tax professional. As a federally licensed tax professional, she has unrestricted rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS.

The Adoption Tax Credit has recently been covered in the national news. U.S. Senators Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Roy Blunt of Missouri have re-introduced the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act. This act makes the current adoption tax credit fully refundable! You can discover more about this story and the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act at www.Senate.gov.

You can register for our Adoption Tax Credit webinar by clicking this link. This webinar was rescheduled. However, you may still register to attend and then you will be the first to know when the new date is confirmed.

Here’s the link to register for this informative webinar on the Adoption Tax Credit:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5117208859587965954.

You’re able to join in on Lifetime’s tax credit webinar on your computer, over the phone, or via GoToWebinar’s app from your smartphone. After you register, we’ll email you instructions so that you can tune in live.

No matter where you are in of your adoption journey, we know you’ll benefit gaining knowledge about the Adoption Tax Credit!

Worth the Wait

Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida is excited to congratulate adoptive parents Kevin and Tequila from Georgia! They were blessed to adopt a baby boy, Maddox, just last week!
 
We were lucky enough to meet this newly-formed adoptive family in person! They visited our office and chatted with Lifetime’s adoption professionals, including Linda, Tiffany, and Natalie.
 
Adoptive family Kevin and Tequila visit with Lifetime's professionals
 
Worth the wait and loved!Baby Maddox was born at 3:14 am, weighed 7 pounds two ounces, and was 20 inches long. Kevin and Tequila are so happy and in love with him! We think his onesies say it all: “worth the wait” and “loved.”
 
Kevin and Tequila’s story of adopting Maddox began when two of Lifetime’s staff members met with his birth mother. They provided her with a labor bag, full of essentials that pregnant women need for their hospital stay. That very night, Maddox’s birth mother went into labor! Kevin and Tequila were able to make it to the hospital in time for delivery!
 
They make a beautiful family! Here’s a sweet video of Kevin, Anthony, Maddox, and Lifetime’s staff visiting:
 

Kevin & Tequila Adoptive Couple Adoption Update from Lifetime Adoption on Vimeo.

 

Would you like to discover how Lifetime Adoption Agency can help you begin your family?
 
You can take this first step towards adoption today! Just fill out our online application. The application is free of charge and can be completed quickly and simply.

Mother’s Day Adoption Webinar on Thursday! Hear Deanna’s Story

Our caring staff at Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida knows that Mother’s Day can be difficult when you’re in the midst of your adoption wait. Many adoptive-mothers-in-waiting experience mixed emotions on Mother’s Day. We’ll be hosting a special adoption webinar in honor of Mother’s Day!

Tennessee adoptive couple David and Deanna thought that they were going into yet another Mother’s Day waiting for a baby.

But last year, they were chosen by a birth mother who was in labor with a with a baby girl. She called Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida while in labor and was able to make a last-minute adoption plan!

Deanna is going to share her beautiful adoption story in a future webinar. She looks forward to telling future adoptive parents about her adoption journey. She’s hoping that the adoption wait story encourages you. David and Deanna’s story is a declaration of faith and perseverance in domestic adoption!

Just click this link to reserve your spot! This webinar was rescheduled. However, you may still register to attend and then you will be the first to know when the new date is confirmed.

Here’s the link to register for Lifetime’s special Mother’s Day webinar:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4694935921382638338.

You can attend our adoption webinar online, over the phone, or by using the GoToWebinar app from your smart phone.

Upon registering for our special Mother’s Day webinar, we’ll email you instructions on how you can tune in live.

You can benefit from hearing adoptive mother Deanna’s story, no matter what stage you’re in of your adoption journey!

How to Quit Smoking While You’re Pregnant

Get tips on how to Quit Smoking While You’re PregnantIf you’ve just gotten a positive pregnancy test and are a smoker, you might be worried about the effects of smoking on your unborn child. You probably want to quit smoking while you’re pregnant, but how?

We all want to do what’s best for our children, but trying to stop smoking cold turkey while you are pregnant can be very traumatic for your baby. Quitting can be very hard, and to suddenly quit one day will cause you some extreme stress.

There are so many reasons to stop smoking while you are pregnant. If you smoke while you are pregnant, your baby has an increased chance of having low birth weight, developing asthma, leukemia, as well as being intellectually delayed. Smoking while pregnant also adds to your risk of premature labor, and it is thought to put babies at an increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

With smoking putting your baby at risk, you want to stop, but this is much easier said than done. For one thing, you will not be able to use some of the aids available for those who want to stop smoking, such as the nicotine patch, or gum. The task you will have ahead of you will not be easy, so the best thing that you can do is not stress yourself; as this is also dangerous for the baby. Talk to your doctor and tell them you want to quit smoking while you’re pregnant. Ask if there are any stop smoking aids that you can safely use during pregnancy. They’ll likely have a plan which will help you stop smoking without putting your child under too much stress.

Once your doctor approves a plan, let your family and friends know what you are trying to do. Tell them how important this is to you and that you will need all their help to do it. The more moral support you have, the better your chances are of succeeding. Your friends and family must understand that bugging you about it is not what you need.

It will be important for the people around you to support you in your decision and to encourage you instead of judge you. The more someone pushes you toward quitting by disapproval, the worse you will feel about yourself.

If you slip, don’t give up, just keep trying. Don’t think badly of yourself, or let others make you feel bad. The important thing is that you succeed and understand that it will not be easy. It may not happen right away, but if you keep trying, you’ll be able to quit!

A Fun Money-Saving Tip for Your Adoption Budget

save money for your adoption budget with this fun tip!Are you preparing to have professional photos taken for your adoption profile? Or maybe you’ve set an in-person meeting with your home study provider and want to look presentable. Looking good and saving money on a manicure is possible with this simple tip. It’ll help you feel confident, while at the same time save money for your adoption budget.

Lots of women find that at-home manicures are tricky. Do you end up with polish on your skin when you’re done? Make your DIY manicure easier and less messy by applying Elmer’s glue. It’ll catch the extra polish and remove it from your skin once your polish dries. When you’re done, your skin will remain polish-free and your nails will look flawless!

Here are the supplies you’ll need: an old makeup brush, Elmer’s glue, a cuticle stick, and nail polish. Select a makeup brush you don’t mind ruining, or get one at the dollar store. This tip is really useful when you’re applying nail polish with your non-dominant hand since painting is usually trickier on that side.

Here are the 4 simple steps to your flawless DIY manicure:

1. Get out that old makeup brush and use it to spread glue on your finger, onto your skin around each nail. Make sure to apply just a thin layer. Otherwise, it’ll take forever to dry.

2. Polish your nails with the color you’ve selected.

3. After your polish has dried, use your cuticle stick to begin peeling off the glue. As you peel the glue off, you’ll be removing the extra polish layer on top of it, too. Once you begin peeling with the cuticle stick, you can just pull the rest off using your fingers.

4. Use your cuticle stick to skim away any of the remaining dried glue from your skin.

Why Choose Adoption?

what to consider if you're asking yourself 'why choose adoption?'No one but you can decide whether adoption is the best choice for you and your child. The adoption decision is completely yours to make. So, you’ll need to make sure you’ve thought about all your pregnancy options and their outcomes. When you’re asking yourself ‘why choose adoption?’ think about your baby’s future as well as yours.
 
Deciding to make an adoption plan is obviously not an easy choice. But in some circumstances, it’s what a woman comes to realize is the best option.
 
Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida is here to give you info and resources on open adoption so that you’re fully educated on all your pregnancy choices. That way, you’re able to make an informed decision.
 
Here are some things you might want to keep in mind if you’re thinking about adoption:

  • What kind of home environment do I want my child to grow up with?
  • What are my future plans and goals?
  • What do I desire for my child’s future?
  • How will I handle child care once I go back to work?
  • Is financial stability something that’s important to me?

 
Every woman’s situation is different and unique, so we’re not here to make a list of “reasons why you should choose adoption.” There are so many factors in play during this difficult choice, along with so many emotions.
 

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