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How to Find Out If You’re Both Ready to Adopt

Communicate openly with your spouse to find if you're both ready to adoptYour decision to adopt a baby probably didn’t happen overnight. Most couples take weeks, months, or years to move from fertility treatments to adoption. It’s important that you make sure you’re ready to adopt before you start the adoption process.

Today, Lifetime shares three basic requirements you should meet before signing on with an adoption professional:

1. You’ve Moved on from Infertility

So that your adoption can be successful, the decision must be fully embraced by both of you.

People handle stressful situations and grieve differently. So, it’s common for one spouse to be ready to adopt and the other to be uncertain.

Allow your spouse fully grieve failed fertility treatments, and the dream of having a child biologically, so that they can move through the grief and loss process at their own pace. If one of you isn’t fully ready to move to adoption, it might lead to complications during the adoption process down the road. Neither of you should feel pressured into adopting just because the other one is ready.

We encourage you to see an infertility counselor or a marriage and family counselor if you’re struggling to move on from infertility.

2. You Have Similar Adoption Plans

Just as each of you should be ready to adopt, you should also be on the same page as to how you’re going to adopt. Consider if you want to:

  • Adopt a newborn or an older child.
  • Adopt domestically, internationally or through foster care.
  • Adopt a baby of a specific gender.
  • Adopt a baby of a particular ethnicity
  • Be in contact with the birth parents, and if so, how much.

Speaking with an Adoption Coordinator at Lifetime will help both of you gain a better understanding of all the elements in adoption. Listening to webinars will help you gain more information about all aspects of adoption. Visit AdoptionWebinar.com to get started. Seek input from adoptive families for their experience with the type of adoption you’re interested in.

3. You’re Financially Ready for Adoption

There will be various adoption costs you need to prepare for. Examples include medical, legal and travel expenses.

Begin by carefully researching all of your options. Balance those costs with your budget to decide if you’re financially ready to pursue adoption. If finances are a concern, look into adoption fundraising, grants, and loans.

When you’re deciding whether or not you are ready to adopt, it’s essential to communicate openly with your spouse. Talk about all aspects of adoption, financial security, adoption goals, and your feelings surrounding infertility.

If you’re both ready to adopt or if you have questions about moving on from infertility, call Lifetime Adoption Agency at
1-800-923-6784.

How to Choose the Best Adoption Agency for You

We'd love to provide you a home study in Florida!Once you’ve decided to grow your family through domestic infant adoption, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is selecting a professional to help you through the process. Most hopeful adoptive parents realize that they’ll need the support of an adoption agency through the process. But they wonder how to find the best adoption agency. Discover how to choose the best adoption agency for you and your family!

1. Research

Begin by doing your research and asking questions of the adoption agencies you’re exploring. It’s important that you feel comfortable with the adoption professional you’re relying on. Adopting a baby can seem overwhelming, but a good adoption professional will become a trusted partner and will help lead you through the entire journey.

Many agencies offer informational webinars once a month or so. Lifetime Adoption provides adoption webinars at no cost to you. Attend a webinar, and don’t be shy about asking questions. Visit AdoptionWebinar.com to learn more.

2. Network

Besides doing research, networking will help you make sure the agency you choose will respond to your needs as you begin your adoption journey. It helps to speak with couples who have recently adopted from the agency you’re thinking about, and have them share their experiences. Lifetime Adoption Agency will provide you with a list of references that you may contact for this purpose. These adoptive parents will be able to tell you what they thought about the adoption agency. Previous clients can give you the low-down about an agency’s staff, quirks, and practices.

3. Investigate

Verify the adoption agency’s reputation and certification. Scrutinize agencies: they should be licensed, and have professional licensed social workers on staff, who have completed higher education in social work and have experience in adoption. Determine how long the agency has been in business, and how many adoptions it has completed in recent years.

Check for the adoption agency’s Better Business Bureau rating to check whether any complaints have been filed against the agency. You can also call the attorney general’s office in the state where the agency is licensed.

Red Flags

Be cautious of an adoption agency that doesn’t require a home study fee, or who promise you a child before they ask for a family assessment. Also, be leery of agencies that tell you birth parents can relinquish their parental rights before the baby is born.

Regulations and Licensing

Adoption agencies, including Lifetime, are licensed and regulated by their state’s Health and Human Services Departments. They’re staffed by social workers who perform home study services and conduct post-placement visits. Lifetime Adoption, Inc. is a Licensed Florida Child Placing Agency.

Taking the time and effort to choose the best adoption agency for you will save you lots of unnecessary stress. Hiring the right agency will help your adoption journey go smoothly and successfully!

Christmas Blessings from Lifetime

When they saw the star, they were filled with joy.
-Matthew 2:10

Christmas Blessings from Lifetime!Merry Christmas, from all of us at Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida! We feel very blessed to be able to assist you as you move through your journey to adoption.

We hope that 2018 unveils the next step to actualizing your heart’s greatest desire, parenthood. Lifetime is praying for you during your adoption wait. We understand that the holidays can be difficult during this time of waiting.

Earlier this month, we provided tips here on our blog about how you can get through the holidays while you’re waiting. We encourage you to read this piece if you haven’t already: “Waiting to Adopt? Get Our Holiday Survival Tips.”

Lifetime knows that each of our adoptive parents experiences the holiday season differently. We extend our hearts to you and wish you a memorable time celebrating Christmas.

Remember this Christmas that God finishes what He begins; He is committed in guiding us to something GOOD. Focus on what He’s already done in your lives as you follow His lead throughout your adoption journey. Give thanks to God for what He’s doing as you wait.

While Lifetime will be closed on Christmas Day, Monday, December 25, our team will continue to answer our 24-hour Birth Mother Answer Line. Lifetime is always available to birth mothers, as well as matched families with critical updates at 1-800-923-6784.

From all of us at Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida, we wish you Christmas blessings of peace and joy! May the Lord give you prosperity and perspective in the New Year, as you move closer to learning how He’ll answer your prayers of adoption.

Adoptive Couple Zach and Kearsten Visit Us With Their Baby!

Proud adoptive parents Kearsten and Zach with their adoption blessing!Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida is excited to congratulate adoptive parents Zach and Kearsten from Virginia! They were blessed to adopt a baby boy, Maverick.
 
We were lucky enough to meet this newly-formed adoptive family in person! They visited our office with two-day-old Maverick and chatted with Lifetime’s adoption professionals, including Linda, Chrissy, Tiffany, and Natalie. Lifetime’s staff were also visited by another adoptive mom, Amanda, and her seven-week-old daughter, Mariella at the same time!
 
Zac and Kearsten experienced a fall-through before being chosen by Maverick’s birth mother, so this was a major blessing for them!
 
Maverick was born a week early and right after Hurricane Irma, so there were no flights. Zach and Kearsten drove for 12 hours through the night to get to the hospital as fast as they could. They were very nervous because of their previous experience. Zach and Kearsten’s time with the birth mom at the hospital turned out very well and they couldn’t be happier. Kearsten said, even with the fall-through, they would do it all again the same way because it made them stronger and more appreciative and Maverick was well worth it!
 
They make a beautiful family! Here’s a sweet video of Zach and Kearsten sharing some of their adoption story with Lifetime’s staff:
 

Two Families Visited Lifetime Adoption’s Florida Office! from Lifetime Adoption on Vimeo.

 

Discover how Lifetime Adoption Agency can help you begin your family!
 
Consider taking the first step towards infant adoption today! Just fill out our online application. The application is free of charge and can be completed quickly and simply.

We’re So Grateful to Lifetime for Helping Us Become a Family!

new adoptive parents Jesse and AliciaLifetime Adoption Agency Florida is excited to congratulate adoptive parents Jesse and Alicia from Colorado! They were blessed to adopt a baby girl, Brynlee, just a few weeks ago!

The excited adoptive couple emailed us:

“This all feels like a dream! We are so in love with baby Brynlee. We can’t take our eyes off of her! She is perfect in every way, God truly had His hand in every part of our adoption journey. We’re grateful for all the time we were able to spend with Brynlee’s birth mom at the hospital. We will cherish those moments and share them with Brynlee as she grows up.

We’re so thankful to have found Lifetime. You all have been there every step of the way. I remember when we had our first call with Jen. We were nervous and unsure of what to expect, but she was so sweet and answered every question (I had a huge list) and by the end of the call Jesse and I knew instantly knew that Lifetime would help us become a family of three. Struggling with infertility for so long leaves you vulnerable and it is difficult to imagine that you may never become a parent. God led us to Lifetime because He knew this perfect little girl would be waiting for us and that everyone at Lifetime would be here every step of the way! Every phone call, every webinar, and every prayer helped us become stronger and prepared us for parenthood.

precious baby girl BrynleeNatalie,
Thank you so much for always being so responsive to my emails and phone calls and for always being available to talk. Anytime I was feeling anxious you were there for me. We talked, we laughed, and you reassured me that everything was looking good for us and that God has a plan and His timing is perfect. I’m so thankful for the sharing of our page and the prayers you have said for our family. I will forever be thankful for you and the kindness you have shown us.

Tiffany,
I appreciate you not only being here for us, but for being here for Vanessa as well. You were there to support her when she didn’t have much support from anyone. You made her feel comfortable and you took the time to teach her about open adoption. You made yourself available to us and answered our questions, even when we called you at 7am because we were too excited to sleep!

As I am sitting here, holding our daughter in my arms and typing through my happy tears, I just couldn’t wait to share our thanks and gratitude to everyone at Lifetime. Thank you all so much! We can’t wait to share pictures and updates with you as she grows!”

Are you dreaming of infant adoption? Let Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida help you! Call us today at 1-800-923-6784.

Renewed Hope After a Failed International Adoption

Lifetime adoptive couple Jason and Rebecca have been blessed by domestic adoption!

Lifetime adoptive couple Jason and Rebecca have been blessed by domestic adoption!

Many countries have begun barring adoptions from happening. This has left many with a failed international adoption, as they are unable to move forward with their adoption plans. Not only that, but they are also unable to regain their adoption funds so that they can adopt elsewhere. Some adoptive couples were already working on the adoption of a specific child, and just waiting for the approval to travel home. This left many disappointed and devastated.

International adoption has always been a risk. It takes a strong heart and courage to forge ahead into unknown paths, with nothing but faith and a plan to bring their child home.

But there are other adoption options to think about, which you might never have considered. At Lifetime, we talk to thousands of women living in the US in unplanned pregnancies who are hoping that someone will be willing to adopt their baby.

Some adoptive couples are hesitant about domestic adoption because they’re frightened an open adoption plan means co-parenting. Also, they seem scared that the birth mother will come by to reclaim her baby. The reality is, most birth mothers in the U.S. seek families willing to at least share letters and photos after the adoption. Some are looking to have an in-person visit with the family, once a year for just a few hours at a location like a park. Due to fear, adoptive families miss out on these great adoption situations. It is possible for the birth mother to love her child, and yet wish to make an adoption plan. If an adoptive family is open to contact with a birth mother afterward, their wait time will be much shorter!

You may be wondering “why do we need to stay in contact if she doesn’t even want the child?” Most birth mothers want contact simply because they need that peace of mind, to know they made the right choice. In an open adoption, the adoptee never has to search for answers about their origins. And, with open domestic adoption, you’ll have your baby’s medical history and information.

Many times in an open domestic adoption, the family and the birth mother have been talking long before the baby is born, and they’ve developed a bond. They meet in the hospital for the birth of the child. They’re both excited about this new little life and want to make sure the baby is well-raised.

After the birth mother places her baby directly into the waiting arms of the family, most parents are completely in awe of the blessing the birth mother has given them. They’re amazed at the birth mother’s strength to willingly trust them with their new child. They’re overjoyed that they now have their baby in their arms!

There are lots of benefits to a domestic adoption over an international adoption. First off, there’s far less travel and expense involved. And, most domestic adoptions happen much quicker than international adoptions. The process in domestic adoption is streamlined because you’re working only with American laws and entities. In domestic adoption, most infants are born quite healthy with few medical complications. Finally, in domestic adoption, adoptive families have access to the medical records of the birth mother and the baby.

There are far fewer unknowns and uncertainty in domestic adoption. If you’ve been barred from an international adoption, or who have been told the wait will be many years, your hope can be renewed by exploring a domestic adoption.

If you have your specific questions about domestic adoption and would like to see if it’s right for you, please call Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida at 1-800-923-6784 or send us a message.

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!

Reviews of Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida

reviews of Lifetime Adoption are written by adoptive moms like DonnaIf you’ve begun researching adoption as a possibility for building or starting your family, you’ve probably been searching for reviews of adoption agencies online. Being able to see what an agency’s past clients have had to say helps you decide which agency to work with. Reviews of Lifetime Adoption can be found at places like the Better Business Bureau, Facebook, Google, and Yelp.

Lifetime Adoption in Florida’s Yelp page has a four-star rating! A recent reviewer on our Yelp page, adoptive mother Donna, shares:

“Lifetime adoption has been there for us from the very beginning! They are true to their word.

They were encouraging and always listened. It was stressful during our wait but the staff showed great support to us.

When we finally got the call that our son was born, they were more than thrilled for us. We are home now, adjusting to our new life and the staff continues to check in on us. They even provided counseling to our birth mother free of charge.

If we should choose to adopt again, we will only use lifetime adoption. If you are considering placing your child for adoption or are considering adoption, I highly recommend Lifetime adoption!!!”
 
 

Are you interested in discovering how Lifetime Adoption Agency can help you begin your family?
 
Please take the first step today by filling out our online application. The application is free of charge and is quick to fill out.

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: