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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 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!

Steer Clear of These 5 Mistakes, Says an Adoption Expert

Adoption expert Mardie Caldwell warns of 5 mistakes to avoidMardie Caldwell is the Founder of Lifetime Adoption, a nationally-recognized adoption expert, and award-winning author. Today, we are giving you adoption advice direct from the expert!

I’ve been in the adoption field for over 30 years. During that time, I’ve seen and heard of every kind of mistake in adoption. Some mistakes were made due to ignorance and others because of stubbornness or procrastination.

I hope that by sharing some of these mistakes, you’ll be able to avoid them and your adoption journey won’t be filled with guilt or regrets. Here are the 5 most common adoption mistakes I see, along with solutions:

1. Not studying your adoption contract
If you have signed a contract but didn’t read, make sure to read it now. Ask your adoption professional questions as they pop up. It’s not too late!

2. Making decisions from your heart only
If you’ve already made adoption decisions with your heart, you might be dealing with regret. Learn from this experience so that next time, you’ll be able to look at all sides of the situation before you commit.

3. Going against your adoption professional’s recommendations regarding birth mother expenses
If you’ve already paid a woman considering adoption and you just thought it would be OK, learn from this. In some states, paying for birth mother expenses is illegal. You don’t want to put your adoption into jeopardy! If you’re not sure, ask your adoption professional.

4. Dragging your feet on your home study
I’m surprised how many adoptive parents put off doing their home study! If you forget to complete (or update) your home study, you’ll miss opportunities to adopt. Many couples have found that it’s more expensive to rush a home study when they needed it done “yesterday.”

If your home study was completed more than 12 months ago, reach out to your home study provider to see when it expires. Mark this date in your calendar. If your home study is expired, ask them how the update process works and what it will cost. Make sure to get it done within 30 days.

5. Not keeping the promises you made to your child’s birth mother
If you’ve forgotten to stay in touch with your baby’s birth mother, consider where you’d be without her. I know I wouldn’t be a Mom if it weren’t for my children’s birth families. Because of that, I respect our agreements.

Take a few minutes today to email your child’s birth family, or to post an update to a social media account you’ve set up for this purpose. A simple email or card along with a photo lets them know they’re thought of often. It’s a way to say thank you for making your family possible. Keeping in contact doesn’t take away your role as parents. Letting your child know their adoption story shows them respect. You’ll be blessed by honoring your commitment to open adoption.

I hope that by knowing what to avoid, it’ll help you in your adoption journey and beyond. God Bless you in your adoption!

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!

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.

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 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.

Lifetime Baby Aviuya-Update from Adoptive Couple Jason and Yava

Lifetime babyLifetime baby updates are eagerly anticipated here at Lifetime Adoption. We just love getting emails from our successful adoptive couples! Here’s a sweet email we recently received from adoptive couple Jason and Yava, who just adopted a baby girl:

“We are overjoyed that the baby girl that’s been growing in our hearts is now home in our arms. Our daughter, Aviya is truly a blessing and we fell in love with her at first sight! Lifetime has been AMAZING and has made this process smooth as it could be. Tiffany answered our every call and email and helped calm all of our fears. We have ALREADY recommended Lifetime to several of our friends because we trust and appreciate their warmth, genuine concern and professionalism. We pray that other adoptive families and birth moms are guided and supported as we were.”

Are you dreaming about adopting a baby? Take the first step and apply today! Our application is completely free and will allow us to better answer your questions and guide you based on your personal adoption goals:

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Adoption Q&A: A Time of Year for Adoptions?

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Lifetime adoptive couple Cliff and Sheila’s baby girl

Here’s an adoption question that we were recently asked: “Is there a time of year for adoptions? What I mean by that is, when do you notice more adoptions than at other times of the year? We want to start up when we have a better chance of being chosen.”

ANSWER: While sometimes there are notable trends behind the scenes for our coordinators who are assisting women choosing adoption, there is no “peak” time of year for adoptions taking place. Sometimes there may be many women beginning their adoption research, while at other times there may be many women going through labor and delivery or starting up a match with adoptive parents.

The reality is adoptions are happening all the time! If you want to adopt, it’s better to get yourself ready and available to potential birth mothers as soon as it’s right for you. The RIGHT birth mother could be waiting to find you NOW, or she could be around the corner in six months or a year. The point is that you’ll be ready when SHE is ready, and you’ll be chosen for her baby for reasons that may delight or surprise you…reasons that were just the right fit for that woman, for her baby’s future.

If you’re thinking about adoption, apply today and find out if Lifetime would be a good fit to help you along your adoption dream: Application for Adoption.

Lifetime’s Adoption Situations

Learn about a few of our adoption situationsWhen you’re looking into adopting a baby to start or expand your family, it’s normal to wonder about the babies for adoption (also known as adoption situations) that are available.
It helps to read about the different adoption situations and birth mothers seeking adoptive families that an adoption company has. That way, you can determine if the babies for adoption meet what you’re hoping for. Here’s info on just three of the many adoption situations Lifetime Adoption is currently working with:

We’re searching for an adoptive family to adopt Hispanic boy/girl twins due in July. Their birth mother is already a single mother of five children, so she’s unable to care for her twin babies. She’s hoping to place them with a loving married couple.

Lifetime is also looking for adoptive parents for a nine month old Caucasian baby girl. Her birth mother is seeking a Christian adoptive family to make an open adoption plan with for her daughter.

Lastly, we’re currently assisting a birth mother who is expecting a baby girl in July. The baby will be Caucasian/Brazilian. The birth mother and father are interested in making an adoption plan for their baby girl. They would prefer a married Christian couple with no biological children.

The first step to introduce you to birth parents like these ones is to fill out Lifetime’s FREE online application to adopt. If you would like to find out what steps you can take towards adopting, complete the online application or call (727) 493-0933 for more info.

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:


I Grew in Mommy’s Heart


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.

National Adoption Awareness Month is November!

Across the United States, National Adoption Awareness Month is celebrated in November. As we honor open adoption this month, we wanted to share this great quote about the blessing of open adoption with you:

National Adoption Awareness Month

You can share with friends and family how marvelous open adoption is by sharing the below video with them. It features the adoption stories of birth mothers and adoptive families who have worked with Lifetime:

The video highlights how Lifetime Adoption connects birth mothers and families ready to adopt. Lifetime’s caring professionals help pregnant women consider their options, and provides adoptive couples with a vast array of adoption services.

There are many ways to recognize adoption this month. Others have donated to adoption non-profits, read adoption stories, and asked their library to show adoption books. Learning about positive adoption language and then sharing your knowledge with others is also a good idea. It’ll help end the myth that adoption is second best. By using positive adoption language, you’ll reflect the true nature of adoption, free of stereotypes.

You can find tons of ideas on how to celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month at this website:

Adoption Agency Home Study

If you have just started your adoption journey to adopt a baby or child, you may have heard and read about the adoption “home study.” The home study is a requirement in order to adopt. It includes a report of your family, your daily life, as well as an assessment of where you will raise your child.

As a full-service adoption agency, Lifetime Adoption Agency provides this integral adoption service as you prepare for your domestic adoption. In this video, Lifetime Adoption Agency’s President and Founder Mardie Caldwell describes our agency home study service:

The agency home study is conducted by one of our licensed social workers. They will train and educate you as you prepare for your journey to adoption. The licensed social worker collects information about the prospective parents for the report. Information compiled includes your finances, criminal background checks, work, health, parenting styles, and your ability to care and love for a child that is not of your body, but comes to you through adoption. The social worker will also include in the home study a few visits to your home. These visits mainly are done to make sure that your home meets state licensing standards for safety.

If you have questions or would like to employ our home study services, please call Lifetime Adoption Agency at 1-800-923-6784 or send us a message.