What is a Birth Mother Like?
Lifetime Adoption Blog
by Heather Featherston
2d ago
Many hopeful adoptive parents wonder what typical birth mothers are like. They worry about speaking with a birth mother on the phone because they don’t know what to expect.   How old are most birth mothers? Why are they choosing adoption? Are they married or single? What’s their background? Is there such a thing as a “typical birth mother?” Here, I’ll share the answers to these commonly-asked questions and more!   Get Info Now   What is a Birth Mother? Let’s begin with a simple definition. What is a birth mother? A “birth mother” is a biological mother. So, technically, it’s any ..read more
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Your Baby’s Adoption Day: What to Expect
Lifetime Adoption Blog
by Heather Featherston
1w ago
The concept of family is something that is treasured and special. Families come in all forms: biological, adoptive, or a combination of both. There is nothing in the world to describe the moment that arrives on the adoption finalization day. This day, for adoptive families, can feature so many moments of gratitude as they take a big step toward welcoming the baby to their family. Placing a child with an adoptive family through open adoption means the adoptive family has been chosen by the baby’s birth mother or birth parents. This ability to choose helps birth moms and extended birth families ..read more
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How to Answer the Question “Do You Have Kids?”
Lifetime Adoption Blog
by Heather Featherston
2w ago
When you meet someone new, they may ask: “Do you have any kids?” This question often comes as part of everyday small talk when you share a few moments with a perfect stranger.   If you find it difficult to talk about the child you placed for adoption with people they don’t know, you’re not alone. Many birth mothers have shared that they feel this way too. The question can be a trigger and sting like lemon juice in a fresh wound.   Choosing adoption for your child was a very personal and emotional experience. So, no one but you can decide who will be a part of that!   Get Info No ..read more
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Can I Choose Adoption for My Baby if I Have a Case Plan?
Lifetime Adoption Blog
by Heather Featherston
2w ago
Recently, we were asked, “Can I choose adoption for my baby if I have an active case plan?” There is a lot of confusion around case plans and adoption. If you want to make an adoption plan and have had children removed from your home or are working on getting your children back, the state doesn’t have to be involved. You can do an independent adoption using the help of an adoption agency like Lifetime. If you are wondering how to place your baby for adoption, it is likely because you know you won’t be able to provide everything they need. Out of love, you are actively looking for a way to do j ..read more
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5 Fun Facts About Illinois Adoptive Family Nick and Sarah
Lifetime Adoption Blog
by Heidi Keefer
2w ago
I recently had the opportunity to chat with hopeful adoptive parents Nick and Sarah from Illinois. Expectant mothers have the opportunity to speak with waiting families before they make their decision, but sometimes it’s nice to just get a little more info to understand who they are.   I asked them some fun questions that you won’t find in their adoption profile, and I learned that they are an active, outdoor-loving couple and are excited to start their family through adoption!   As Nick and Sarah put it, “It’s always been our dream to be parents together, and we truly believe that a ..read more
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What if She Wants a Closed Adoption?
Lifetime Adoption Blog
by Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.
3w ago
Open adoption is becoming more understood and desired among birth parents and adoptive families, and for a good reason. Studies have shown open adoption benefits all involved, including adoptive parents, birth parents, and, most importantly, adoptees. In addition, the growing popularity of open adoption is positive because it moves away from adoption stereotypes connected to shame and secrecy.   However, from time to time, we still are asked by expectant mothers, “Can I have a closed adoption?” We realize that just because open adoption is positive in a big-picture way, it doesn’t mean it ..read more
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5 Pregnancy-Safe Workouts You’ll Love
Lifetime Adoption Blog
by Heidi Keefer
1M ago
How you felt when you saw those two lines appear on the pregnancy test is likely something you’ll never forget. And now that you’re pregnant, you might wonder what you should change in your life and what can stay the same. Staying active through regular exercise is at the top of the list of things to keep doing for the next nine months.   Whether you’re looking to start a new workout routine or continue your current one, we’ve got you covered. From cardio and swimming to stretching and core exercises, here’s everything you need to know about finding pregnancy-safe workouts.   Get Inf ..read more
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The Top Questions Asked by Hopeful Parents
Lifetime Adoption Blog
by Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.
1M ago
When you’re hoping to adopt a baby, there are many things to learn. A great way to prepare for your own adoption journey is to get answers to questions that other hopeful parents ask. Here, you’ll find answers to two questions people ask when they are thinking about hiring Lifetime to help them adopt. You’ll learn a lot about what to expect and get to know Lifetime better too.   There is a lot to learn and many adoption questions to be answered when you decide you want to adopt. Even before you can think of yourself as “hoping to adopt,” there are terms, steps, and questions that every fu ..read more
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How Adoption Grew This Family from Two to Four
Lifetime Adoption Blog
by Heidi Keefer
1M ago
One year ago, Amanda and her husband, Chris, adopted their children (boy/girl twins!) with the help of Lifetime Adoption. Last year, I featured Chris and Amanda on our Birth Parents blog, so I’m delighted to be able to share the story of how adoption has graced their lives here!   This story originally appeared on Worth the Wait, an online collection of stories of people whose greatest dreams, hopes, and aspirations didn’t necessarily happen when they expected them to or how they expected them to – but when they arrived, it was worth the wait.   We hope Amanda’s beautiful and well-pu ..read more
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5 Fun Facts About Wisconsin Adoptive Family Cody and Harlie
Lifetime Adoption Blog
by Heidi Keefer
1M ago
I recently had the opportunity to chat with hopeful adoptive parents Cody and Harlie from Wisconsin. Expectant mothers have the opportunity to speak with waiting families before they make their decision, but sometimes it’s nice to just get a little more info to understand who they are.   I asked them some fun questions that you won’t find in their adoption profile, and I learned that they are an active, young Christian couple and are excited to start their family through adoption! As Cody and Harlie put it, “We both have secure, flexible careers that allow for ample time off and have made ..read more
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