Adoption Conversations: How & When to Tell a Child They’re Adopted
Lifetime Adoption, Inc. Blog
by Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.
2d ago
Many hopeful adoptive parents wonder, “What’s recommended on when to tell a child they are adopted?”  Because words matter, it’s good to pause and recognize that rather than using the word “are,” “were” is a better choice. Adoption was a one-time event that happened in the past when a child joined their adoptive family. Being adopted is not a state of being or the child’s identity, so we say “…were adopted.” Details like adoption language become important as an adoptee begins to examine their identity.   Early and open communication about adoption is essential, but figuring ..read more
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Modern Adoption – What Women Have to Say
Lifetime Adoption, Inc. Blog
by Heather Featherston
4d ago
Modern adoption is different from how adoption was done decades ago. Furthermore, with an open, modern adoption, you’re in the driver’s seat. You have the power to pick your baby’s adoptive parents, how much contact you’d like to have with them in the future. Additionally, you can choose how things go in the hospital. Many people out there say “open adoption” when they’re talking about modern adoption Quotes from Birth Parents About Modern Adoption Today, Lifetime is giving you the inside scoop on what modern adoption is like! We’re sharing what a few women who made a modern adoption plan have ..read more
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Abortion vs. Adoption? Know the Facts Before You Decide
Lifetime Adoption, Inc. Blog
by Heather Featherston
4d ago
Adoption vs. abortion is a hard decision under any circumstances. “Abortion is quick and easy. A clean break. No one will even have to know I was pregnant.” Many believe that abortion is a quick fix for a pregnancy they didn’t plan on. In reality, things are much more complicated. This “quick fix” can be followed by lifelong regret and grief. Desperate for a “quick fix,” women sometimes rush into an abortion decision before they’ve had the chance to explore all of their pregnancy options fully. We encourage you to explore all of your pregnancy options, so you can make a fully informed decisio ..read more
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5 Fun Facts About Maryland Adoptive Family Matt and Jenny
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by Heidi Keefer
1w ago
I recently had the opportunity to chat with Matt and Jenny, hopeful adoptive parents who live in Maryland. When you’re thinking about adoption for your child, you’re able to talk to hopeful adoptive parents before making your decision. By chatting with them and asking them questions, you can get the full picture of the adoptive couple as potential parents to your baby.   I asked Matt and Jenny some fun questions that you won’t find in their adoption profile, and I learned that they are fun, loving Christian couple. They lead an active, healthy lifestyle and enjoy hiking on nearby trails ..read more
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How to Cope on Mother’s Day
Lifetime Adoption, Inc. Blog
by Heather Featherston
2w ago
On Mother’s Day, we honor mothers’ endless love and recognize the sacrifices they make for their children. Adoptive couples can’t celebrate Mother’s Day without also acknowledging their child’s birth mother, who made the greatest sacrifice of all.   By choosing adoption, birth mothers not only gave their children life but also gave them a future full of opportunities through adoption. Through a birth mother’s choice, many adoptive couples have the opportunity to become parents.   That’s why every year, the Saturday before Mother’s Day is celebrated nationally as Birth Mother’s D ..read more
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Understanding the Adoption Legal Process: How Adoption Papers Work
Lifetime Adoption, Inc. Blog
by Heather Featherston
3w ago
When you think about signing adoption papers, you may be thinking about the final paperwork that a birth mother signs to place her child with adoptive parents permanently. However, there are other adoption forms you will complete during your adoption process.   Adoption papers can be difficult to understand and take time to complete, but when you work with Lifetime, you will always have the help and support you need to complete them. As you plan your child’s adoption, some of your adoption paperwork will be legal documentation for your state, while other adoption papers will be held by Li ..read more
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Am I a Bad Person If I Put My Baby Up For Adoption?
Lifetime Adoption, Inc. Blog
by Heather Featherston
3w ago
Decisions and Emotions “Am I a bad person if I put my baby up for adoption?” This question is one that many birth mothers ask themselves over and over again when they look into adoption. This question would keep me up at night when I found myself unexpectedly pregnant. And to be honest, years later, this question can still sneak into my thoughts from time to time. However, as I have seen the beauty out of my child’s adoption and the life his parents have given him, I know I made the best decision for both of us. Birth mothers feel a wide range of emotions as they walk through the steps of cho ..read more
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How Old is Too Old to Adopt
Lifetime Adoption, Inc. Blog
by Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.
1M ago
Midlife is a time when many people reflect on the lives they have built for themselves and plan for the next leg of their journey. Perhaps you have embraced family life, and your children are now grown, or maybe you’ve focused on your career and your relationships. You, your partner, and your friends are established in your careers, and retirement is within sight. Your friends lament about being empty nesters soon, but they are excited to relax, engage in hobbies, and travel as they look ahead. Get Info Now However, this vision for your future does not feel right. You still have energy and lov ..read more
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5 Fun Facts About Wisconsin Adoptive Family Adam and JoLynn
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by Heidi Keefer
1M ago
I recently had the opportunity to chat with Adam and JoLynn, hopeful adoptive parents who live in Wisconsin. When you’re thinking about adoption for your child, you’re able to talk to hopeful adoptive parents before making your decision. By chatting with them and asking them questions, you can get the full picture of the adoptive couple as potential parents to your baby.   I asked Adam and JoLynn some fun questions that you won’t find in their adoption profile, and I learned that they are a outdoor-loving, active couple. They live on a hobby farm in Wisconsin, with goats, cows, and a fenc ..read more
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Pregnant at 15: Empowering Tips and Resources Every Teen Should Know
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by Mardie Caldwell Certified Open Adoption Practitioner
2M ago
Finding out you’re pregnant at 15 can be stressful and scary. You may feel overwhelmed, but try to stay calm. You’re going to be okay, and there are people who can help you.   At 15, you’re probably a sophomore in high school, thinking about what you’ll wear to the next dance and worrying about all the normal teen stuff—getting your first job, working through changing friendships, and learning how to drive.   If you’ve come to this blog, you may be scared about what your future will look like. Having a baby at 15 probably wasn’t something you planned on, and it may feel like your lif ..read more
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