Lifetime Adoption is nationwide domestic adoption center, providing open adoption services for those who are thinking of placing their baby or child for adoption, and for those who have turned to adoption as the result of infertility.
If you're wondering how you'll possibly afford the costs associated with a domestic infant adoption, you're not alone. A lack of funds is the #1 reason otherwise qualified families state for not moving forward with adoption.
Adoptions can be expensive and include fees for the home study, agency, legal representation, facilitation fees and travel, among other items.
"We faced a financial issue 30 years ago when we were hoping to adopt. What we found is that when there's a will, there's a way," shares Mardie Caldwell, adoptive mother and Lifetime's Founder.
Today, Lifetime is giving you 6 tips that will help you make the adoption of your dreams much more affordable!
We're honored to be sharing Clayton and Sarah's beautiful adoption story today as a part of our blog series "Then and Now." Adoptive mom Sarah says, "We were constantly encouraged by reading and listening to other couple's adoption stories as we were in the wait. We hope that our story can do the same for currently waiting couples."
Keep reading to hear Clayton and Sarah's cherished adoption journey to their baby girl, Aubrey!
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Today, Lifetime is sharing some exciting Amazon news. If you've never heard of their AmazonSmile program before, it's a great way to support the Lifetime Adoption Foundation every time you shop. Once you complete their simple set-up process, your donation happens automatically. Plus, it doesn't cost you anything to set up!
What a great reason to do some online shopping! Read on to get all the details.
"I heard that we can claim the Adoption Tax Credit even if we haven't adopted yet. Is that true? We paid the expenses in 2016 and are pursuing domestic adoption. How do we claim adoption expenses when we're still waiting to be chosen by a birth mother? We don't have a SSN or ATIN for a child."
Question: "We just found out that since there was an adoption plan in place, the hospital could not apply for a social security number for our baby. We're getting ready to file our taxes, and we need our daughter's social security number to take advantage of the adoption tax credit. What are we supposed to do?!"
When you're thinking about adopting a child, the entire process can seem overwhelming at first. There are so many questions to ask, and important decisions to make. The best thing to do is to keep on asking your questions, and check them off as you go. Lifetime's adoption Q&A webinars are some of the best ways to learn a variety of answers that will help you along your path through adoption.
No matter why you're pursuing domestic infant adoption, there will be important decisions to make as you plan your family’s future. Lifetime recently hosted a Q&A adoption webinar all about making important decisions in adoption. Keep reading to hear this webinar, and get our adoption experts' insight and experience on a variety of decisions you'll be making!
Here's a frequently-asked question about birth mother expenses: "If a birth mother decides to not place her baby with us, can we get back the money we paid for her living expenses during the pregnancy?"
Most adoptive couples are open to helping out with living expenses, and many birth mothers greatly need this help.
Keep reading to learn more about birth mother expenses!
Most birth parents today seek some form of open adoption, and many adoptive parents do too. Once you've adopted and are joyfully living out your open adoption story, you may get questioned by those who are unfamiliar with the concept.
Today, Lifetime is sharing 7 of the most frequently-asked questions adoptive parents might hear about their relationship with their child’s birth parents. Plus, we're providing the answers to these open adoption questions, too!
There's a lot to do when you're preparing to adopt. But what about preparing for family life after the adoption?
We recommend that you begin to get ready now for how you’ll talk about your family’s adoption story with your future child as they grow up.
Many hopeful adoptive parents ask, "How can I help my child understand their adoption story? How do I talk about adoption with my child?" Lifetime recently held a webinar that answers these questions and more! Read on to learn helpful tips for talking with your kids about their adoption stories.
Part of the domestic adoption process is deciding on your preferences, or search criteria. The best way to decide your adoption preferences is to learn as much as you can. This allows you to become confident that your preferences will lead to an adoption opportunity you can eagerly and comfortable accept.
Have you been considering the adoption of a child whose race is different than your own? Or maybe you’ve wondered how you'll talk about adoption with your future child. In any case, our Q&A webinar on transracial adoption will be a helpful resource. In this webinar, a panel of adoptive mothers gave tips and shared their experience with interracial adoption.
Keep on reading to listen to this valuable webinar on transracial adoption!
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