About Lifetime

African American adoptive couple stand outside holding their newly adopted baby and smile at the camera
Lifetime Adoption is one of the top American Christian adoption agencies. It was founded in 1986 as an Adoption Support and Referral Group by Founder Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P., after her struggle with seven pregnancy losses and her own adoptions and working with women in crisis. The mission was and still is to help adoptive families and birth parents come together.

Completing approximately twelve to fifteen adoptions monthly, Lifetime’s specialty is assisting and supporting birth parents in their search to find qualified loving adoptive families. With the assistance of the Internet, Lifetime is able to provide adoption services and bring together prospective adoptive families and birth parents from all over the U.S. and military families overseas!

The founder and CEO, Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P., is a certified open adoption practitioner and is bonded and fully insured as an adoption facilitator in the state of California under the provisions of the Registry of California Adoption Facilitators.  As an award-winning author and recognized expert in the field of adoption, she is often called upon for her experience and knowledge by the media and other adoption organizations.

Lifetime Adoption staff member sits holding new adopted baby and smiling at the camera
In order to help more women and families nationwide, Mardie opened Lifetime Adoption in Florida, a licensed child-placing adoption agency. Through this, she was able to grow the opportunities for help and assistance.

Our adoption staff is available for emergencies 24-hours a day. Over the years, we have become known for our caring and genuine concern for the expectant mothers’ well-being, before and after adoption. All clients are carefully screened for their suitability in our adoption programs.

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Caring for Birth Parents

Lifetime provides birth parents with compassionate personalized attention and support regardless of the decision to adopt or parent. Birth parents receive quality help and outside compassionate non-judgmental counseling with goal setting and confidential decision-making. Medical, legal, public aid and housing referrals are available. Food closet and maternity clothing store is available to women as well through BirthMotherBlessing. Educational programs and scholarships for online and offline programs available by applying at LifetimeFoundation

Birth parents, through Lifetime’s Open Adoption Program, have the opportunity to choose the baby’s adoptive parents and meet the adoptive family. Lifetime encourages birth mothers to take a friend, mother, or the birth father along with them when meeting a prospective family. With the option to have ongoing future contact, birth parents can be assured of their children’s well-being as well as remaining a part of their child’s life! Children have the opportunity to know their genealogy, medical history and biological family. All of Lifetime’s services to birth parents are free.

For more birth parent information on Lifetime, please visit our Birth Parent Section. 

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Guidance for Adoptive Families

Lifetime maintains contracts with families who have a broad range of religions, races, ages and preferences for infants, older children and sibling groups. Lifetime provides adoptive families with a wealth of information pertaining to the adoption process, alleviating concern and guesswork. In addition to printed materials and online support, Lifetime provides a membership website and monthly webinars exclusively for Lifetime families.

On behalf of adoptive families, Lifetime handles the initial screening of all expectant parents via phone, text, or email through a questionnaire. Only qualified birth parents and adoptive families with matching profiles are linked for further conversations, avoiding false expectations and disappointment.

In addition to assisting with adoptive family and birth parent matches, Lifetime arranges for the transfer of proof of pregnancy, medical releases and records, and written confirmation of future contact between the adoptive family and birth parents. Lifetime makes available to adoptive family’s referrals to attorneys and other adoption professionals nationwide, in order to help them complete their adoption. To culminate the adoption, Lifetime prepares a plan for the baby to leave the hospital with the adoptive family.

Adoptive families can learn more from the Adoptive Families area of our website.

Post-Adoption Support

As an open adoption agency, Lifetime continues with follow-up care after birth and post-placement with both the adoptive family and birth parents. This assistance is truly for a lifetime, should either party need it.

Lifetime can help provide counseling, support, and more for birth parents. For adopting parents, we have a plethora of resources for adoptive parenting. For both, we remain available should challenges arise in navigating the open adoption relationship.

As you’re considering adoption, this video can help you understand how open adoption works. The video shares the reality of open adoption from both the birth parent and adoptive family perspectives:

We look forward to helping you in your journey for a Lifetime adoption!

Lifetime’s Founder & CEO

photo of Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P. in red top Founder and CEO, Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P., is a Certified Open Adoption Practitioner and is bonded and fully insured as an adoption facilitator. As an award-winning author and recognized expert in the field of adoption, she is often called upon for her experience and knowledge by the media and other adoption organizations.

Lifetime has a national outreach program to educate the public and professionals about the benefits of adoption, and we are often called by the media for our expert opinion on adoption-related issues.

Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P., smiles as she holds hands with a little girl both dressed in red

Mardie loves babies!

When traveling to see us, it is best to call ahead to let us know when you will be in our area. Appointments are recommended, but drop-in visits are welcomed. If you are traveling by plane, please find information regarding airports here.

For prospective adoptive families, we offer free informational webinars to find out more about how Lifetime can help you adopt successfully.

For more information or to arrange for a private consultation for prospective adoptive families, call (727) 493-0933.






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