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waiting-dadWe often see fathers (and men who long to be dads) as the unemotional, strong members of the family who represent a different perspective than their counterparts. But it’s important to celebrate these men as fathers and to encourage those who are becoming fathers through adoption. 

If we take the time to see adoption from a hopeful adoptive dad’s point of view, we can understand that they’ll need just as much support on their journey as a hopeful mom.

During the initial stages of the adoption, dads may have different questions and concerns along the adoption process, from how they will afford to adopt to how they can support their wife.

One of the best things that hopeful adoptive dads can do is to learn from others who have gone before them on the same path. An effective (and free!) way to do that is by watching Lifetime’s webinars featuring adoption stories from the men’s point of view. Hopeful adoptive moms-to-be will benefit from these webinars, too, because they can help you better understand what your husband may be thinking throughout the adoption experience. 

Adoption Webinars Featuring Adoptive Dads

 

sean and ryan_panel of dads webinar iconPanel of Adoptive Dads Answer Questions
There’s no doubt that adoptive dads play an important role during the adoption process. They often bring a unique perspective and experience during the adoption journey. In this exclusive Lifetime webinar, two adoptive dads candidly provide heartfelt testimonies about their family’s path through adoption. Sean and Ryan answered questions from our webinar audience and spoke about their own families’ adoption stories. You’ll learn more about getting through the process to adopt, adoptive parenting, and what open adoption looks like for the guys.

Adoptive father Jake shares his storyJake’s Adoption Story: An Adoptive Dad’s View of Open Adoption
Listen as adoptive father Jake shares his side of the story through two open adoptions. We think that you’ll enjoy his fresh perspective on adoption! Jake became a father through adoption and went on to grow relationships with each of his children’s birth families. 

In this webinar, Jake candidly shares about the births of his children as well as how open adoption works years later. Jake’s heart for family, parenthood, faith, and open adoption will inspire you. He has a special message for hopeful fathers too!

tim elder fathers day webinar iconTim’s Adoption Story
In this webinar, adoptive father Tim shares about his family’s adoption story. He provides a different look at adoption, through an adoptive father’s eyes. Along with his wife, Tisha, Tim adopted through Lifetime twice.

With two unique adoption stories, Tim provides tips and insights about traveling for adoption and how open adoption works. Tim even talks about what he wished he would have done differently, looking back now.

brent and latonia webinar icon 6_2014Brent & Latonia’s Adoption Story
Adoptive couple Brent and Latonia talk about living an open adoption and share their unique viewpoint as a transracial family. Discover insights and tips about the hopeful adoptive dad’s role through the adoption process.

In this webinar, you’ll get tips for talking about adoption with children, strengthening marriage through parenthood, answering other people’s curious questions about adoption, and learn how to set healthy expectations for contact after adoption.

jeff and christa icon-1Perseverance of Faith and a Preemie Story: Jeff & Christa’s Adoption
Anyone called to follow the path towards adoption should have faith, and flexibility, and perseverance. About the wait, adoptive dad Jeff says, “It’s all worth it…keep going.”

In this webinar, brand-new adoptive parents Jeff and Christa speak from the heart about their experiences during the adoption of their son and becoming first-time parents through open adoption.

You’ll hear tips and encouragement, as well as gain perspective about open adoption. Jeff and Christa talk about controlling what you can and then letting go of the rest, and how to have peace while you wait for the baby you’re meant to adopt. 

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By knowing ahead of time that adoptive dads will ask different questions, carry other burdens, and have a different viewpoint helps all adoptive parents better appreciate the big picture. If we’re willing to learn from one another, differences can unite us.

This Father’s Day, we invite you to recognize the differences that make every dad’s perspective on the adoption journey unique. Support a hopeful adoptive father as you celebrate and encourage him along the journey.

 

 

Heidi Keefer
Written by Heidi Keefer

Heidi Keefer is a Content Creator for Lifetime Adoption and has 15 years of experience in the field of adoption. An author of thousands of blog posts over the years, Heidi enjoys finding new ways to educate and captivate Lifetime’s ever-growing list of subscribers.

Heidi has a keen eye for misplaced apostrophes, comma splices, and well-turned sentences, which she has put to good use as a contributor to Lifetime’s award-winning blogs. She has written and published hundreds of adoption articles which explore the various facets of domestic infant adoption today.

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