Adoption Articles & Resources for Adoptive Parents

We hope that the adoption articles below will inspire, guide, and bring success as you pursue your adoption journey.

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Step-by-Step Advice on How to Build a Successful Adoption Plan
Whatever adoption you decide to pursue, be sure that you have done your homework. You will find you have fewer surprises when you know what to expect: the risks in some adoptions, time frames, and the cost variance in each adoption.

Interviewing an Adoption Professional
With planning, patience and the determination to follow through on your information, you should feel confident in the adoption professional you finally decide on.

Birth Mother Scams
Over the years, in the hundreds of Internet adoptions Lifetime Adoption has completed through our center, when adoptive parents are formally matched with a birth parent, the success rate has been about 95 percent.  That makes Internet adoption as safe as any other method. In this article, you can learn about four types of birth mother scammers.

What Other Adoptive Families Have Said
We were completely pleased with Lifetime’s services. The staff was so helpful & accommodating – especially since we are stationed overseas with the military.
– Seth & Zoe

Blunt Questions the Professionals Ask
Eight questions that you can ask if you believe that a party unknown to you may really have a baby to adopt.

Don’t Be Paranoid in Your Adoption Journey
Most adoption professionals are ethical, so it’s good to be cautious but not paranoid.

How to Check out an Online Adoption Professional
This article includes nine helpful tips that you can follow to check out the reputation of an online adoption professional.

Birth Mother Red Flags
This article contains some red flags to watch out for when speaking to a birth mother. They don’t always mean fraud, so use your intuition and judgment, but they may help you to know when a scammer is on the line and you should just say, “No thank you.”

The Adoption Process is a True Walk of Faith
You can take comfort with each passing day, understanding that time brings you closer to the realization of your dream to be an adoptive parent.

Funding Your Adoption
Creative resources for adoptive parents to make your adoption more affordable.

What is an Adoption Home Study?
The adoption home study is really a “people study.” It is a combination of a written and oral description of your family and your lifestyle and inspection of where you will raise your child.

Infertility Etiquette
Reprinted with permission by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association.

Open Adoption: Strangers Who Trust In Each Other for the Sake of a Child
Patricia Dischler is the author of Because I Loved You: A Birthmother’s View of Open Adoption.

The adoption of an older child can have its own blessings and its own challenges

Considering the Adoption of an Older Child?
Adopting an older child can have its own blessings and its own challenges because every older child comes with a past. Learn important tips and steps to an older child adoption.

Adoption Loss: How Can I Reduce the Risk of a Reclaim?
A reclaim is unlikely to happen if the birth mother has emotional support from her family, the adoptive parents, and an adoption professional or counselor.

How to Pick the Best Name for Your Baby

Should You Adopt a Child When the Birth Parents Have Bipolar Disorder?
If you are considering adopting a child that has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, or may have a possibility of developing bipolar disorder, it is important that you learn as much as you can about the illness.

Now That You Have Adopted an Older Child, Including Sibling Groups
According to the most extensive national data ever compiled on adopted children and their adoptive families in the United States, the majority of adopted children are in good health and rank high in social and emotional well-being. 85% of adoptive children as reported, by their adoptive parents, are in very good health. And 88% of older adopted children from 6 years old and older show positive social behaviors.

Re-Adoptions or Re-placement of Adopted Children
Sadly, I have seen a number of international re-adoptions, where adoptive parents have found the child they adopted internationally was not what they had in mind and for one reason or another, look at placing the child into another adoptive home. This is sad for everyone involved. The child is now facing another uprooting and detachment. The adoptive parents feel they have failed. The birth family, if involved, feels betrayed.

Remember Where it all Began…
Read a wonderful article written by Mardie Caldwell, COAP, in honor of National Birth Mother’s Day.

Consider the Blessings of an Open Adoption
Adoptive Mother, Laura Savel, shares her experience with open adoption.

Traveling by Air to Visit Your Lifetime Adoption Team
We encourage prospective adoptive and birth families to come and meet our staff personally whenever possible.

Hurry Up and Wait…
Encouragement and ideas for families currently playing
“The Adoption Waiting Game”

Parents who finalized an adoption last year may claim a tax creditTax Law Changes Encourage Adoptions
Parents who finalize an adoption may claim a credit for adoption expenses on their federal income tax returns.

A Basket of Thanks
Gift ideas for your birthmother

How Adoption Became My Life’s Work
By Mardie Caldwell,
Founder of Lifetime Adoption Facilitation Center

Keys to Adoption Success
Read the 7 easy tips that can benefit you during your adoption journey.

Adoption is Sharing for More Than One Family

Financing Your Adoption
Resources for adoptive parents for a successful and affordable adoption

5 Tips on Listening to Birthparents
Help for that first conversation

Legacy of an Adopted Child
A poem celebrating both birthmother and adoptive mother in the life of an adopted child.

The Answer
A beautiful poem which helps adopted children with questions.

Free Informational Webinar for Prospective Adoptive Families
We’re excited to bring you exclusive information on Lifetime’s adoption program in a new Webinar format, which means you can easily attend ONLINE for free, right from your home or office.

A Birthmother in Crisis
“I want her to have a backyard to play in, to have a daddy who is there and loves her. She needs to know that life is about something. I just want her to have love, a normal childhood and a happy life.”

California Adoption Facilitator Brings Joy To Local Family
by Luke Stronach, Staff Writer
The Montgomery Independent, November 19, 1998

How Important is Adoption Planning?
How Honesty with Your Adoption Professional Can Equal Adoption Success
Are you ready to adopt? Before you speak to an adoption professional, be prepared to share your deepest wishes for your family and for the child you are seeking.

We Are Proud to Be a Lifetime Adoption Family!
Dear Everyone at Lifetime,
I apologize it has taken me so long to write, but, as you know, life has been joyously busy for us the past few months! I have been looking so forward to writing this letter, but I wanted to be able to do it justice, so I waited until I had a free day to sit down and take my time writing. This note is shamefully late but not lacking in sincerity.

We Will Always Be Grateful to Lifetime Adoption!
Dear Lifetime,
While I may not have been the best in forwarding pictures and sending our sentiments, know that you and Lifetime have been in our thoughts quite often. Motherhood keeps me hopping, and I LOVE it!!

A Lifetime Adoptive Family’s Journey – Twice
It is with great love, pride and happiness that I share with you, first-hand, our family’s adoption journeys. God began paving roads that led us to starting and growing our family through Lifetime Adoption way before we could’ve ever imagined.

A Lifetime Adoption Story – Adopting a Second Time
Hi, my name is Lori and I am the proud mom of two beautiful, healthy, fun-loving boys. For my husband and I, the fertility journey was a roller coaster ride, but in comparison, adopting through Lifetime Adoption was a breeze! We really knew that our goal was to become parents and being pregnant no longer played an important role…

A Lifetime Adoptive Story
I wish I had found Lifetime Adoption sooner. I met Mardie Caldwell four years ago while going through my 4th cycle of Invitro Fertilization but did not give much thought to adoption at that point. After my 6th failed attempt of IVF, both my husband and I decided it was time to either give up on having children or take another look at our options. It took a great deal of grieving and letting go of the fact we could never have our own biological children. We decided it did not matter if they were miniature creations of “us” because it is the way they are raised and the values that are instilled that make a person a parent.

Other Websites

African American Adoptions Information and programs for families interested in adopting an African American or bi-racial baby.
AdoptingOnline.com Mardie Caldwell has just released her new book! AdoptingOnline.com offers practical, easy-to-follow guidelines for anyone interested in adopting a child.

Christian Adoption Online This site exists to provide Christian families with resources to assist them in finding the help they need to build a healthy Christian home for a lifetime.

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