How long does it take to adopt through Lifetime?

Adoption loveOur fastest matches have been within 24 hours of contracting, some within a few weeks or months, and others within 18 months. Most families will match within 6 to 18 months of the time they have submitted their presentation profiles to Lifetime.

If you are wondering, “how long does it take to adopt a child?”, there are a number of things that can affect a family’s match time. One of them is how open the family is in their adoption preferences. The more open you are to race, age, gender, substance exposure and birth parent contact, the more situations you will be shown to. This results in more opportunities to be selected.

Much also depends on the quality of your presentation profile which is a combination of your Dear Birth Parent letter and photos of your life. Lifetime provides each family with a coordinator who works with the family to develop the best profile possible. We also provide sample profiles from past Lifetime families in order to assist you in seeing what birth mothers are looking for when they evaluate and decide which adoptive couples to choose for their baby.

For bi-racial and African American families, a match is typically in place within a few weeks to 6 months of contracting with Lifetime. Often in these situations, we receive birth mother phone calls from the hospital, just prior to a baby being born. When this happens, we immediately contact our contracted families for these situations. For more information, please visit our African American Enrichment Program.


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