Laughing baby wearing a New Year's hatIs it your New Year’s Resolution to adopt a baby or child? In this post, we share 5 ways that will bring you can get closer to your goal of adopting in 2016!

  1. Research adoption professionals thoroughly

Ask them questions such as “How long have you been working in the field of adoption?”, “How long is your average waiting period?,” “How many adoptions do you complete per year?” and “How much is does an average adoption cost through your organization?” Check them out on the Better Business Bureau website and ask them for references of past clients.

  1. Learn from others who are successful in adoption

Talk to couples who have already adopted successfully and ask them for their advice and thoughts. Sign up for email newsletters about adopting, join a support group, and team up with others that have the same goals and are supportive of adoption.

  1. Read adoption books

Read books about domestic adoption, open adoption, older child adoption, infant adoption-whatever type of adoption you want to pursue. As you read, always ask yourself: “How can I apply this to my adoption journey?” Take notes so that you can apply what you learn. Here are a few good books about adopting: AdoptingOnline.com, Adoption: Your Step-by-Step Guide, and Called to Adoption.

The money you put into reading books will more than save you in legal costs, errors in decision making, and spotting red flags in an adoption.  

  1. Make time for your adoption

Make sure to allot time every week during which you put energy towards your adoption goal. It’s been said that humans spend between 3 and 8 hours each week learning new things. So you’ll want to make time for adoption research; it’s the key to your success.

  1. Listen to and watch adoption webinars

Make sure to take advantage of the adoption webinars that Lifetime Adoption makes available to the public for free. In them, we cover a wide range of topics, such as open adoption, the adoption home study, birth mothers, stories from successful Lifetime adoptive families, and more! Visit AdoptionTeleconference.com to sign up for a future webinar, and tune into recordings of past webinars. If you tune into an adoption webinar live, you’ll benefit by being able to ask questions (live!) from the webinar hosts.

Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.
Written by Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.

Founder of Lifetime Adoption, adoptive mom, adoption expert, and Certified Open Adoption Practitioner (C.O.A.P).

Since 1986, adoption expert Mardie Caldwell has been dedicated to bringing couples and birth parents together in order to fulfill their dreams.

“Many years ago, I was also searching for a child to adopt. We didn’t know where or how to get started. Through research, determination, and a prayer, our dream of a family became reality. I started with a plan, a notebook, assistance from a caring adoption consultant and a lot of hard work; this was my family I was building. We had a few heartaches along the way, but the pain of not having children was worse!

Within weeks we had three different birth mothers choose us. We were overwhelmed and delighted. Many unsettling events would take place before our adoption would be finalized, many months later. Little did I know that God was training and aligning me for the adoption work I now do today. It is my goal to share with our families the methods and plans which succeed and do not succeed. I believe adoption should be affordable and can be a wonderful “pregnancy” for the adoptive couple.

I have also been on both sides of infertility with the loss of seven pregnancies and then conceiving by new technology, giving birth to a healthy daughter. I have experienced first-hand the emotional pain of infertility and believe my experience allows me to serve your needs better.

It is my hope that for you, the prospective parents, your desire for a child will be fulfilled soon.”

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