Are you hoping to adopt again? Many who have experienced the joys of parenthood wish to expand their family through adopting a second time. We’d be honored to be a part of your second adoption journey!
After 32 years of experience, Lifetime is confident that we know what birth mothers are looking for in an adoptive family. And what many are seeking today are experienced adoptive parents, who have already adopted a baby.
Keep reading to learn how you can expand your family through the miracle of another adoption!
Higher Demand for Experienced Adoptive Families
Lifetime has noticed an increase in birth mothers requesting couples who have already adopted. We have found that families who are experienced with adoption and prepared to say YES to a match are in high demand by birth mothers. Because of the adoptive couple’s experience during the matching process with their first child’s birth parents, they can connect to and develop a relationship with birth parents more quickly.
“When I decided on adoption for my baby, I knew I wanted to find a couple who would be cool with staying in touch afterward. Open adoption would allow me to see how my daughter was doing as she grew up. I ended up placing her with a couple who adopted their son three years ago. In their adoption profile, I saw that they had visits with their son’s birth mom once a year and would welcome an open adoption with me, too. So I knew they were the right couple for my baby girl,” says one birth mother who recently made an adoption plan through Lifetime.
In addition to your experience in open adoption, your experience raising an adopted child makes you valuable to birth mothers. You’re already aware of and experienced in addressing the unique issues involved in parenting adopted children.
Smooth Adoption Process
As an experienced adoptive parent, you have much to offer that is valued by agencies. Having already completed an adoption profile, the necessary paperwork, and the home study process for your first adoption, you’ll find that these initial steps can happen more quickly for your second adoption.
In addition, as second-time adoptive parents, you’ll have gained considerable experience and have already been through the thorough preparation and assessment process.
Aspects to Consider
There are many compelling reasons to adopt again—to fall in love with a child, to fulfill your dream of what a family should be, to give your first child a sibling—it’s easy to see why many families do. You’ll want to consider aspects such as your child’s age, your family structure, and possible expenses. If you think you’d like to welcome another child into your family through adoption, you’ll want to consider how this will affect not only you but also your current children.
It’s important to give your child plenty of time to feel secure before you consider adopting again. Many agencies recommend that you’ve had at least a year to adjust to living together as a family before considering another adoption.
We’d Love to Help You Adopt a Second Time!
We would love to help you adopt again if you feel that God is nudging you toward bringing another child into your heart and your family. If you have questions, please call Lifetime at 1-800-923-6784. We look forward to speaking with you about building your family through a Lifetime Adoption.
Begin by applying today! Our application has always been free. That is the best place to begin, or restart, the adoption conversation with Lifetime.
As Vice President of Lifetime Adoption, Heather Featherston holds an MBA and is passionate about working with those facing adoption, pregnancy, and parenting issues. Heather has conducted training for birth parent advocates, spoken to professional groups, and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the multiple aspects of adoption. She has provided one-on-one support to women and hopeful adoptive parents working through adoption decisions.
Since 2002, she has been helping pregnant women and others in crisis to learn more about adoption. Heather also trains and speaks nationwide to pregnancy clinics to effectively meet the needs of women who want to explore adoption for their child. Today, she continues to address the concerns women have about adoption and supports the needs of women who choose adoption for their child.
As a published author of the book Called to Adoption, Featherston loves to see God’s hand at work every day as she helps children and families come together through adoption.