In Infant Adoption, How Old is the Baby?

by | Aug 22, 2018 | Adoptive Families Blog

infant adoption“My husband and I have just started to look into adoption, after facing infertility. We’re interested in your adoption program. We’d especially like to adopt a baby so that we can experience all of those ‘firsts’ with our son or daughter. 

If we adopt a baby through Lifetime, how old is the baby when we receive him or her?”

When adopting a newborn baby with Lifetime, the infant can be anywhere from 24 hours old to three days old. In the majority of our infant adoptions, the baby will be discharged directly to you from the hospital. We’ve seen that just a few states require temporary cradle care before the baby can go home with his or her adoptive family.

Once you have been chosen by a birth mother and have mutually decided to match, it’s simple to learn what the requirements are in her state. Lifetime’s staff of experienced professionals are here to guide you through the details and provide referrals to attorneys.

We believe that parenthood is one of the most joyful experiences you can have in life. So, we feel it’s important to experience your child’s life from the very beginning, if at all possible. In many of Lifetime’s infant adoptions, the adoptive couple are able to be at the hospital as their baby is born. Some birth mothers will even invite the adoptive couple to be the first to hold the baby, in order to begin the bonding process right away. Depending on timing and their relationship, some adoptive moms are in the hospital rooms supporting their birth mom as she’s in labor.

The ability to experience your child’s life from the very beginning is one of the benefits of an infant adoption with Lifetime Adoption, as opposed to an international adoption. Lifetime will do all we can to ensure you’re named as the parents of your baby, even before the birth.


Get started on your journey towards infant adoption today,
by filling out Lifetime’s free online application!

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.”

Read More About Mardie Caldwell

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