Adoption in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Adoption, Home Studies and More

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Adoption Services for
Birth Parents and Adoptive Families

If you live in the Badger State and would like to learn more about modern adoption, Lifetime Adoption coordinators are here to help. Whether you are thinking about placing your baby or child for adoption or you are considering adopting a child, you will get all of your questions answered at Lifetime.

Pregnant and Considering Adoption in Wisconsin

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You look at the pregnancy test, which is positive, and you feel overwhelmed. This is not the result you were looking for. Now what? You need to understand your options now and make some big decisions. You may share the results with family or friends or the baby’s father and get many different reactions. It can make your situation even more confusing.

Don’t panic. Get the facts first. Contact a Lifetime Adoption coordinator and speak with a caring and experienced voice who can help you calmly understand your options. You can call, text, or fill out our online form, and a Lifetime coordinator will listen to how you are feeling and what your situation is and answer your questions. You can even, at no charge, speak with a professional or peer counselor if you would like.

What is the Adoption Process in Wisconsin?

Lifetime Adoption coordinators have been helping birth mothers in Wisconsin through the adoption process since 1986. To get started, just call, text, or fill out our online form. A Lifetime coordinator will talk with you to find out what your hopes and dreams are for your baby and what resources and support you might need.

Then, you can view adoptive family profiles online to pick a family for your baby, or you can have your coordinator choose some profiles for you. You may want a family from Wisconsin or from another state. You may want a family of a certain race or religion. It is up to you to choose what is important to you.

If placing a toddler or older child is something you want to know more about, Lifetime can help with that too. A transition plan will be created with the help of a professional counselor so the change is healthy for everyone in the adoption triad.

Having a hospital plan is important if you are pregnant. Your coordinator will help with this. The plan will outline who will be with you in the delivery room, who you want to hold and feed the baby first, along with other details. In addition, you will also have an attorney who will make sure that you understand your rights and the adoption process.

Open Adoption in Wisconsin

Modern, open adoption has come a long way; now, birth parents make all the decisions. Birth parents now choose the family for their baby and can have a relationship with the adoptive family in the future. Your coordinator will help you create an adoption plan just for you. She will ask you questions such as:

  • What traits are you looking for in a family?
  • What type and how much contact would you like to have after the adoption is final?
  • What would you like included in your hospital plan?
  • Would you like the adoptive parents to be involved with your prenatal care?
  • Do you need some help with some pregnancy-related expenses?

If parenting is not the right choice for you and your child at this time, placing your child for adoption is the brave and loving choice. There are so many loving families hoping to grow their family through adoption. While adoption is not an easy choice, knowing that with open adoption, you are not saying goodbye forever can be comforting. The adoptive family can send updates, and pictures, connect on social media, and even visits. Our birth mothers often have great, long-term relationships with the adoptive families of their baby. Recently, one of our birth mothers was getting married and asked if her daughter could attend. Not only was her daughter there, but so were the adoptive parents. The adoptive father even walked the birth mother down the aisle.

Help With Pregnancy Expenses and More

When Lara was thinking about placing her baby for adoption, she contacted Lifetime. She had been experiencing an abusive relationship, and she needed a change when she realized she was pregnant. Now, she had nowhere to live and had extra expenses due to her pregnancy. She didn’t know where to turn. Her Lifetime coordinator let her know that in the state of Wisconsin, some pregnancy-related expenses may be covered, and there were resources available.

  • Counseling for a birth parent before and after adoption
  • Maternity clothes for the birth mother but no more than $300 worth
  • Transportation expenses of the birth mother related to the adoption or pregnancy
  • Medical and hospital care received by the birth mother connected to the pregnancy or birth of the baby
  • Legal services received by a birth mother due to the adoption
  • Living expenses of the child’s birth mother. Not to exceed $5,000 if necessary to protect the welfare of the birth mother or the fetus
  • A gift to the birth mother with a value of less than $100 from the adoptive parents

Professional counselors and peer counselors are available for you to work through the emotions and decision-making involved in the adoption process.

Wisconsin Adoptive Families

The adoption profiles below will show you waiting adoptive parents of all types and backgrounds in Wisconsin. When you browse these profiles, you can learn more about their:

  • Lifestyle
  • Family
  • Home and neighborhood
  • Values and religious beliefs
  • Reasons for adopting
  • And much more!

No matter what you’re looking for in an adoptive family, you deserve to find the perfect match. With waiting families from across the country, Lifetime Adoption provides more adoptive family profiles for you, giving you a greater chance of finding the right fit for your child.

Families Wanting to Adopt in Wisconsin

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Are you considering adopting? Are you interested in growing your family with a newborn, toddler, or child up to the age of 6 in Wisconsin? As a modern, open adoption leader, Lifetime can help your adoption dreams come true. Matching birth families and adoptive families is what Lifetime has been doing since 1986.

Starting the Adoption Process

Just fill out the short online application to get started on your journey today. It is free to apply. Your application can be pre-approved once reviewed, and then an adoption coordinator will contact you.

As the founder of Lifetime Adoption, Mardie Caldwell started Lifetime Adoption due to her experience adopting her son. With a focus on caring for birth mothers, treating them with the utmost respect, and making sure they have everything they need, the Lifetime coordinators have now been successfully matching birth mothers and adoptive families for over three decades.

Adoption Laws in Wisconsin

Wisconsin adoption laws can seem hard to navigate. Don’t worry. Your coordinator will refer you to a Wisconsin adoption attorney who will handle the legal aspects of your adoption.

Individual facts of each adoption can affect the legal requirements. Rely on your adoption attorney to ensure your adoption is conducted legally and filed correctly.

Wisconsin Home Studies

A home study is a required legal document that demonstrates your ability to parent and adopt a baby. Your Lifetime coordinator will be happy to refer a Wisconsin home study provider to you.

A home study generally includes the following:

  • Interviews with all the members of the adoptive family household
  • Adoptive parents need at least 25 hours of preadoption preparation, such as:
  • At least 6 hours of in person training
  • At least 6 hours of training focused on the specific needs of the child being adopted
  • Criminal history by the Department of Justice along with a fingerprint-based check of the national crime information databases
If considering placing your child for adoption or thinking about adopting a child, Lifetime Adoption coordinators look forward to guiding you on your journey and providing the information, resources, and support you need.



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