What to Expect When You Choose Adoption for Your Baby

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If you’re pregnant and wondering about adoption for your baby, you might be wondering what it’s like. Lifetime is here to help you during every step of your adoption plan. The process can be confusing at first, so know that we’re available 24/7 to walk you through it.

Today, we’re sharing how the adoption process works in 5 steps. Here are the 5 steps you’ll take if you’re making an adoption plan for your baby:

1. Contact an Adoption Center

To begin the process, you’ll contact an adoption professional. Our caring, Christian coordinators are here to let you know what your choices are with open adoption. By knowing all that you can, you’ll be better able to determine if adoption’s right for you and your baby.

2. Provide Information

Your Adoption Coordinator will help you one-on-one and will need to ask you questions about yourself and your situation. We encourage you to share as much as you can, especially about your health history. The health information you share will be so useful to the adoptive couple and also to your child.

3. Create a Plan

We’re here to help as you create an adoption plan that’s customized to your wants and needs. You have lots of choices, such as the adoptive family for your baby, how much contact you’d like in the future, as well as how much contact you hope to have with your child.

4. Select Adoptive Parents

Lifetime encourages you to think about what you need in your baby’s parents. Is it important to you that the adoptive couple follow the same religion as you? Are you hoping that your child can be raised in a family with a stay-at-home mom? Maybe you’d like a couple who are the same race as you. You can get really specific with what you’re looking for in an adoptive couple. Luckily, we have hundreds of adoptive parents to choose from!

After you’ve let Lifetime know what you’re hoping for, we will send you profile booklets about the adoptive couples. And not to worry, we’ll mail them in an unmarked package, in case you’re keeping your adoption plans confidential. You’ll need to select your top choice adoptive family, and then we’ll set up a phone call for you to interview them. This can really help when you’re wondering if they’re a good fit for your baby.

5. Get Counseling

Lifetime can connect you with a licensed counselor to speak with at no cost to you. The therapist isn’t trying to talk you into adoption. Rather, she’s there to help as you go through some pretty intense emotions.

Lifetime encourages you to talk with one of our peer counselors, too. You can talk with a woman who made an adoption plan, as she knows what you’re going through right now. It’s smart to get counseling before your baby’s born and afterward too. It can really help you unpack all the emotions you’re facing.

Lifetime Christian Adoption is available for you 24/7. Just send us a text or give us a call at 1-800-923-6784.

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Christian Couples Needed for These Adoption Situations

learn about Lifetime's available adoption situations!Have you been called on by the Lord to adopt a baby? When you’re at the very beginning stages of answering His call to adopt, you will need to research adoption professionals. Part of researching adoption professionals includes asking them questions over the phone and looking at their reviews online. While you’re online, you’ll want to find out what kind of adoption situations they have. By learning about what their birth mothers are looking for, you can determine if their adoption program is a good fit for you.

Today, we’re sharing info on just three of the many available adoption situations which Lifetime Christian Adoption is currently working with:

We’re searching for a couple to adopt a Hispanic baby due in September. The birth mother is interested in placing her baby with a loving and caring Christian couple who is financially stable enough to be able to provide the child with everything her baby will need. She’s currently in high school and has goals of becoming a teacher after she finishes school. She said that her parents have kicked her out of the house so she might need help with pregnancy-related expenses like food or maternity clothes.

Lifetime is also looking for adoptive parents for an African American/Caucasian baby due next month. The birth mother would like to place her child with a loving married Christian couple. She said that she is looking for a couple who has turned to adoption after infertility. She’s hoping for a couple who are well-educated and financially stable. A couple who share some of her baby’s ethnicity would be great. She may need help with pregnancy-related expenses, like medical bills. This birth mom is looking for an open adoption that includes letters, photos, and the possibility of visits in the future.

And, we’re currently assisting a birth mother who is expecting a Caucasian baby girl in July. She’s interested in placing her baby with a family who is of the Christian faith. She wants the family to provide her daughter with a fun, stable life and to be financially secure. After placement, the amount of contact she desires is letters and pictures with the option of a visit annually. There has been some cigarette use, but no other substances stated. She has medical insurance and has been receiving regular prenatal care.

If these adoption situations sound like a good fit to you, we’d love to help you adopt! The first step is to fill out Lifetime’s FREE online application to adopt at LifetimeAdoption.com/apply.

If you’d like to discover the steps you can take towards adopting
a baby, please call Lifetime Christian Adoption at 1-800-923-6784.

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How to Stay Inspired During Your Adoption Wait

The weather is nasty outside, and you’re just aching to hold your baby in your arms. I’ve been there, and there were times it seemed like we’d never adopt. I had to find a way to keep myself inspired and motivated to reach my goal of being a mommy through adoption. I found a few things helpful.

adoption support group

One was having an adoption buddy; I had another hopeful adoptive mother that was as committed as I was to become a mom. We would chat during the day and encourage each other with ideas and trade information. It was nice to speak to someone who was like me. I was able to shed some tears with her when I became frustrated at the process, or when a birth mother chose another couple instead of us. I had to stay connected to keep motivated during my adoption wait. The inspiration came from many sources including prayer, support group meetings, and reading.

If you need inspiration today, you’re only a click away from online resources. There are positive role models out there for you, who will help and not hinder your adoption journey. Set up a group of positive and encouraging hopeful mothers. In this way, you can create an adoption network of women who are willing to help each other. It’s important to avoid negative people, those who just complain but don’t get very far. You don’t need them anywhere near you or your adoption plan- they will only drag you down.

I also recommend reading Christian books with motivating and inspiring messages. These will help you move forward with confidence, knowing that adoption is possible and will happen for you. Seek out God’s guidance and be inspired by His word while you travel this road that many of us have been down before. Remember, there is a baby for you!

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
– Jeremiah 29:13

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Christian Adoptive Couple in Alabama Excited to Grow Family!

Christian adoptive couple Kevin and ChemeikaMeet Kevin and Chemeika, an African American Christian couple living in northern Alabama!

They’re college sweethearts who have been married for over seven years. He works as a software developer, and she’s an accountant. Their 10-year-old daughter, Erin, is excited to become a big sister! Kevin and Chemeika are open to contact through letters, pictures, and visits.

“Chemeika is smart, caring, and just a genuinely good person. Her love for Christ and His word reflects the way she carries herself. When I look at her, I see the love that she has for our daughter, and I am convinced that she will share that same love with this child. I know that Chemeika is excited to teach this child about life and how to continuously show the love of Jesus to everyone that he or she meets,” says Kevin.

And Chemeika shares about Kevin: “Kevin is one of the most selfless people I know. His heart is one that truly reflects the love of Christ. Kevin is quite the jokester and because of his playful personality, kids absolutely love him. His demeanor with children is one that is nothing short of amazing. He is already a great dad to our daughter and I cannot wait to see the love he has for this child!”

Here’s Christian adoptive couple Kevin and Chemeika’s adoption video:

This Christian Couple from Alabama Are Excited to Grow Their Family Through Adoption! from Lifetime Adoption on Vimeo.

Visit Kevin and Chemeika’s adoptive family profile online to learn more about them, view their photos, and read their “Dear Birthmother letter.”

You can also browse other adoptive family profiles at www.LifetimeAdoption.com. If you see an adoptive family that you’re interested in, please give Lifetime a call at 1-800-923-6784.

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Christian Adoption Update – “God Wrote Us a Beautiful Story!”

The staff at Lifetime Christian Adoption feels blessed to be able to share this touching adoption update that Christian adoptive couple Jesse and Alicia sent in:

Jesse and Alicia's daughter“Hi Natalie!

I hope you and everyone at Lifetime are doing well. Now that we are winding down from the very busy holiday season, I wanted to take a few minutes to update you on how we are doing! Brynlee is 7 months old, can you believe it!? She is crawling now and keeping us very busy! Watching her learn and grow is such a joy! I feel like it wasn’t long ago that I was emailing and calling you to get suggestions from you on how we could improve our profile. What a beautiful story God has written for us! Thank you for being a part of it!

The judge, Jesse, Alicia, and their daughter at the adoption finalization!Thanksgiving was such a special day for us. Looking over at Brynlee in her high chair at the dinner table was such a dream come true. We have so much to be thankful for, every day is Thanksgiving in our home!

Our Christmas was amazing! Brynlee’s birth parents planned a special dinner so we were able to spend time with them and meet their families. We are extremely grateful for the relationship we have with Brynlee’s birth parents. This was the start of a new Christmas tradition that we hope to continue for many years to come!

On December 28th, we finalized our adoption! As our family filled the courtroom, I couldn’t help but feel so overwhelmed with emotions. There were countless nights of hoping, praying and longing to be parents and now that we are, I just couldn’t imagine our lives without her!

We hope you enjoy these pictures of our sweet girl!”


If we can help you or someone you care about start on the path towards Christian infant adoption,
please share this link to our free application to adopt!

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What to Pack for the Hospital When You’ve Chosen Adoption

Creating a hospital bag packing listAre you feeling more and more stressed and overwhelmed as your due date approaches? One way to cut down on this stress is to pack for your hospital stay, by using our hospital bag packing list.

Since you might go into labor before your actual due date, we recommend packing everything up and getting it ready to go when you’re eight months pregnant. Be sure to add things to the list that will make you more comfortable and relaxed. Here’s our hospital packing list:

  • Your driver’s license or ID
  • Your insurance card or Medicaid card
  • Hospital paperwork
  • Your adoption professional’s phone number
  • The adoptive family’s phone number
  • Your birth plan
  • Your contacts and glasses
  • A few nightgowns, a bathrobe, slippers, and socks
  • Whatever you find to be calming; it might be music, a photo of someone you love, or even your own pillow.
  • Your cell phone and charger
  • Healthy snacks, like apples, bananas, beef jerky, nuts, granola bars, or trail mix.
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Brush and comb
  • Hair ties and headbands
  • Makeup
  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Extra pairs of maternity underwear
  • Maxi pads
  • A roomy outfit to go home in
  • Comfy shoes, like flip flops

Feel free to print our list, pin it on Pinterest, or save it to your Internet favorites to have handy!

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Help for Your Season of Waiting on the Lord

Hopeful adoptive mother praying in churchWaiting for the blessing of a baby can be discouraging and exhausting. Maybe you’ve only been waiting to become parents through adoption for a few weeks or months. Maybe you’ve been waiting for years, and have turned to adoption after failed fertility treatments.
No matter how hard your season of waiting on the Lord has been, know that He has a plan for you! Many waiting adoptive couples have found reassurance through Caroline Harries’ devotional, In Due Time.
In this 60-day devotional, Caroline shares of her own story of loss and longing. Even in the midst of waiting, it is possible to have joy by recognizing the truth in God’s Word. She hopes that each devotion in the book brings you hope and encouragement in your time of waiting.

This book will heal your heart, renew your mind, and allow you to better trust and praise the Lord during your season of waiting. Although the adoption wait is difficult, God is faithful. Know that He will finish the work that He began with you.
By remaining faithful and persistent during your adoption journey, in due time you will become parents! We hope that In Due Time provides you with encouragement and hope. God is with you during the waiting!
Here’s a short video of author Caroline Harries sharing more about her book, In Due Time:

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Young Christian Couple in California Ready to Welcome a Child!

Learn about Christian couple Brad and Katie in California!Meet Brad and Katie, a young Christian couple living in California. They’re so excited to welcome a child into their home and to become first-time parents! Brad and Katie both have wanted to be parents since childhood, but aren’t able to have biological children. “We believe that children are a gift from God and we are thrilled that we have the opportunity to adopt!” they say.

Brad and Katie have a strong marriage due to their firm foundation on serving God. When time allows, they love to go hiking, camping, kayaking, and taking their dog, Rio, for walks. They’re open to sharing pictures, letters, and visits with you if that’s what you’d like.

“Katie was born to be a mother. Her love for Christ is so evident, which has helped me with my own faith. Katie loves to bake, and she’s so good at it! Coming home to the smell of freshly baked cookies is the best! She will teach our child the importance of being honest and kind to everyone they come into contact with,” says Brad.

And Katie shares about Brad: “Brad is an incredible husband, brother, son, uncle and friend. He has such a magnetic personality and I know it will make him a great father! Brad has become a well-respected mentor at our church. And even after a hard days work, Brad is still able to come home and devote himself to spending quality time with his loved ones!”

Here’s Christian adoptive couple Brad and Katie’s adoption video:

Young, Fun-loving Adoptive Couple from California Ready to Welcome a Child! from Lifetime Adoption on Vimeo.

Visit Brad and Katie’s adoptive family profile online to learn more about them, view their photos, and read their “Dear Birthmother letter.”

You can also browse other adoptive family profiles at www.LifetimeAdoption.com. If you see an adoptive family that you’re interested in, please give Lifetime a call at 1-800-923-6784.

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Praising the Lord, Even on Bad Days

Lifetime Christian Adoption’s Founder Mardie Caldwell has a favorite devotional book, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. From time to time, we cite passages from this book to help you on your adoption journey. Today’s passage is actually from Sarah Young’s “Jesus Today for Kids.”

This beautifully moving and thought-provoking message reminds us to praise the Lord even on our most challenging days during the adoption wait:

“You have so many blessings in your life that sometimes you take them for granted. You may start to see only the things you don’t have, instead of all the things you do have—and then you miss My Joy completely.

I love it when you praise Me on good days, but I especially treasure your praises when you’re having a terrible day. Why? Because I know that on those days, you’ve searched hard to find Me and My blessings.”

Jesus Calling for Kids passage

“Let them give thanks to the Lord for His love and for the miracles He does for people. Let them offer sacrifices to thank Him. With joy, they should tell what He has done.”
—Psalm 107:21–22

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How To Break The News of Your Pregnancy To Your Family

unplanned pregnancy as a Christian womanTelling your parents that you’re pregnant can be a very stressful experience. As Christians, they likely expected you to wait until marriage.

When you tell them that you’re pregnant, they may say things they don’t mean. That’s because this is a shock to them. The first reactions your parents might have could range from being upset and disappointed to being downright angry.

Here are 4 tips to help you get through the “I’m pregnant” conversation:

1. Do Some Serious Thinking First
Do this before you talk with your parents and answer their questions. Are you ready become a mom? How do you feel about making an adoption plan? If you’re unsure, try asking yourself these 4 questions:

  • Are you ready for the responsibilities that come with being a mom?
  • Do you want to be a parent right now?
  • Is your baby’s father involved and ready to help you out?
  • Can you financially care for a child?

Once you know a bit more about how you feel, it’ll be easier to talk with your parents about your feelings and choices.

2. Find the Right Timing and Place
Saying that you’re pregnant over dinner in a busy restaurant isn’t the best time or place to reveal your news! So that you can have a calm and loving chat with your parents, pick a time and place that gives you privacy and the time to talk.

Pick a location that lets you freely express yourself without having to worry about strangers overhearing.

3. Remain Calm and Patient
If telling your parents you’re pregnant will come as a surprise, don’t be shocked if they’re upset. Stay calm and be patient as you wait for your news to sink in. Show them that you’re mature and ready to cope with the decision you make regarding your baby, and they can come to terms with the situation quicker.

4. Set Another Time to Talk
Don’t expect that you’ll be able to talk about this just once and then leave it alone. The first conversation you have with your parents about your unplanned pregnancy might not go as you wanted it to. Maybe you got interrupted, or emotions were too intense.

By scheduling another time to talk, your pregnancy news will have had time to sink in. Hopefully, everyone can begin the second conversation more calmly; you’ll all have had a chance to think more about your options.

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