Baby Elijah joined Derek and Jennifer's home through a Christian adoption“How do we know if we’re called to adopt?” is a common question for couples to ask themselves when they begin exploring Christian adoption.
When God first lays adoption on their hearts, many adoptive couples ask themselves questions like:
“Can I love a child that is not of my own body?
“Can I physically, financially and emotionally take on another child?”
“How in the world can I come up with that kind of money?”
“When is the right time to start, Lord?”

Spend time in prayer and with the Word, so that you can determine which path is right for you to take toward parenthood. We encourage you to take the time to have an open conversation with your spouse about adoption. Sometimes, it takes an act of God to get a husband and wife on the same page at the same time and ready to begin the journey of adoption.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
-James 1:27 NIV

Derek and Jennifer with their newly-adopted son, ElijahGod can use you in a powerful way to live out this gospel to children. Once you’ve recognized the Lord’s call upon you to adopt, you’ll need to begin the process of finding the right professionals, those who specialize in the type of adoption you want.
For example, if you’re seeking a domestic, newborn adoption, be sure the adoption professional works directly with their own birth mothers.
At Lifetime, we have an extensive support system in place for birth mothers and help them throughout each stage of their adoption decision. In fact, many Christian women facing an unplanned pregnancy choose to work with Lifetime, because they want their baby’s adoptive parents to share their faith.
It’s important to take the time to research your options with adoption, and ask questions.

What you ask adoption agencies is crucial, but so are the questions you ask yourself. Ask yourself what’s important to you. Your answers shed light on which route you should take in adoption.
What do you need from the staff you’ll partner with to build your family through adoption? Low fees? Quick results? The least amount of paperwork? Since adoption is such an important and personal decision, it’s probably none of those things, but instead something deeper.
Your faith is part of every area of your life, and that includes your adoption. So when it becomes evident after prayer and reflection that God is calling you to adopt, keep your faith in mind when you search for the right professionals to help you.

Lifetime Christian Adoption is here to help you prayerfully during your path to parenthood. As a Christian adoption agency, we’re not just faith-based; we’re Christ-centered too. From the person who processed your application to those helping birth mothers, our adoption staff are believers. Many hopeful adoptive parents have found it encouraging to know they’re working with people who share their values and faith. You can trust Lifetime to work for you while respecting the God-given call upon your life to discover the baby meant for you!

Learn how you can answer God’s call to adopt a baby by completing Lifetime’s free online application!

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