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How COVID has affected adoption

How COVID has affected the adoption process

We’re five months into the COVID lockdown, and most of the US is still sheltering in place and social distancing. Schedules are massively different for most families out there, and as we roll into the fall and start school again, many families are wondering how school and childcare will work with the new normal of social distancing and required masks.

One of the most common questions we hear is “How will COVID affect our adoption process?”, so we wanted to share a post explaining what’s changed, and what’s stayed the same. […]

How COVID has affected adoption

How to choose a good adoption agency

How to choose a good adoption agency

how to choose an adoption agencyWhether you’re expecting and exploring your options or you’re a family looking to adopt a new baby, finding the right adoption agency is an important yet scary step in the process. It’s a major life decision, so it’s important to make the right choice.

We know you have a ton of questions to ask – and we’re here to help answer those questions! Finding the right adoption agency makes all the difference in the world. You want an agency that takes personal interest in your adoption journey, not an agency who treats you like just another number.

Over the years, we’ve worked with hundreds of birthmothers, adoptive families, birth centers, and hospitals. But most importantly, our founder Robin is an adoptive mother herself. When she adopted, she was completely new to the adoption world and had no idea where to start. She talked to multiple adoption agencies before finding one that took the time to fully explain the process and answer all of her questions.

She built Lifetree around the same idea – taking the extra […]

How to choose a good adoption agency

5 Tips for Birth Parents in an Open Adoption

5 Tips for Birth Parents in an Open Adoption

One of the questions we hear most often from birth parents is “How does open adoption actually work in the long run?” We get it – you’re placing your child with another family, and you’re wondering how “open” things remain as time goes by.

We always answer with stories about past birth parents we’ve worked with, and how they’re all so happy with their decision because the open adoption was truly a long lasting relationship with the adoptive parents. Years later, the relationship is actually stronger.

The relationship between and adoptive family and the birth parents is the same as any other personal relationship in your life – it’s built on mutual respect and trust. And just like any other personal relationship in your life, it grows deeper as time goes by.

If you’re considering placing your child, and you’re wondering how open adoption will work for you, we wanted to share these five simple tips that we share with all of our birth parents. These tips will help you build an amazing relationship with the adoptive parents […]

5 Tips for Birth Parents in an Open Adoption

Should I give up my baby for adoption?

Should I give up my baby for adoption?

The most important thing to realize is that you’re not giving up – we said it in a past blog post, and we tell every birthmother we meet… You’re not giving up, you’re choosing a better future for both you and your baby. You can’t control everything in your life, and sometimes you simply can’t handle raising a child. Choosing adoption doesn’t mean you don’t feel the same selfless, unconditional love that every parent feels… In fact, choosing adoption is proof of that love, because you’re putting your child’s future and happiness above everything.

You’re not giving up!

That’s why we always say that asking yourself “Should I give up my baby for adoption?” is never the right question to ask. You’re not giving up on your baby, or yourself. You’re “placing” your baby for adoption and choosing a better future. You’re giving an amazing gift – not only to your baby, but to the adoptive family. You’re giving another woman a chance to be a mother – and it’s entirely possible she might not have […]

Should I give up my baby for adoption?

12 questions to ask an adoptive family

12 Questions to ask an adoptive family

We’ve helped hundreds of birthmothers place their babies, and we know that one of the most stressful decisions in the adoption process is choosing the adoptive family. It’s a huge decision – there’s nothing wrong with feeling nervous when you talk to a prospective couple for the first time.

After looking through the various family profiles and photos, you’ve got a pretty good handle on who the family is – you know how they met, what their family is like, what they do for a living, and what they do for fun… But what you don’t know is who they REALLY are.

It’s perfectly normal to feel nervous the first time you talk to the people who might be adopting your baby. We’ve put together a list of important questions to ask that will help you get a feel for the family – so you’ll feel more comfortable talking to them and more secure in your decision.

Don’t be afraid to ask tough questions – you want to be sure you’ve chosen the right family for your baby!

Questions to ask adoptive […]

12 questions to ask an adoptive family

Back to school tips for 2019

Back to school tips for 2019

Easy back to school tips for 2019It’s back to school time… we’ve only got a few weeks until school starts! Back to school is an exciting time for everyone, but it’s also a time where anxiety can skyrocket. Don’t fret, we’re here to help make things easier for you and your children. It helps everyone to ease back into the school routine, and the tips we’re sharing in this month’s blog will help!

1) Meet the teacher night is key – don’t miss it!

Typically, the biggest back-to-school fear for most kids is wondering if they’ll like their new teacher. Every school hosts a “meet the teacher” night just before school starts. Don’t skip it, even if your kids have been in the same school for years. The informal setting helps break the ice – kids can meet the new teacher with their parents there, which makes the process much less scary.

2) Take a school tour

You’re already at the school for meet the teacher night – take the opportunity to tour the school. Help your child figure […]

Back to school tips for 2019

10 summer activities in Dallas for adoptive families

10 summer activities in Dallas for adoptive families

School’s out, and it’s time for summer! There’s no better time to connect with your children and make memories that last a lifetime. We usually share tips for birth mothers and families wanting to adopt, but this month we wanted to share some fun summer tips for all the families who’ve already adopted (and any other Dallas area families looking for fun summer activities).

There are tons of fun things to do in the Dallas area in the summer, but sometimes when you live somewhere, you forget about the things that are right there in your own town. Here’s our list of 10 fun family activities in Dallas this summer:

Spend some time at the park

Klyde Warren Park

This is a great free option for a morning or afternoon of fun. Built above the highway between Uptown and Downtown, Klyde Warren Park is guaranteed fun. The park has an area packed with lawn games and ping pong tables, and there’s even a putting green. Your kids will love the jungle gym and the splash […]

10 summer activities in Dallas for adoptive families

5 Tips for Birth Mothers in Open Adoptions

5 Tips for Birth Mothers in Open Adoptions

birth mother reading to her childOne of the most common questions we get from birth mothers is “how do open adoptions work?” It’s an important question when you’re placing your baby for adoption, or even considering placing your baby.

Open adoptions allow the birth parents to stay in contact with the adoptive families, which helps many birth mothers feel more secure in their decision to place their child. They’re able to see their child grow up and know that their baby is part of a loving, giving family.

Most importantly, open adoptions are built on mutual respect and trust. As a birth mother, you’re trusting that the family you choose for your baby will love and take care of him or her. The adoptive parents trust that you love your child and will be able to be there if you’re needed.

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5 Tips for Birth Mothers in Open Adoptions

Tips for birthmothers considering adoption

Tips for birthmothers considering adoption

Women who are pregnant and considering adoption may feel uncertain and have questions to determine if this is the right decision for them and their unborn child. Having sufficient support and information during this time can be extremely reassuring for anyone thinking about placing their baby for adoption. In order to help birth mothers in their time of uncertainty, we have compiled some common questions and answers from birth mothers who have gone through the adoption process.

If you’re pregnant and considering adoption, your mind is probably bursting with questions and anxiety. Adoption is a wonderful choice for you and your baby, but you want to know that you’re making the right decision. Information and support are the key to knowing you’re making the right choice. For all the birthmothers out there who might be considering adoption, we thought we’d kick off the new year with a blog post about the most common questions we hear from birthmothers.

Let’s start with the most common question:

How do you know that adoption is the right choice?

Every birthmother has different reasons for placing their baby for adoption – every situation is […]

Tips for birthmothers considering adoption

Tips to help with waiting for your adoption during the holidays

Tips to help with waiting for your adoption during the holidays

Waiting for your adoption is never easy – it’s a long process, and it’s incredibly emotional. If you’re waiting for your adoption during the holidays, it can be even more challenging. You’ll see friends and family members you don’t see often, and inevitably, you’ll get questions about your adoption and your family. Seeing other friends and family members celebrating with their children can be tough as well.

We wanted to share a list of tips to help all the waiting families out there prepare for the holiday season, and hopefully help make the holiday wait a bit less stressful.

Keep yourself busy, but don’t do too much

Keeping yourself busy is one of the best says to keep your mind off your wait for the adoption, but it’s even more effective during the holidays. There’s so much more going on, between decorating your house, cooking, shopping, visiting friends and family, traveling, and attending parties. If you’re having a hard time finding something to do, ask friends and family if they need help with anything – […]

Tips to help with waiting for your adoption during the holidays