What Can We As Christians Do To Make Our Adoption Happen Sooner?

Many Christian adoptive parents wonder “What can we do to speed up our adoption? There are simple things you can do to help move your adoption forward. Timely paperwork, and preferences, are just a few items; above all don’t procrastinate. Watch the video below for more specific details about this:

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Do Good to Others – But Don’t Break the Law Doing It!

Adoption comes from the heart, but the adoption process comes from the Law.
You should follow your heart, but be sure you also follow the law.
Irina O’Rear

Adoption is a life-altering decision and it involves all your emotions. As prospective parents, you will be eager to bring your baby home at the earliest. While there is nothing wrong in wanting to do so, you must be aware that the adoption process is governed by certain laws to protect the interests of the child as well as the adults who are involved in the adoption process. Your desire to adopt may be born from your heart, but you have to understand and conform to the state laws before you get a chance to bring your baby home.

The sad fact is that there are many individuals who will go to any extent to make a quick buck. There are instances of women who try to sell a baby (hers or someone else’s) for five or ten thousand dollars through ‘private adoptions’. It may be a quick way for you to save the hassles of going through an adoption agency, but it has very serious implications. While it is your money and you have every right to spend it the way you like, you have to respect the laws that have been placed to safeguard both prospective parents and children from such unscrupulous individuals.

In a nutshell, giving money in private to the birth mother without the knowledge of the adoption professional may cause you to be in violation of the law. Let’s take a look at why prospective couples part with their money behind the back of the adoption professional or agency:

  • Money given to the birth mother to pay for her hospital visits and health checks at the doctor’s office
  • Money given for any kind of counseling for the birth mother
  • Money given out of compassion if she is in an impoverished state or with no one to take care of her
  • Money given to help her out with her education or to better her future post-adoption

All of the above instances can be out of well-intentioned efforts on the part of prospective couples to be a blessing to the birth mother as she is giving up her own flesh and blood to make them parents. It can be a very emotionally-based decision to help the birth mother on the sly. But, the law views it as shady and improper. In fact, certain laws specifically forbid money being given to the birth mother for counseling. While it is not in our place to question the rationale of such laws, it is very much our responsibility to ensure our adoption process is completely legal. If you break the law, you have a very good chance of jeopardizing your adoption plan.

At all times be certain that any payment you make is legal and aboveboard. If you have any doubt, please consult your adoption professional before making a decision that could land you in trouble.

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Adoption Prayer Bracelets – A Wonderful Reminder to Pray for Your Adoption

adoption prayer braceletAdoption Prayer Bracelets are a wonderful reminder for Christians to pray for their adoption. These one-of-a-kind bracelets were inspired and designed by adoptive mother & founder of Lifetime Christian Adoption, Mardie Caldwell. Each and every adoption prayer bracelet is lovingly handmade and created with prayer and patience.

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, we are excited to share a special on Adoption Prayer Bracelets just in time for the holiday. Get Free Priority Shipping with coupon code HEART! To view bracelet color choices and order, visit AdoptionPrayerBracelet.com.

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How to Tell Your Parents Your Girlfriend is Pregnant

Our God is a God who not merely restores, but takes up our mistakes and follies into His plan for us and brings good out of them. This is part of the wonder of his gracious sovereignty.
—J. I. Packer*[1]

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a Christian teen is to unwisely indulge in unprotected sex before marriage. It becomes a nightmare when your girlfriend becomes pregnant. What’s going to happen to your future? How can you grow up from a boy to a man overnight and become a dad? Will you be able to pursue your dreams of college and top-paying jobs? How will you provide for your wife and baby without a proper education? It is natural to be bombarded by all these questions. But probably the most heart-wrenching, stomach-churning question of all is this: How do I tell my parents?

You may come from a devout, God-fearing family of believers and your parents are excited about God’s plan for your future. How can you now tell them that you have been sexually active and have a pregnant girlfriend? Well, as difficult as it is, you need your parents’ wisdom, love, and guidance in helping your girlfriend and you make the right decision.

Before you talk to your parents, spend some time with God in prayer. If you are yet to repent and confess your poor choices, do it now. This releases you to God’s forgiveness and His love will help you forgive yourself. He is bigger than all your problems. Ask Him to give you the courage and maturity to tell your parents about your girlfriend’s pregnancy.

Choose the right time to talk to your parents. Sit them down and tell them you have something important to share concerning your future. As you tell them the truth, be prepared to face their anger and hurt. Your parents may have great dreams for your future and this pregnancy has not only destroyed your dreams but their dreams as well. So, be patient as they vent their emotions. When everything has calmed down, ask them to help you make the right decision. Always remember that your parents have your best interests at heart and they want to see you living the life God has planned and prepared for you.

God’s grace has the power to turn your mistakes into miracles. Adoption can be seen as a God-given opportunity to be a blessing to a childless couple and to hold on to your dreams of college, work, and success. If you want to learn more about Christian adoption, call us here at Lifetime Christian Adoption at 1-800-923-6784 to find out how you can achieve your dreams while providing the best for your child.

* J. I. Packer, Knowing God (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1973), 2I9.

[1]Robert J. Morgan, Nelson’s Complete Book of Stories, Illustrations, and Quotes, electronic ed., 570 (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2000).

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Christian Adoption Resource: Pray America Live

pray AmericaA wonderful resource for Christians adopting is the nationwide radio show, Pray America. You can listen to the live streaming online broadcast right now on the Christian Broadcast Satellite Network.

If you’re on Facebook, you can also connect with Pray America Live there as well!

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Our Lifetime Baby Was Heaven Sent!

One of our Adoption Coordinators here at Lifetime Christian Adoption just received this heartwarming note from our adoptive couple Jacques and Melissa:

“Hi Veronica,
Heaven sent us our perfect angel, Gabriel. The road was bumpy and winding, but as we look back on our adoption journey, we know that every turn has led us to Gabe who is now two months old. He is happy and healthy and keeps us very busy! We can’t even remember what life was like without him.

Our birthparents have been wonderful. We felt a great connection with them right away. Facebook has been an excellent way to share pictures and videos with them. We are looking forward to keeping in touch with our birthparents and hopefully visiting with them in the summer.

Thank you, Veronica & Lifetime, for making our family complete!

Melissa and Jacques”

To find out how you can make your dreams of adopting a baby come true, please call Lifetime Christian Adoption today at (530) 432-7373.

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Get a Free Report on Adoption Home Studies

adoption home studyIf you have started looking into adoption, you may have heard the term “HOME STUDY” and wondered what exactly it is.

Now, you can access a special FREE report that explains the adoption home study requirements and answers the simple question, “What is a home study?”

In this free report, you’ll learn:

  • What a home study is, and what it isn’t.
  • The one main reason people can’t pass a home study.
  • Key tips for home study preparation.
  • Easy ways to make your home study provider feel at ease in your home.
  • What to expect when the social worker comes to visit.
  • …and much, much more!

Visit AdoptionHomeStudyReport.com to access your FREE report today!

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Should You Really Marry Your Baby’s Father?

Marriages are made in heaven, but we are responsible for the maintenance work.[1]

One of the biggest questions on an unwed pregnant teen’s mind is ‘Should I marry the father of my baby?’ If you are one of those girls asking yourself that very question, then this article is just for you.

Marriage should be a carefully weighed decision. You are going to spend the rest of your life with this person and the least you can do is to give thought to how compatible you are with your partner, spiritually and mentally.  The following poem is a sad yet accurate description of how most youngsters get married today and how their marriage turns out:

Nice night in June. Stars shine. Big moon.

In park with girl. Heart pound. Head swirl.

Me say love. She coo like dove.

Me smart. Me fast. Me don’t let chance pass.

Get hitched me say. She say okay.

Wedding bells ring. Honeymoon. Everything.

Settle down. Happy life. Happy man. Happy wife.

Another night in June. Stars shine. Big moon.

Me not happy anymore. Carry baby. Walk the floor.

Wife mad. She stew. Me mad. Stew too.

Life one big spat. Nagging wife. Bawling brat.

We realize at last, we moved too fast.[2]

Consider your true motives for wanting to marry the father of your baby: Are you doing it out of love for the man or just to save yourself from the embarrassment of remaining an unwed woman? Are you both confident of your abilities to raise your baby and be good role models? Marriages should not be based on your convenience but based on your true love for each other. If you are marrying for the wrong reasons, with a baby on the way, you already have a lot going against you. Statistics prove that couples who get married because a baby is on the way have a higher chance of failure than those marriages based on a solid foundation of love, faith, and trust. Don’t make a hasty or poorly thought decision.

It takes a lot of maturity, mental and financial stability, and sacrifices to raise a child. Are you confident that you and your boyfriend have what it takes? If not, why don’t you consider adoption as a wonderful alternative to ensuring that your child grows up in the best of environments?  An adoptive family will serve as good role models for your child and provide the healthy image of marriage that every growing child finds security in. Spend some time in prayer, asking God today to help you make the right decision that focuses on the future of your child.

[1]Robert J. Morgan, Nelson’s Complete Book of Stories, Illustrations, and Quotes, electronic ed., 529 (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2000).

[2]Robert J. Morgan, Nelson’s Complete Book of Stories, Illustrations, and Quotes, electronic ed., 531 (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2000).

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2012 Could Be the Year YOU Adopt! Take a step next Tuesday…

Attend this free adoption webinar to find out how you can adopt in 2012Join us Tuesday, January 10th if you’ve been thinking about adoption but are finding you’re stuck deciding the next best step for you and your future family. This is for anyone who wants this New Year to be THE YEAR they get closer to the child you’re waiting for.

Mark your calendar and REGISTER to attend Lifetime’s FREE Adoption Webinar, Overcoming the Common Barriers to Beginning a Path to Adoption, which will air LIVE next Tuesday.

You can join us Tuesday evening at:

5pm Pacific Time

6pm Mountain Time

7pm Central Time

8pm Eastern Time

Find out how you can move beyond the questions, doubts, fears, or confusion of beginning your adoption. You’ll gain tips and information that will take you toward your successful adoption.

Once you register you’ll immediately receive an email with the link or number to attend LIVE on Tuesday, January 10th.

You may attend by PHONE or ONLINE from a computer, or your Smart Phone. To attend using your iPhone or Droid download a free webinar app. (Please refer to your personal data plan to find out if charges may apply to attend from your cell phone using this app.)

Start 2012 off in a direction that will take you closer to the family you’ve longed for.

Please contact us if you have any questions about how you can begin your adoption:
(727) 493-0933.

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Lifetime Christian Adoption is Available 24/7!

Lifetime Christian Adoption can be reached 24/7 by our birthmothers via our toll-free line at 1-800-923-6784! This round-the-clock assistance means that we are able to work with many more birthmothers than other adoption centers and agencies. In turn, this makes the adoption match happen more quickly for adoptive parents!

Below is a photo of our Birthmother Coordinator Amie multi-tasking; she is on the phone, texting with one of her birthmothers, AND using Lifetime’s live online chat! We’ve found that birthmothers really enjoy having these multiple methods of getting in touch with us.

To learn more about how Lifetime Christian Adoption can help you adopt the baby of your dreams, please give us a call at (727) 493-0933 or request more information at LifetimeChristianAdoption.org. It’s free to Posted in Christian adoption | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Lifetime Christian Adoption is Available 24/7!