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  • Mandeeb13
    Self-Matching?

    Ok, so more questions…does anyone have experience with self-matching and/or independent adoption? While I assume the chances of matching that way are probably lower than the chances of matching some…

  • cosmojones
    Baby Butterflys Connections

    Has anyone worked with Baby Butterflys Connections?

  • Mandeeb13
    Heaven Sent Adoptions Referral program

    Hello,

    Wondering if anyone has had (somewhat recent) experience with the referral program offered by Heaven Sent Adoptions in Michigan? We are currently working with an agency in Ohio,…

  • Mandeeb13
    Using Multiple Agencies - suggestions?

    Hello,

    My husband and I are currently in the “waiting to be considered/matched” phase of our adoption journey (yay!) and so far we’re very happy with our agency. However,…

  • KristyR1
    Anyone work with Shorstein & Kelly, Attorneys at Law?

    Hello,

    Anyone have experience with Shorstein & Kelly, Attorneys at Law in Jacksonville Florida?
    My husband and I would love some reviews.

    Thank you in advance,
    Kristy…

  • Jody Cantrell Dyer
    Praying for you

    Good morning families,

    YEARS ago, when I published my book, The Eye of Adoption, I “met” a waiting mother here on AFC. Since then, we’ve stayed in contact and I’ve…

  • carolina2014
    Lifetime Adoption

    Our Story:  After 4 years of unexplained infertility we felt led toward adoption.  A friend of a friend had successfully completed an adoption through Lifetime and after conducting our own research we too contracted with Lifetime.  After a two year wait without the slightest hint of a match we discovered we were pregnant during which time Lifetime agreed to place our contract on hold for nine months. 

    When our daughter was two months old we paid the fee to have our contract reactiviated and resubmitted profiles and a video that reflected our family of three.  We requested and received two-6 month extensions.  During this time we were pleasantly surprised to discover that they requested additional copies of our profile which we hoped meant increased interest in our family and that after all of this time a match would finally be made. 

    However as we stand at the closure of our third year contracting with Lifetime we still have not had even the briefest glimpse of a possible match.  Rather than continue to live our lives in limbo we have made the very difficult decision not to request a third renewal therefore forfeiting the nearly $20,000 we paid to Lifetime for their “service” along with our hope of expanding our family any further.  As such we would like this opportunity to share our experience with Lifetime.
    Pros:
    They successfully match expectant birth parents with prospective adoptive families (unless you are one of the families for whom they do not—please see below).
    They take pride in their structured approach which they share will lead to a successful adoption as long as you explicitly follow their advice (unless you are a family who follows all of their recommendations and wait for years without success—please see below).
    They contract with hundreds of families at a time which provides them a wealth of experience (unless this number is too high—please see below).
    Cons:
    There are a larger number of prospective adoptive families who are unsuccessful with Lifetime than we were led to believe.
    We are one of four couples of whom we are personally aware who waited years (one family waited two, the rest of us three) without matching through Lifetime.  The other three couples found success elsewhere. 
    We began tracking the Lifetime website in our region to celebrate families who had matched or adopted in attempt to keep our hopes up (December 2015 to March 2018).  During this time about ” of the families from our region disappeared from the website without ever being noted as “matched” or “adopted”. 
    Our friends fall in this category as will we.  While families may be removed due to divorce, illness, because they no longer want to adopt, or because of personal details as related to an adoption are not able to post their success; however, there are also families who allowed their extended contracts to lapse because they found success elsewhere or chose not to wait years and years for something that may never come to be.
    There are numerous positive reviews about Lifetime online from families who found success with Lifetime’s formula. However, there are families for whom it does not which Lifetime fails to acknowledge may also be the result of their formula.  Lifetime often responds to families who post negative reviews indicating a lack of understanding on the part of the family in regard to the contract, the family’s “decision not to accept a match that was within noted preferences”, or as they do in our case, place the blame on a changed family dynamic (the number of opportunities Lifetime presented to us as a family of 2 and as a family of 3 have been exactly the same—zero).  We find this demonstrates a lack of humility we find to be disappointing from a company that claims to hold Christ at the center of their work.
    Domestic adoptions are declining.  In 2014, only 18,000 infants under the age of two were placed for adoption.  One of the nation’s largest adoption agencies continues to grow overall even as the number of adoptions it facilitated dropped from 1,980 in 2010 to fewer than 1,300 in 2016.  This speaks to the ever increasing interest in families wishing to start or grow their family through adoption.  However, it also speaks to the increasing inability of adoption organizations to meet the needs of their clients.  Despite this they continue to accept money from susceptible families who want nothing other than a child to love even when they know there is a probable chance they will walk away empty handed.
    Ultimately Lifetime is a business.  While they seek to match birth parents with prospective adoptive families, their ultimate goal is to stay in business.  As a result they send a very persuasive message to vulnerable families.  To those who benefit from this business the message is a blessing, but please be aware there are a number of families like ours who pay tens of thousands of dollar and years of waiting who have nothing to show in return.

  • Emiluke
    Living Expenses questions

    I’ve been looking at some situations with attorneys (FL and CA attorneys) where the living expenses for EM is about $15,000.  Is that way too risky and high?  Is there…

  • Emiluke
    Can an attorney act as a facilitator?

    I came across an attorney in CA who is placing a baby in FL.  I am from NJ.  the attorney said the total cost of going through her would be…

  • Emiluke
    Difference between referral agency and facilitator

    I am from NJ, and suppsoedly its illegal to use a facilitator.  But what is the difference between that and a referral agency?  I was considering using a referral agency,…

  • CTdads
    Looking for agencies in Connecticut

    I’m feeling really overwhelmed with choosing an agency, especially after IAC went bankrupt last year (we were just about to send our application and deposit when that happened!).

    Does anyone…

  • caraj
    Can I use multiple agencies?

    My husband and I are working with a private agency in MD, and haven’t heard anything from them in the 7 months since we completed our home study. My husband…

  • Emiluke
    Foster adoption questions

    I was wondering if my agency home study could be used for a foster adoption (from another state)?

    I was recently told about a situation where a foster baby is…

  • Emiluke
    Adoption tax credit questions

    Hello,  I’m a little confused by the adoption tax credit.  Can you claim expenses for a year before adoption is finalized?  I read that you can claim expenses in the…

  • tigger7391
    Feeling Hopeful

    Hello everyone, I’m new to this group.  I wanted to share my story and where we’re at.  We’ve done a few rounds with an IUI and finally gave up.  We’re…

  • KMO
    Finding a pediatrician

    Hello,

    My husband and I are currently on a waiting list for a domestic infant and are trying to educate ourselves as much as possible during this waiting time.…

  • Jackie41076
    Starting the wait

    We just activated with American Adoptions and was curious if anyone here worked with them and how long your process took?

  • ErinV
    New to this process - how to pick an agency

    Hi! My husband and I are really new to this process and don’t really know where to start. We are strongly leaning towards a domestic newborn adoption but we have…

  • Emiluke
    New to this, have some questions

    I am from NJ, trying to find the best agency or path to adoption.  Is it typical to pay an application fee, and if so, what price is typical?  Is…

  • tigger7391
    How Long to Wait

    Hello,

    I’m fairly new to putting information out there on adoption.  We’re about 3 years in waiting on the whole adoption process.  I really would like to see what everyone…

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