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Lifetime Adoption is a nationwide adoption service. It was founded in 1986 as an Adoption Support and Referral Group by Founder Mardie Caldwell after her struggle with seven pregnancy losses and her own adoptions and working with women in crisis.
The mission was and still is to help families and birthmothers come together.
Completing approximately twelve to fifteen adoptions monthly, Lifetime’s specialty is assisting and supporting birthparents in their search to find qualified loving adoptive families. With the assistance of the Internet, Lifetime is able to provide adoption services and bring together prospective adoptive families and birthparents from all over the U.S. and military families overseas!
The founder and CEO, Mardie
Caldwell, is a certified open adoption practitioner and
is bonded and fully insured as an adoption facilitator. She operates Lifetime Adoption as a registered facilitator with the State of California under the provisions of the Registry of California Adoption Facilitators. Lifetime
is also a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau
of Sacramento, a member of the Grass Valley/Nevada County
Chamber of Commerce and the California Association of Employers.
We are located at 400 Idaho Maryland Rd, Grass Valley, CA in The Foothills building. In 2013, Mardie Caldwell opened Lifetime Adoption, Inc. in Florida, a licensed child-placing agency. We are excited to offer more services to birth mothers and families nationwide.
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For more Birthparent information on Lifetime, please visit
our Birthparent Section. Adoptive
families can learn more from the Adoptive
Families area of our website.
On average, our adoption staff receives 300 phone calls daily
and are available for emergencies 24-hours a day. Over the
years, we have become known for our caring and genuine concern
for the birthmothers' well-being, before and after adoption.
All clients are carefully screened for their suitability in
our adoption programs.
Caring for Birthparents
Lifetime provides birthparents with compassionate personalized attention and support regardless of the decision to adopt or parent. Birthparents receive quality help and outside compassionate non-judgmental counseling with goal setting and confidential decision-making. Medical, legal, public aid and housing referrals are available. Food closet and maternity clothing store is available to women as well through www.BirthMotherBlessings.com. Educational programs and scholarships for online and offline programs available by applying at www.LifetimeFoundation.org
Birthparents, through Lifetime’s Open Adoption Program, have the opportunity to choose the baby's adoptive parents and meet the adoptive family. Lifetime encourages birthmothers to take a friend, mother, or the birthfather along with them when meeting a prospective family. With the option to exchange on going letters and photos, birthparents can be assured of their children’s well-being in upbringing and children have the opportunity to know their genealogy, medical history and biological family.
All of Lifetime’s services to birthparents are free.
| _____Lifetime staff in a meeting
Aiding Adoptive Families
Lifetime maintains contracts with families who have a broad range of religions, races, ages and preferences for infants, older children and sibling groups.
Lifetime provides adoptive families with a wealth of information pertaining to the adoption process, alleviating concern and guesswork. In addition to printed materials and online counseling, Lifetime offers free monthly informational meetings.
On behalf of adoptive families, Lifetime handles the initial screening of all birthparents on phone and, if possible, in person and through written questionnaire. Only qualified birthparents and adoptive families with matching profiles are linked for further conversations, avoiding false expectations and disappointment. A majority of Lifetime families are matched within a few weeks to less than a year.
In addition to facilitating adoptive family and birthparent matches, Lifetime arranges for the transfer of proof of pregnancy, medical releases and records, and written confirmation of future contact between the adoptive family and birthparents. Lifetime makes available to adoptive families referrals to attorneys and other adoption professionals nationwide, in order to help them complete their adoption. To culminate the adoption, Lifetime prepares a plan for the baby to leave the hospital with the adoptive family.
Lifetime continues with follow-up care after birth and post-placement with both the adoptive family and birthparents.
As you're considering adoption, this video can help you understand how open adoption works. The video shares the reality of open adoption from both the birth parent and adoptive family perspectives:
| _____Lifetime's Founder & CEO, Mardie Caldwell
Lifetime's Founder & CEO
Founder and CEO, Mardie Caldwell, is a Certified open adoption practitioner and is bonded and fully insured as an adoption facilitator. As an award winning author and recognized expert in the field of adoption, she is often called upon for her experience and knowledge by the media and other adoption organizations.
Lifetime has a national outreach program
to educate the public and professionals about the benefits
of adoption, and we are often called by the media for our expert
opinion on adoption-related issues.
Lifetime Adoption Facilitation Center, LLC,
is located in the beautiful Sierra foothills of Northern California.
Our office is located in Grass Valley, CA, which is about one hour northeast of
the California State Capital in Sacramento and 90 minutes west
from beautiful Lake Tahoe.
When traveling to see us, it is best to call
ahead to let us know when you will be in our area. Appointments
are recommended, but drop-in visits are welcomed. If you are traveling by plane, please find information regarding airports here.
| The sunrise as seen from our office
For prospective adoptive families, we offer free
informational webinars to find out more about how Lifetime can help you adopt successfully.
you to meet our staff and spend time visiting the gold mining
towns with their charming shops and award-winning restaurants.
Nearby, Nevada City is filled with beautiful Victorian homes, historical
sites and theaters. You can take a scenic horse-drawn carriage
ride through town or a walking tour. You, too, will experience
the natural beauty that attracts thousands of tourists from
around the world year round.
If visiting from out of state, it is easiest
to fly into Sacramento International Airport, which is about
60 minutes from Grass Valley. During the summer months, flying
into the Reno Airport in Nevada may sometimes be more affordable. It will take about 90 minutes to drive from the Reno Airport
to our offices.
We are happy to recommend lodging and arrange
for you to meet the staff with whom
you will be working. It is easier if prospective adoptive families
first have an application on file. For more information or
to arrange for a private consultation for prospective adoptive
We look forward to helping you in your
journey for a Lifetime adoption!
In the video below, Lifetime's Founder & CEO Mardie Caldwell
invites you to visit us at Lifetime Adoption Center. Please click on the Play button to begin watching.