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I’m Ready to Adopt; What’s the First Step?

Congratulations! You’ve decided to adopt, but what do you do now? The best thing you can do is likely the same thing you’ve been doing… research: lots and lots of research. Many decisions must be made when adopting; doing research, finding support, and learning what has and has not worked for others can be invaluable for your adoption process. Likely there will be topics you didn’t even think to consider. Doing your due diligence can give you a more realistic picture of what to expect and help you find support when you need it during the process.

The next step is deciding who you want to work with for the duration. You are going to want to make a decision on an adoption agency as well as an attorney. Adoption agencies help facilitate the adoption process and provide services to place children with families to ensure a safe and successful union. Those services include matching services, in-home studies, counseling and education, document preparation, and post-placement visits. Not all adoption agencies are the same. They have varying adoption requirements and pricing structures for the services they provide. In addition, adoption attorneys are required for every adoption proceeding and are there to work in conjunction with the adoption agency and guide you through all of the complicated, state-specific legal processes to ensure a secure and ethical adoption as well as overseeing financial matters. With both attorneys and agencies, be sure you visit with several before choosing the one that’s right for you and your situation.

Next, you will complete an application for the adoption agency. They will probably require a home study. A home study evaluates your home for the emotional and physical environment to determine if your home meets the agency’s criteria for placing a child within the home. The home study may also include required counseling to ensure you are as prepared as possible for the process. Once approved, the agency will then work to find a suitable match. Be prepared to wait. It can take months or even years, depending on your child’s preferences.

Once a match has been made, the legal processes begin. Often there is a probationary period to ensure that the placement is compatible for both the child and the prospective home. During this period, home visits and reporting to the court will be necessary. Additional paperwork will need to be completed to finalize the adoption.

If you are considering adoption in any capacity, choosing the right adoption professionals to work with is one of the most important decisions you can make. Don’t settle for the first agency or attorney you contact. Be sure you choose people you feel comfortable with and trust.

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