There is a lot to consider when entering into the adoption process. There are so many steps, relationships, and assumptions to consider and negotiate, and it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Today I want to focus especially on the part of the process that relates to the expecting parents and the 3 things you can do to help your adoption process work best.
- Work with a dedicated adoption coordinator.
Expecting parents are in the thick of it, working on placing their child with the right family, and getting their adoption plan in order, all while dealing with everything that comes with pregnancy. A dedicated adoption coordinator can help smooth the path for expecting parents by helping them coordinate and work on their adoption plans. This caseworker will come alongside them to support them and to help them figure out whether adoption is the right thing for them, and then to help them put all the different pieces of the adoption together.
- Review adoptive family profiles.The expecting parents should consider what sort of qualities they want the adoptive family to have and what sort of parents they want to place their child with. Once they’ve determined which qualities they find most important, they should carefully review adoptive family profiles to identify families with those attributes.
- Meet the adopting family.Once the expecting parents have worked with their adoption coordinator and identified an appropriate family based on their preferences and criteria, they should begin developing a relationship with the adopting family. Everyone will have different expectations and desires, and it helps to have a relationship going in, and an understanding of what that will look like both before and after placement.
Adoption works best when you have these 3 things in place, and expecting parents can sometimes feel like they’re too overwhelmed to know where to start. Having a coordinator, knowing what kind of family they want for their child, and developing relationships are great steps toward starting off prepared.
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