How to Handle a Fast Adoption

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Have you been through an adoption? Or do you know anyone who has experienced a fast adoption?


It can be a whirlwind! Since every situation is different, it can be difficult to know what to expect.

In my most recent video, I discuss 5 ways that you can be better prepared to handle a fast adoption!


1. Have a hospital bag ready

Fast adoptions can be last minute events. Keep a bag packed and ready when it’s time to go to the hospital. This will save you stress later!

In this bag, you will want to have your home study and any supporting documents (birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc.).

Many times, adoption agencies will want to see those same documents during the adoption process. Having them all in one place will keep the process smooth.


2.  Have the ability to clear your schedule ASAP

Inform your employer that there is the possibility of a fast adoption. This will help the process go smoother by keeping everyone on the same page about what might potentially happen at the last minute.

It can also decrease the risk of any frustrating miscommunication or blindsiding.


3. Sometimes they work out and sometimes they don’t

Fast adoptions have many possible different outcomes.

The birth mom may not have had the counseling or time they needed to process all their feelings with adoption.

Many times, moms are in denial up until the birth and are thrown into making a decision they aren’t ready for.

There are so many different situations that could be at play, it is important to remember that things may not always work out how you expect.


4. The adoption process is condensed

Fast adoptions usually take 48 hours and are quite the whirlwind. It’s important to be realistic about how fast this may happen so you can mentally prepare now.


5. Go with the flow

Flexibility is key. There will be a lot of unknowns and possible risks in a last minute adoption.

Again, there are so many scenarios that can play out. The relationship with the birth father can impact things. The birth mother’s decision can impact things.

There will be a lot of unknowns, too–trust the social worker if they say they don’t know. Going with the flow may save you your sanity in the long run.


Fast adoption can look different than a classic adoption, but it doesn’t have to be scary!

With the right research and education, you can be equipped to handle any adoption!

What did you think of this week’s Youtube video? Do you have any questions about handling a fast adoption? I’d love to hear them!

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Steffany ave

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Meet Steffany Aye, the heart behind Adoption & Beyond since its inception in 1998. Fueled by a deep passion for supporting both birth and adoptive parents, Steffany's journey as an adoptive parent has continued the foundation for this non-profit adoption agency.

Drawing from more than 25 years of dedicated experience, Steffany and her team are committed to crafting warm, thriving families through child-centered adoptions. Their inclusive services, free from any form of discrimination, reflect Steffany's unwavering dedication to the beautiful tapestry of adoption.

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