Congratulations on your decision to adopt! You are about to embark on a great adventure and I could not be more excited for you. But how to get from “Yes, we want to adopt!” to actually adding to your family? The process of adoption can seem complicated but it can be broken down into 7 steps. I am here to provide an overview of those steps and answer any questions you may have. So, let’s dive in!
1. Avenue(s) for Adoption
The first thing to do is decide how you want to adopt. There are 6 avenues for adoption and they include: agency, consultant, private, embryo, foster care, and international. Keep in mind, you do not have to choose one. If you would like to learn more about the specific avenues check out this blog post series.
2. Choose an Adoption Professional
The next step is to find an adoption professional that can be a guiding partner to you and your family. When researching an adoption professional, you may consider fees, expertise and who you make a connection with.
3. Complete an Adoptive Home Study
This process can seem tedious but it is extremely important. The home study provides an overview of your family and your readiness to adopt. It’s a requirement to have a home study in order to adopt.
4. Create an Adoption Profile
This is a huge step! You can think of the adoption profile as a resume for an expecting mother. Much like professional resumes, first impressions are key to getting you an interview with an expecting mother. This is your opportunity to share a little depth about your family, parenting style, and more.
5. Get Matched with an Expecting Mother
This is an exciting part of the process! You have been matched with an expecting mother who has agreed to move forward with you. Depending on the avenue you have chosen, this could be an opportunity for you to develop a relationship with the mother or define the expectations of the adoption agreement.
Congratulations! You are now at the stage where a child is placed in your home. While the child is placed with you, there are still some moving pieces to finalize the adoption. During this process, you will have post-placement visits to make sure things are going well.
You’ve had your post-placement visits, now it’s time to finalize the adoption. Finalization can range from 30 days to 6 months depending on state laws. Once finalized, you are legally your child’s parents.
Adoption is an incredible adventure. The process can be lengthy but it is worth it every step of the way.
If you are interested in adopting and want more information, check out my comprehensive course, All About Adoption 101.