Are you preparing to adopt? If so, the anticipation may be overwhelming. It’s a very hassle job, involving going through a home study; getting fingerprinted; choosing domestic, international, or foster adoption; putting your family profile or dossier together and finally waiting whether or not you are eligible for the adoption. Let’s put all such hassles aside to a great extent by being aware of some important points.
Gather as much information as possible
You need collect as much information as possible about child adoption service. For this, you should read magazines, newspapers, books. Visit as many websites as possible, Talk to others. Find out adoptive parents; try to meet them and their children. Let’s your friends and relatives know that you want to adopt a baby.
Look for Professionals
There are many options when it comes to adoption services. You can find out agencies, attorneys and other adoption experts — in your area. Fix meeting with every agencies, orphan houses. Attend informational meetings organized by public and private agencies. Develop contacts with facilitators; talk with social workers, agency representatives. Also, check references.
Determine Who to Want to Adopt
When looking out for child adoption services, make sure whether you want to adopt an older child, infant, girl or body. Also, consider whether you want to hire a domestic or an international child. Ask yourself whether you are open for sibling, twins, or whether you can go for a special needs child. Also, be assured whether you’d prefer open relationship with the birth parents. You should also think whether you want to go for a public agency, non-agency or a private adoption agency.
Ensure how much you can spend on the adoption you seek. You can opt for grants, savings, loans from church, friends, and groups. You can also seek for banks or other similar financial institutions that offer interest-free loans.
Know About Laws
Depending on where you want to adopt a child, it’s important to be aware of laws. If you want to adopt domestically, research state laws or find out the eligibility criteria if you want to go for the international adoption.
Though document requirements depend on the agency, country and other things, some of the general documents you need to have are:
For domestic adaption
- Multiple notarized copies of birth certificates
- Marriage Licenses, Medical Exams
- financial statements (last three years’ tax returns)
- Photographs of yours and your home
- A written autobiography employment records
- Criminal clearance documents, fingerprints,
- Three letters of reference
- A report on your home with deed possibly) a psychological evaluation
If you want to go for an international adoption, you should have the following documents:
- NS documents, passports
- Copies of State Department laws in English (in the language of the country you have chosen to adopt from.
- Be prepared for an interview by a social worker or agency.
Besides, you consider child you want to adopt. Look for his/her medical history, social and emotional background. It’s good to find the best agency.
No matter you want to go for a domestic or international adoption, you need to take into account all the above things. If the child has special needs, seek supplemental medical or counseling services. It’s good to always adopt a child from a reputable adoption agency.