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If you're looking to pursue adoption, finding an adoption agency is among the most crucial steps to setting up a successful adoption experience. However, with so many options, finding a strong adoption agency may appear daunting. Here's a guide to help you identify and choose a reputable adoption agency that's right for you.

If you're looking to pursue adoption, finding an adoption agency is among the most crucial steps to setting up a successful adoption experience. However, with so many options, finding a strong adoption agency may appear daunting. Here's a guide to help you identify and choose a reputable adoption agency that's right for you.

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How to Identify a Strong Adoption Agency

  1. 1. BY DAVID GRISLIS HOW TO IDENTIFY A STRONG ADOPTION AGENCY
  2. 2. If you’re pursuing adoption, finding a reputable agency is among the most crucial steps in establishing the foundation for a successful adoption experience. While choosing a strong adoption agency may appear daunting with the number of existing agencies around the world, here’s a guide to help you choose a reputable adoption agency that’s right for you.
  3. 3. WHAT MAKES A STRONG ADOPTION AGENCY? A licensed agency will have met standard criteria for staff education and training requirements, as well as child placement. While licensing requirements may vary depending on state, to assess the reputation of licensed adoption agencies, you can contact the State Licensing Specialist in the state in which the agency is located and the specialist will be able to inform you about the agency’s current standing. LICENSING
  4. 4. WHAT MAKES A STRONG ADOPTION AGENCY? Reputable agencies operating out of multiple countries will be Hague- Accredited, meaning they have met the standards of the Intercountry Adoption Act. Look for agencies that have this accreditation. HAGUE-ACCREDITED
  5. 5. HOW TO ENSURE YOU'RE CHOOSING A REPUTABLE AGENCY In addition to checking licensing, when meeting with an agency, request client references. Asking agencies for references from families who have gone through adoption will provide you a better idea of how the agency handles the process. You will also have the opportunity to ask the family if there were concerns or conflicts with the agency prior to, during, or after the process. ASK FOR REFERENCES
  6. 6. HOW TO ENSURE YOU'RE CHOOSING A REPUTABLE AGENCY It’s important to exercise your due diligence to ensure the ideal outcome. Make sure the agencies you are looking at are licensed, ethical, and professionally competent. Utilize resources such as Council on Accreditation to gather information on accredited adoption service provides, call State Licensing Specialists, and reach out to families who have already gone through the adoption process with the agencies you’re considering. DO YOUR RESEARCH
  7. 7. HOW TO ENSURE YOU'RE CHOOSING A REPUTABLE AGENCY How long has the agency been licensed? What is the educational and professional background of agency staff? What will the adoption process be like and what is the agency’s role during it? How much will it cost? ASK QUESTIONS
  8. 8. HOW TO ENSURE YOU'RE CHOOSING A REPUTABLE AGENCY Does an agency refuse to provide references? Does it skirt around questions or provide inconsistent answers? Has the agency made promises that appear too good to be true? Does the agency lack transparency? Does it appear unprofessional? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you might want to consider looking into other adoption agencies. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR RED FLAGS
  9. 9. HOW TO ENSURE YOU'RE CHOOSING A REPUTABLE AGENCY Does an agency leave you feeling unsettled? If your gut is telling you to be wary, it might be best to listen and steer clear. TRUST YOUR GUT
  10. 10. WHILE SEARCHING FOR THE RIGHT ADOPTION AGENCY MAY BE DAUNTING, WITH THE RIGHT RESOURCES AND PREPARATION, YOU CAN BEGIN WORKING TOWARD A SUCCESSFUL ADOPTION.  David Grislis at davidgrislis.org

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