Thinking about adopting how to start the adoption process
Thinking About Adopting? How to Start the Adoption Process
The adoption process has many different depictions on TV and in movies. It may be portrayed as full
of obstacles and complications, as well as joyful surprises and loving families. But many people know
from experience, the reality of adoption starts with the loving people who want to adopt and the
community that supports them.
Consider the Possibilities
The famous axiom "know yourself" is perhaps the best place to begin. The individual seeking the
adoption must establish priorities in order to guide their search for an adoption agency and provider.
To determine your priorities, each possibility for adopting should be considered. One type of adoption
may sound right but be disqualified once more research is performed. The basic possibilities include
domestic adoptions or international adoptions as well as infant adoptions, older child adoptions, or the
adoption of a child with special needs. The adoption can be closed, meaning that information about
biological parents is sealed, or open, in which access to these details and other opportunities for
contact are not totally foregone.
Adoption services vary, too. An informal adoption facilitator, licensed attorney, foster home, or
adoption agency may guide the adoption process. If an adoption agency is the favored route, these
can vary, being private or public and nonprofit or for-profit. Specific adoption services offered by
adoption agencies like support groups and parenting classes vary, too.
Learn about Resources
These simple, preliminary steps may seem daunting, but many other people have taken them before.
This may be a comfort to hear, and in fact, it is much more than that: connecting with people who have
gone through this process or who specialize in adoption services can provide safeguards against
scams, mistakes, and misconceptions.
The term "networking" may be applicable to this type of outreach. Turn to friends and family members,
online resources, support groups, books and magazines, and government officials for help.
Sometimes colleges and religious groups can provide additional resources, and there are often
adoption information seminars available at some adoption agencies.
Begin to Research
Depending on preferences and priorities, real investigation must eventually be undertaken. When
contacting adoption agencies, be sure that they can provide references. State licensing specialists can
verify the standing of an adoption agency and the office of the state attorney general can provide
knowledge of legal action taken against an adoption agency, as can state consumer protection offices.
In some cases, the Better Business Bureau may offer guidance.
No matter what, always consider the source of the information received. Some guarantees must come
from the government, like those pertaining to licensing and laws. And yet some of the most helpful
guidance and support may simply come from community members who truly care.
About Action Adoption at Providence Place:
Adopting a child is an important decision that requires careful consideration. Are you contemplating
adoption, or are you already planning to adopt a child? Do you have any idea about how or where to
start? Action Adoption at Providence Place of San Antonio, Texas will guide you through the adoption
process while making sure all your questions are answered. Contact them today to learn more about
adoption and ways to get involved with our organization.