Getting Started in the Adoption Process

The process of adoption can be overwhelming. Below are some tips for those who may be considering adoption or those in the early stages of the process.

• Educate yourself about the different types of adoptions out there (ex. domestic, international, special needs and foster care.)

• Decide which type of adoption is right for you and/or your family.

• Research the cost of adoption and develop a plan on how to handle the various expenses you will encounter.

• Select an adoption agency or facilitator to guide you through the process. Make sure you check the credentials of the agency or facilitator and don’t be afraid to ask for references. Most agencies have reference families you can contact.

• Complete an application and follow the guidelines set by your agency/facilitator (ex. home study, adoption classes, dossier, etc.)

On a Personal Note
It is very important that you find an agency or facilitator that you trust and feel comfortable with. The future of your family is in their hands. I am personally grateful to Julie, Marianne and Lucia who helped bring my family together. There were many times when the process was not going as quickly as I wanted, but they helped me stay patient and they kept me informed. They were also very considerate about the many times I tried to micromanage and my tendency to want to “control” the process..