Exploring adoption can be not only laborious but also filled with uncertainty. The adoption process is just that: a process. It takes time to do it correctly. While you’re going through this process, you’ll work closely with adoption professionals. For some, this can be sometimes overwhelming—especially if they feel that they are ill-prepared. Because it can be so overwhelming and daunting, working with adoption professionals, it is important to do everything you can to prepare yourself.
This section of articles will help you along this path. The following information can help you better understand the adoption process and what to expect when working with numerous adoption professionals. Here are some of the topics you can read more about on their related pages:
Finding a Professional: The right adoption professionals are out there. Finding the right professionals all depends on your specific situation and what you want out of these relationships. Some will find that they fall into these great relationships with adoption professionals right away—without too much effort. For others it takes more dedication and hard work to come across the right adoption professional for you. The key may be that you need to know where to look.
Adoption.com Directory of Professionals: This professional directory is completely free. It is a great resource to search for potential adoption professionals with whom you can work. Our directory lists the following types of professionals: adoption agencies, adoption attorneys, and adoption facilitators. Make use of this resource. It is there to help you.
Questions to Ask: When attempting to find the right adoption professionals, you’ll need to ask the right questions. But how do you know which questions are the right ones? This section will help you with which questions to ask and to whom to ask.
Importance of Honesty: For the adoption process to work smoothly, efficiently, and properly, it is imperative to be honest with your adoption professionals. It is equally important that you choose to work with adoption professionals who are honest and trustworthy.
Broaching Difficult Topics: As mentioned above, honesty is important throughout the adoption process. This includes being honest about difficult topics, including drug and alcohol use.
Communicating Your Needs: While the adoption process is about finding the right family for your child, it is also about your needs. Communicate these needs to your adoption professionals. If you never verbalize your needs, they can’t be met appropriately.
What is an Adoption Agency?: This page will take you through the basics of an adoption agency. You’ll better understand how it works and what to expect. While each adoption agency is different and works differently, these are the common things you will encounter when you work with an adoption agency.
Addressing the Issue of Race: For some birth parents, race is an issue. They may want their child to be adopted by a family of the same race, or maybe a differing race. Whatever your preference, you need to make your needs and wants known. You should be comfortable with the end result.
These pages are here to inform and teach you about working with adoption professionals. When you know what to expect, the process can run smoother. And a healthy, smooth adoption process is something for which to strive.
Note: Our authors are dedicated to honest, engaged, informed, intelligent, and open conversation about adoption. The opinions expressed here may not reflect the views of Adoption.com.