youve heard about how impossible or hard it is to adopt. Today adoption is an option
for people of all backgrounds and lifestyles.
you want to adopt a baby, an older child, a child with special needs or a child of another
race. There are all kinds of children out there who need families.
||If you want to
adopt your child from the U.S., make sure you understand the adoption laws in your state.
international adoption. Thousands of children worldwide need parents.
If youd like to pursue international adoption, there are specialized adoption
agencies that can help you.
||Do your homework.
Find agencies and adoption experts in your area. Ask for brochures or handouts. Attend
seminars. Join local adoptive parent support groups.
family, colleagues, physicians and everyone else that you want to adopt. Ask them to think
of you if they hear of anyone who may want a child adopted.
adoption agency or attorney that you are thinking about using. Ask for references and
check to see if any complaints have been made. Maintain a healthy skepticism.
||Keep your cool
during the home study investigation. Remember that no parents are perfect. Use the
experience as an exercise in self-exploration.
||When you hear
about a child you might adopt, ask questions about the childs health and early life
experiences. Learn as much as you can about the birth parents.
arrives! Congratulations! Enjoy parenting and your new life together.
||From The Complete Idiots
Guide to Adoption (Alpha Books, 1998),
by Chris Adamec. Adamec is also the author of The Adoption Option: Complete
Handbook, 2000 2001
(Prima Publications 1999).