Doing your homework helps you feel comfortable with your selection. How can you find that same comfort level when you hire an adoption professional? You probably have not done that before, and you may not know anyone else who has, either. You may not know what to ask for or how to get what you need.
Navigating the Adoption Process
Find expert guidance and personal stories on navigating the adoption process—from choosing your adoption agency or team of professionals to completing the home study to surviving the wait as a hopeful adoptive parent.
Our "adoption journey" was not an easy one. No, our road was bumpy and dark and full of unmarked turns that were gently referred to by our social workers as failed matches or changes of heart. With every disappointment we endured, I struggled with what I call the both/and—holding two conflicting feelings at once.
Adopting a third child so quickly wasn't part of our initial design. But I've learned that the best things happen when you least expect them.
When we first considered adoption, my husband and I discussed how much contact we were willing to have with the birth mother. We didn’t realize how close we’d become to the whole birth family.
Last September, after a Saturday morning of shopping with my mother, we stopped for a frozen yogurt. Around 12:15 P.M. I got a call from Kelly Jacobson, a contact at our agency. I presumed it was something volunteer related, as I had been helping out at the agency, so I calmly answered the phone.
After 10 years, my husband and I were starting to doubt we’d ever be parents. But when the phone rang, I knew it was “The Call.”
I always knew I wanted to grow my family through adoption.
Whether or not I believe in a higher being, and whether or not I frequent a house of worship, is a terrible predictor of what kind of parent I’ll be.
You’ve made the decision to adopt. How do you tell friends and family? Use the following letters as guides when composing your own.
After months of waiting, you finally get "the call." But is your home really ready for a baby?
My insurance company is refusing to cover medical expenses for my new child. Help!
Waiting can be brutal, but there are some benefits. Take it from someone who endured 30 months before she got to hold her son.
In an interstate domestic adoption, it’s not always clear-cut which state’s laws will apply to the process. An adoption attorney explains how to determine “choice of law.”
What is important when choosing an adoption pediatrician? Our adoption medicine expert has answers.
View the replay of a webinar with social worker Stella Gilgur-Cook, LCSW, to learn about the adoption home study process and hear answers to commonly asked questions from prospective adoptive parents.
Special rules may apply if a child you’re adopting has any Native American or Alaskan Native heritage. Here’s what prospective parents need to know about the Indian Child Welfare Act, and what steps to take if ICWA applies.
A white rocking chair helped us through many sleepless nights during the wait, and through many happy memories after we brought our son home.
We surveyed our reader’s feelings on specifying gender when adopting. Here’s what real adoptive parents had to say.
Finding an adoption professional can be difficult. Here are some tips to help with your research.
Even parents who adopt domestically need to travel. Are you ready for the journey?