The homestudy is a stressful experience for any prospective adoptive parent, but it can be especially nerve-wracking for those with health concerns or youthful indiscretions. Our readers offer advice on getting through this stage of the adoption process.
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.
In the days leading up to a second adoption, a mother worries: Are we about to turn our lives upside down? How will our daughter handle losing her position at the center of our attention? Will I be able to make room in my heart for another child?
One woman'It's been almost five months and my husband and I are still in labor. The pregnancy was even longer-twelve months. When will this baby come, we ask ourselves.
Parents share their experiences of celebrating the holidays while still waiting for their adoptions to be finalized.
Real parents share how they prepared for the adoption home study visit with a social worker, offering helpful tips and some funny stories.
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Waiting to adopt is hard, especially when the wait stretches on for years. Real parents share the words that comforted them and got them through their waits.
Hepatitis B is a contagious virus that can be passed from a mother to a baby at or around the time of birth. It can also be passed from one child to another in an orphanage, through blood or body fluids.
Adapted from an article by Deborah Borchers, M.D.
View the replay of the “Adopting When You’re Already Parenting” webinar. Beth Friedberg, LCSW, explore questions that arise the second time around, from deciding on birth order to preparing your child for a sibling, and more.
“We’re just beginning the adoption process, and are waffling between excitement—and terror. Is this normal?”
Make sure your infant or toddler is getting the care he needs.
Take steps to babyproof your home now—before your baby is able to get into trouble.
What kind of referral information will I receive about a child available for adoption, and how do I assess it?
My wife has ongoing health problems, but they are not debilitating. Will this be a factor in the home study?
When I was a teenager, I was convicted of driving under the influence. It was a long time ago and I am long past those drinking days. Do I need to tell the social worker about it?
I am thinking about adopting, but the idea of a home study makes me nervous. What is it, and do I need to be concerned?
We just completed our profile for potential birth mothers, and our agency told us to start expecting calls. How do we handle those first conversations?
I’m worried that my lack of a relationship with any family members will negatively affect our impending home study report.
“Can prospective adoptive parents and birth family share an attorney?” A legal adoption expert explains.