Adapted from an article by Deborah Borchers, M.D.
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.
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?”
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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.
How can I work with my child’s health care provider to make sure my child gets the best possible care?
What is an adoption assistance program?
Our child’s referral says he has asthma. How will this affect him? What can we do to optimize his care?
How to assess a newly adopted child's nutritional status and get a malnourished child's growth on track.
It’s home study day and I’m not perfect yet.
A list of lists to help you through the adoption process and wait.
Yes, it’s about your new family. But don’t forget to focus on your work life, too.
After years of disappointment, adopting couples have a hard time believing that parenthood is just around the corner. But now is the time to get ready.