• 6 Things To Keep In Mind When Preparing for Adoption

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    The process of adoption can seem very opaque and challenging for some people, but that’s only because there are so many different avenues available to find your child.  The adoption agency format is one of those ways.

    Making your adoption process as low stress and seamless as possible is one of the things the adoption agency you work with should do.  However, it has been known from time to time to happen that the agency is not staffed appropriately to give the right levels of communication to the birth and adoptive parents.

    For this reason, here are some of the things that an adopting couple should expect when they are entering into the adoption system.

    1. When adopting through the US Foster Care System, the adoptive parents will reach out to an adoption agency and attend an informational orientation session.
    2. Should the agency and adoption in general seem to be a good fit, the agency will provide the parents to be with an application. This will require a great deal of information and should be filled out as completely as possible.  It will be used to approve the adoptive family.  Any questions about the application should be directed to the adoption agency.
    3. There is generally some training that follows on with the agency of choice.
    4. A home study is completed by the adoption agency. This home study evaluates the adoptive parents’ ability to serve a child, and the resources available to support the new family. It may be necessary to make home improvements in order to accommodate the new child.
    5. Approval to adopt normally takes about six months, with all of the above setps comprising the majority of the time it takes. However, there are some applications and some states where things can happen more quickly.
    6. Once an application has been accepted, it’s time to think about the child. There are families who know precisely the kind of kid they would work best with, and some who are less sure.  Working with a talented, experienced adoption counselor is one of the ways to ensure that there is a solid fit.

     

  • Thinking About Adopting Overseas? Here’s What You Should Know

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    While it’s not the easiest thing to do, many parents decide to bring a child to the United States via adoption.  There are laws in the home country that may impact a couple’s private arrangement, so working with an adoption agency with international resources is probably the way to go in this situation.

    Doing it yourself is too dangerous, and there’s too much at risk when a child’s developmental stability is considered.

    In 2011, over 50,000 children were adopted through the United States foster care system.  This system allows children in the United States to be placed with adoptive families after getting to know them and testing out the living situation through foster care.

    There were just under 10,000 children adopted into the United States from foreign countries in the same year.  While it was true for decades that Americans had an easier, perhaps less costly option in adopting a child from an external country, and while many biological parents of children in developing countries would readily allow their child to be adopted by a United States couple, there have been limits placed on the ability to “trade” children across international borders.

    departmentseal2The United States Department of State has focused on women’s health, which includes the human rights of women and their children, and the desire of the government organization to provide fair and just representation to those inside and outside the US is admirable.

    The average adoption process takes about one year when it’s initiated from inside the US Foster Care system.  The average international adoption takes anywhere between 79 days and two years, because international laws can vary so significantly.

    In the US Foster Care system, most adoptive parents do not pay fees or other costs associated to the adoption.  However, international adoption can cost anywhere from nothing at all to approximately $65,000, depending on the home country’s laws.

  • All You Have to Know About Adopting in the US

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    Adoption in the United States can be tricky because it’s a heavily regulated process on multiple levels.  Different states have different laws, there are federal laws that regulate out of country and in country adoptions, and there are even county and city laws in some cases.

    There have been a lot of advances in recent years which have allowed various adoptive parents to leverage the programs and resources available to become parents.  In addition, birth parents are able to feel safer than ever in their rights, because they are getting clearer and more direct communication from agencies, or private adoption brokers, or their adoptive family directly.

    Overall, technology has been a big boon to the adoption industry, and there are days ahead when every child can be easily seen to be matched with just the right adoptive couple.

    The time-frames for adoptive parents often surprise people.  It can take up to one year after registering with an adoption agency for an adoptive parent or parents to receive a placement of an appropriate child.  The agency a parent chooses to work with, and the state location can significantly vary this time estimate, but it’s a good rule of thumb.

    Most adoptive parents take the first step toward adoption by reaching out to an adoption agency. This is a good informational move, because even if this parent doesn’t decide to go forward with their adoption at the moment, they will be better informed in the future.

    Be aware, though, that the laws can change quickly and if a briefing session was attended more than eighteen months ago, a refresh should be undertaken.

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