Adoption is a wonderful way to grow a family, but it is not a short or simple process. If you're planning to adopt in the near future, it is important to know as much as possible about the adoption process before you start. Continue reading to learn more about what to expect during the adoption process:
Working with an Adoption Agency
While some parents going through the adoption process opt for a private adoption and work with an adoption attorney, many choose to work with a reputable adoption agency. It is important to take your time and select an adoption agency that you trust and feel comfortable working with. Also keep in mind what type of adoption you want-- some adoption agencies specialize in domestic adoption while others focus on international adoptions.
Get Ready for Your Home Study
Before you can be approved to adopt a child, you must undergo a full home study. During a home study, you will be required to submit documentation relating to your home situation, finances, and you health. After you have submitted all of the required paper work, a social worker will visit your home and interview to interview you and other family members living in the home. Your adoption agency will be available to assist you with the preparation for your home study.
Understand the Expenses
Adoption fees can vary greatly depending on a number of things, such as whether it is a domestic or international adoption and whether there are travel expenses involved. If you're doing a private domestic adoption of a newborn, you may need to cover some or all of the biological mother's health care costs. As you prepare for the adoption process, it is important to understand how much an adoption costs so you can ensure that you have enough money in savings to cover all possible fees that may arise.
In most cases, adoption is not a fast process. If you're planning on a domestic adoption, it can take more than a year for an adoption to be finalized since several state agencies may be involved. An international adoption can take even longer to finalize, since all of your documentation must be reviewed by government agencies in the country where you're adopting a child from. When you're adopting, on of the best things you can do is learn to be patient and continue telling yourself that your child is on his or her way.