Are you considering adoption? With the required paperwork and preparation, the adoption process can seem overwhelming, but you shouldn’t let it become an obstacle in growing your family. As you begin the process, remember every adoption journey looks different. Your journey is unique to your circumstances, and it’s important to take the time to understand the process in order to help you prepare for the road ahead.
May Take a Long Time
Typically, the wait time for adoption ranges from a couple of months to a few years. Depending on a wide range of factors, including the birthmother’s circumstances and your preferences, adoption may take more time than you initially expect. Be prepared to be as open and flexible as possible with your adoption plan to minimize your wait time.
A Home Study Is Required
A home study is required to legally adopt, and it includes assessments of your home such as background and employment checks, medical history examinations, home inspections, and the evaluation of an adoptive parent’s relationship. Many adoptive parents are also required to complete several education courses during a home study, but it’s meant to prepare you as a parent and ensure your home is safe and ready for your child.
Financial Assistance Is Available
From the travel, medical, legal, and paperwork fees, the cost of adoption can quickly add up, and many families find themselves in a tight financial situation. Finances shouldn’t get in the way of adoption, and many adoptive parents are relieved to know financial assistance is available. There are many resources out there for families who are tight on finances including loans and grants.
Birth Mothers Have Certain Rights
Birth mothers have certain rights throughout the adoption process, and these rights will direct what your adoption journey looks like. Every birth mother has the right to be treated with dignity and respect, choose an adoptive family for the child, and choose between an open, semi-open, or closed adoption. Some birth mothers may be highly involved throughout the process, and others may have an agency make decisions for them.
At New Beginnings, we’ve walked many birth mothers and adoptive parents through the adoption process. If you have questions about how the adoption works, contact us here, and our care team will answer any questions you may have.