Choosing an Adoption Professional

When choosing an adoption professional to work with, there are many things you need to consider.

In this blog, you will be taken through the steps of finding the right professional to work with but first, here are the basics/services an adoption profession should offer you and things to look out for:

  • Exploring all of your options and respecting your decision process.
    • Do not work with an adoption professional that make you feel like you are being forced into a decision.
  • Knowledge of the adoption process and state laws and procedures.
    • ICWA, interstate adoption laws, birthfather consent, etc.
  • Adoption professionals should have resources and connections to help you.
    • Legal resources, attorneys, etc.
    • A wide selection of adoptive families that fit your preferences.
      • If you are not religious, do not work with a religion-based adoption professional.
      • Ask if the adoption professional only works with open or closed adoptions.
    • Ask if the will protect your privacy.
    • Tell you about resources if available to you.
      • Medicaid, food stamps, relocation, etc.
    • Be a support system for you
      • Be available to you 24/7.
      • Answer your calls and texts.
      • Answer any questions you have.
      • Make sure you feel comfortable in every step of the adoption process.

 

Follow these steps to find the right adoption professional for you:

  1. Find out if they are a creditable adoption service.

Adoption Professionals Providing Referrals

Questions to ask:

  • How long have you been working in the adoption field?
  • What process do you do in order to decide to work with your prospective adoptive parents?
  • Can you provide me with referrals of birthmothers who have placed with you?

Adopt Connect has been established for 8 years and has gained quality experience and resources in every state.

All of our families who are looking to adopt have been screened through criminal background checks and have met state licensing requirements for adoption.

We have a long list of birthparents who have placed with us and would be happy to share their experiences with you.

  1. Find out if your preferences match the type of service they will provide.

Concentrated Couple Researching Adoption Professionals

Questions to ask:

  • Do you have a wide selection of adoptive families that fit my preferences?
    • Religion, race, open or closed adoptions, etc.?

Adopt Connect can offer you more choices than other adoption services.

Because we network with several attorneys and licensed adoption agencies, you will have access to hundreds of families that are hoping to adopt, rather than being limited to a small number of families that any one particular service has available.

We will facilitate the kind of adoption you want.

We have hundreds of families who are more than happy to have direct communication—and even visit in person—with you throughout your pregnancy and after.

  1. Ask what services they offer and resources they have.

Adoption Professional Answering Questions

Questions to ask:

  • What types of services do you offer?
  • Will you help pay expenses?
    • Medical expenses, legal fees, housing expenses, etc.?

Adopt Connect’s services are completely confidential.

All information you discuss with us is kept strictly private.

Our Adoption Coordinators will help you with creating an adoption plan with exactly what you want out of the adoption.

Although every state’s adoption laws are different, we can generally get you help with adoption-related medical and living expenses (including bills, groceries, cellphone, and transportation).

We can help you with emergency housing and/or relocation if you need housing assistance or are homeless.

 

  1. Find out about their adoption process and how involved you will be.

Couple Researching Adoption Professionals

Questions to ask:

  • What is the process like in selecting the family who will adopt my child?

At Adopt Connect you are COMPLETELY in charge of the decision process.

We provide you with adoptive families that fit your preferences.

Adoptive family profiles are provided for every family we work with.

Conference calls with families are provided if you wish.

 

  1. Find out if they have knowledge of state laws and procedures.

Laws Provided by Adoption Professionals

Questions to ask:

  • How will you handle obtaining the consent of the baby’s father?
  • Are you aware of ICWA, Interstate Adoption Laws, etc.?

Adopt Connect will provide you with knowledge of adoption laws.

This includes birthfather consent, ICWA, Interstate Adoption Laws, and Finalization Laws.

For more information on ICWA click here.

 

  1. Get a feel if they seem genuine, supportive, and respectful.

Shaking Hands After Meeting Adoption Professional

Questions to ask:

  • How available will you be if I need you?
  • Do I have to make a decision right away?

Adopt Connect is always available 24/7 to provide personal and confidential support.

We believe that a freely-made, informed choice results in the best outcomes for birth mothers and their children.

We will never pressure you into adopting or not adopting.

We provide referrals to free professional adoption counseling prior to, during, and after placement for adoption.

 

When you are searching for an adoption professional be prepared to ask questions. Adopt Connect is prepared to give you answers to your questions, information about all of your options and a clear understanding of the adoption process. We want to make this process as stress-free as possible.

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