What is the adoption process?

What is the adoption process?

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    First realize that the adoption process is not for the faint of heart. The regulations are ridged to protect the children waiting to be adopted. Everything done is for their good, and the tediousness of the process will be worth it all in the end.

    Once you have determined that you are emotionally and financially ready to adopt, you should decide what kind of adoption you would like. A few general choices are domestic, international, and foster care. However, inside each of these are several categories such as, infant, older child, special needs, and sibling  groups. Consult an adoption lawyer or a reputable adoption agency to help you  decide what could be best for you. These trained professionals will know the regulations for the state in which you live and help you navigate the intense amount of paperwork that goes with the adoption process. They will let you know the deadlines that you will need to meet and keep your process on task. You will most likely need background checks, medical exams, proof of financial stability, and a home study. Each piece of paperwork or background check or medical record will be kept in their files so that they can write the recommendation for adoption for the judge to review and eventually sign.

    In the midst of thinking about paperwork and deadlines, don’t forget to think about funding your adoption. Though most grants and loans require a completed home study before you can submit them for consideration, you can start researching which grants apply to your situation and begin filling out the paperwork. When your home study is completed you can go ahead and submit all the paperwork at the same time!

    Through all the ups and downs of the adoption process, remember to keep the end goal in mind – giving a loving, forever home to a child who needs one.

     Here are a few websites for you to check out as you start your adoption process.

    adoptionagency.com

    adoptionagency.org

    adoption.com/guides

    adoption.com/international

    adopting.us

    adoptionfundraising.com

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