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.