You found yourself wanting to adopt a child, but now what? My
first recommendation is to find yourself an adoption agency. If you are unsure where to go, you can always
try a local church, they usually have information on local agencies. Or you can
check out: adoptionagency.com to find an agency close to you. I will also point
out that you should feel comfortable with your agency work, usually called a
social worker. The adoption process is
very personal and covers a lot of emotions, so being comfortable with your
worker is extremely important.
You should also be prepared for what will seem like an endless
amount of paperwork! Background checks, personal information, letters of recommendations,
etc. It will seem like it will never end, but it will. Take it one
application/paper at a time. It will all come together in the end.
You will also need to complete a home study. The home study includes
a visit to your house to make sure your home is ready to welcome a child in to.
You will also need to make sure it is safe. In order to be prepared for that,
make sure you have working smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers,
outlet covers and plenty of safety measures.
In any event, make sure to enjoy the journey, it really is a