Before applying to adopt, one should learn about adoption by reading books and articles. It is vital to decide if you wish to adopt domestically or internationally. The media has brought much attention to international adoption; however one should be aware of the dire needs of children in the States who are in need of comfort, love and understanding. To grow up in an orphanage or to be bounced around from foster home to foster home can be absolutely devastating to the mental health and wellbeing of a child. To have a permanent home with parents who have chosen them, can make an immeasurable difference in a child’s life.
One should carefully select an adoption agency before applying to adopt. It is often the law that you will need to work with an agency in the state that you live in. There are more than one, so before applying to adopt, it is best to contact as many agencies as you can. You should ask about adoption fees, what their process is to assess families and how long a typical adoption will take from start to finish. You will not need a lawyer before applying to adopt, however you may want to check if an agency is licensed by your state to legally be able to provide adoption services.
The next step is usually a Homestudy. A Homestudy is a series of meetings that will take place between perspective adopters and the agency. This will be a large part of the approval process. It will offer you a lot of information regarding parenting. In addition, it is at this time that you will need to provide documents such as your birth certificate, marriage license if you are wed, a child abuse clearance paper that proves you have never had this type of charge against you and personal references to your character. These meetings will sometimes be in your home, so that the agency can see where they child would be living.
Once the Homestudy is done, you can begin your search of a child, baby or teenager that is in need of love and guidance. The agency that you work with will be searching for you, but you can take initiative as well, and conduct searches. When you do locate a child that you feel would be a great match, your home study will be sent to the child’s case worker. You can also request to have a profile of the child, which will give you more information. You must be prepared to have some patience during this process. It is the goal of the caseworkers and agencies to ensure a perfect match for the sake of the child.
You should learn all that you can about the child that you wish to adopt and then you can meet with that child. There is usually one or two mandatory visits before an adoption can take place. If this seems to be the child for you, a bit of more paperwork will need to be done. If approved, you will be given an exact date of when the child will come to live with you. The adoption will be finalized a few months later. A person who is successful in this process should know that they are true heroes to the children in need.