Picking an adoption agency is a difficult process that is well worth it in the end. When you have made the decision that you are ready to adopt, the next step is finding the right adoption agency. Choosing an agency requires a lot of research to ensure you choose the perfect organization for your needs.
When you set out to find an adoption agency, there are a number of aspects to consider. Follow our guide for picking a trusted adoption agency!
After you decide on adoption, your next step should be learning everything you can about adoption from magazines, books and online sources. Find out what type of adoption you want (open or closed, domestic or international) and research local agencies that can fulfill your needs. Once you find a good match, set up an appointment and prepare with the proper questions!
Ask The Right Questions
Some of the basic questions you can ask is how long the agency has been in business, what laws and guidelines they follow, and where they get their information. Here are some other great questions to consider:
• How many children did you place last year?
• How are prospective parents matched with expectant mothers?
• How are birth mother expenses handled?
• Do you offer counseling to expected mothers?
• What happens if an expectant mother match falls through?
• What if the adoption doesn’t work out?
Know The Fees and Guidelines
Your prospective agency should provide a contract that spells out the responsibilities required of both parties (the adoptive parents and the agency). Knowing what fees will be charged, what services will be provided, and what support is given to birth mothers will have an overall impact on your decision. Be aware if a company does not offer a legal agreement or asks for payment in advance.
At ABC for Adoption, we understand that adoption can be a long and difficult process. We are here to make adoption run smoothly for all parties involved. As a licensed not-for-profit agency, it is our goal to guide you through the application process and help you navigate adoption programs. Working directly with birth parents, we aim to facilitate successful placements for each of our adoptive couples.
To learn more about ABC For Adoption and our adoption process, give us a call at 847-821-2901.