Somewhere out there, the life of one little boy or girl is going to change forever because of you and your decision to adopt. After going through the application and home study process, the next step ahead is to find your child, and that starts with choosing the right adoption agency.
There are several things that you should keep in mind when choosing an adoption agency in order to select one that can meet your needs and match your personality.
Support Throughout the Process
Adoption is a long legal process, and it can be emotionally taxing as you anticipate the arrival of your child. You want to choose an agency whose staff will patiently walk you through each step and make themselves available to you as you have questions and concerns. Meet the staff members and get a sense of whether you would enjoy working with them or not. For example, you can learn a lot in the early stages of your inquiry by noticing how quickly (and thoroughly) your emails and phone calls are answered.
Post-Adoption Support and Counseling
The process doesn’t end when your child goes home with you. There’s a period of integration as the child becomes a part of your family. Post-placement supervision ensures that everyone is adjusting and happy with the arrangement. If that adjustment period is especially challenging, perhaps due to being first-time parents or having other children who aren’t adapting well, it’s important to know you can get your questions answered and find resources that can help you through that time. Adoption Choices of New York, for example, is always available to answer your questions, even after your adoption has been finalized.
Your home study is prepared by a social worker after your home visit, family interviews, medical records, and other documents have been gathered. This will be referenced throughout the adoption process by attorneys, state offices, and adoption agencies. By choosing an agency who offers this service directly, you can streamline your adoption process.
It’s important for a biological mother to have the opportunity to place her child with a family of her choice. This helps the mother feel more confident about placing her child for adoption, knowing the baby is going to a nurturing, loving family. Families are carefully screened before being matched with a child. Likewise, it’s important for adoptive parents to know about the birth mother, particularly when it comes to health or medical issues that may impact the child.
At Adoption Choices of New York, you provide a thorough profile about your family, complete with photos and information about your background, career, and hobbies; the biological mother reads these profiles and chooses a family for her baby after the adoptive family has agreed to a match.
Choosing an agency that provides thorough screenings and thoughtful matching helps ensure a successful adoption.
Values and Affiliations
Perhaps you’d like to work with an agency with a particular religious affiliation, for example. It’s important to keep in mind that even agencies that don’t have such an affiliation can still offer the opportunity to find a birth mother who shares your religious ideals.
Nonprofit or For-Profit
Although Adoption Choices of New York is a nonprofit agency, we acknowledge that both types of agencies can offer outstanding service at an appropriate cost. What’s more important is how the agency supports you throughout the adoption process. You want to choose someone whose main goal is to provide the best possible outcome for biological parents, adoptive parents, and children.
License and Experience
It’s important to make sure you’re working with a legitimate agency; you can contact the Better Business Bureau and network with other adoptive parents to make sure your chosen agency has a good reputation. Staff members should be experienced with social work and the adoption process.
Of course, we would love to work with you, but what we want most is for you to find the agency that feels like the right fit for your family. Contact us to learn more about how we can support you throughout the entire adoption process.