You want to adopt, but you aren’t sure where to start. There are all these choices to make. The whole process seems pretty overwhelming, and you feel lost. You aren’t alone. Consider utilizing the assistance of an adoption agency. They can assist you with the many details within the adoption process, including helping you wade through the paperwork and providing you with excellent resources that will make the journey less confusing.
At Adoption Choices of New York, you benefit from our relationships with Adoption Choices of Colorado and Nevada, and additional ones we hold with other agencies and attorneys across the United States. We offer assistance and connect you with leading professionals and staff members in the adoption community who are devoted and committed to serving birth parents, adoptive parents and children with the best and most supportive experience possible.
With over fourteen years’ experience, our adept team of professionals are happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. Working with an adoption agency will truly help ease the stress of the adoption process, and provide you with step-by-step navigation through all the essential elements.
Licensed by the State
When working with an adoption agency, it’s both a benefit and a comfort knowing you are in good hands. Licensed by the state, your selected adoption agency must adhere to state law, which means annual review by state government officials. This assures that the agency is always in compliance with the state’s current adoption laws. Additionally, being so closely aligned with state law means that the agency employs only the best professionals. Those who are trained and experienced in not only completing adoptions, but the ins and outs of the adoption process itself.
Licensed adoption agencies are committed to the health and safety of all parties involved — birth parents, adoptive parents and the adoptees. Through interviews, background checks and home studies, adoption professionals and caseworkers make sure that everything goes smoothly, that children are placed with the family best suited for them — and that the adoptive parents are well prepared and educated before the child is welcomed into the home.
Adoption agencies also provide you with the opportunity to speak with a professional in person. In our current world of technology, face-to-face communications seem abnormal. Especially if you are close to your adoption agency, this is a huge benefit. Speaking over the phone is a great second best, but nothing beats having a conversation with someone face-to-face. Particularly if or when you’re nervous or apprehensive about the process. Sitting down across from a smiling adoption professional, equipped and trained, and being able to ask questions and voice concerns goes a long way.
With local adoption agencies, there’s also a chance that you’ll get to personally meet with a prospective birth mother. National adoption agencies do not share this benefit, and usually conduct this aspect over the phone via an outsourced social worker because your matched birth mother could be from out of state. The benefit of working with a local or regional adoption agency is that everything happens in closer proximity, which, in turn, cuts back on travel expenses.
Proactive in Journey
Perhaps the greatest benefit of working with an adoption agency is that you’ll have their assistance every step of the way. From beginning to end. Adoption professionals are there to support and guide you from the first call, to the application process and beyond.
Adoption agencies are very proactive and take the entire process seriously. Trained and experienced professionals work with dedication, compassion and care for any and all prospective adoptive parents, birth parents and children. They will ensure that all parental rights, including that of the birth father, are handled in a professional and legal manner.
Another way adoption agencies are proactive is through counseling services — both prior and post adoption. These sessions can provide extra support and guidance for prospective adoptive parents and birth parents to help them navigate through their emotions. In some cases, counseling may even be offered to the adoptee being placed. Be sure to ask your local adoption agency what counseling services are available.
Make an Impact
Adoption Choices, Inc. is partnering with Crowd Rise, a fundraising website for nonprofits, to help our adoptive parents and birth parents with much needed financial assistance. We understand that expenses keep clients from fulfilling their dreams. Both with birth parents making a plan for adoption, and with adoptive parents growing their family. It is our mission to provide financial assistance through grants and scholarships, awarded annually in November, in honor of National Adoption Month. Funds assist adoptive parents with matching and placements, adoption finalization and helping birth mothers improve their lives through higher education — and much more. But, we can’t do it alone. Please read up on our programs and donate money where you are able. Your donation will make a huge impact.
Adoption Choices of New York
With Adoption Choices of New York, you have access to a wealth of information on our resource page. Links regarding other adoption agencies, financial assistance programs, and resources specifically for adoptive parents — just to name a few.
For more information on adoption or if you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us here at Adoption Choices of New York.
About the Author
Rachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.
In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history with adoption, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Adoption Choices Inc.
When Rachel isn’t haunting her local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, she’s avidly pouring over her Writer’s Digest subscription or cozying up with a cup of tea and book. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.
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