All About Adoptive Parents
By Syd Sukalski
Unplanned pregnancy? Are you considering adoption and concerned about where your child will end up if you decide to place your baby for adoption? We’re about to ease your mind. If you have questions about your baby’s adoptive parents, who they are, and what the adoption process will look like for them, you are in the right place.
Adoption Choices of New York wants to help you with your New York adoption plan. Our kind, courteous professionals have your best interests at heart. So, if you’re considering putting your baby up for adoption or if you have some questions about the New York adoption process, give us a call or check out our adoption agencies in NYC to get started.
Now, let’s talk about the potential adoptive parents of your child.
What is Adoption?
An adoption is a legal contract that grants the custody of your biological child to another parent or set of parents. But, really, it’s a lot more. Adoption allows everyone involved a better life and a new chance. For you, it might mean continuing your education or career. For your baby, it might mean opportunities they may not have otherwise had. As for the adoptive parents, it could mean any number of things, but mostly, it just means completing their family.
Who are the Adoptive Parents?
That depends on you! Depending on the type of adoption you choose, you will get to select the parents who will adopt your child. But, more broadly, the adoptive parents will be pre-screened candidates who have proven that they can give your baby a good life.
You might choose a family for any number of reasons. Maybe you prefer that your child be part of a family from a specific cultural background, religion, or lifestyle, or the parenting style, discipline, and values might be most important to you. No matter the case, these are all things you will get to take into consideration when you place your child for adoption.
Who Chooses to Adopt? Why?
Anyone can choose to adopt. Sometimes, it’s a same-sex couple or a young couple who can’t have children. Sometimes, it’s an older couple who wants to raise another child. Occasionally, it’s a family which already has a few children, wants another, and decides to adopt. There are all sorts of reasons why people choose to adopt a child, but one thing always remains the same. They want to love a child and build a family. By placing your child for adoption, you help them achieve this goal and give your child a life filled with love and opportunities.
What Does the Adoption Process Look Like For the Adoptive Parents?
If you are wondering what the adoption process will look like for the adoptive parents of your child, here is a quick overview:
- First Inquiry – At this time, a prospective adoptive family will express their interest in adoption to their local adoption agency. An adoption coordinator will take their case.
- Home Study – This is when an adoption official will determine whether or not the prospective adoptive family is prepared to adopt. This study is a legal requirement and includes interviews with all family members and an assessment of the living space, financial stability, background checks, and more.
- Creating a Profile – Here, the prospective adoptive parents will design the profile you see when determining which family you want to adopt your child.
- Matching – Now, you and the prospective adoptive family will “match,” and you will get to meet with them, so you can all make sure it’s a good fit.
- Placement – This usually happens 48 hours after you give birth to your child and everyone has signed all of the pertinent legal documents
- Post-Placement Review – After the placement, a social worker will check in on your biological child and their parents to ensure everything is going well.
- Finalization – At a hearing, your child’s parents will receive permanent legal custody of your birth child.
FAQs About Adoptive Parents
Here are some other frequently asked questions (and answers!) about adoptive parents:
- Q: When will the adoptive family take the baby home?
- A: Usually, about two days after the baby is born.
- Q: Can I choose the adoptive family?
- A: Yes, in open and semi-open adoptions, the birth mother gets to choose the family who will adopt her child.
- Q: Will I have contact with my child and the adoptive parents after the adoption?
- A: It depends on the type of adoption you choose. Open adoption allows direct contact with your birth child’s parents. A semi-open adoption allows communication through your NY adoption agency. In a closed adoption, you will not have a contact at all.
- Q: Will the adoptive parents know who I am?
- A: Not if you don’t want them to.
We know adopting out your baby can be a confusing process, and you probably have a lot of concerns about where your birth child goes following their adoption. But, even if you choose a closed adoption or prefer not to select the adoptive family yourself, you can be confident that your birth child will go to a good and loving home.
If you have any further questions about your child’s adoptive parents or your adoption plan, Adoption Choices of New York is available to assist you. Check out our adoption agencies in NYC or our adoption agencies in Albany to get started. You can also call, text, or email us; we are here for you!
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