Hopeful Adoptive Parents
WHAT THE ADOPTION PROCESS LOOKS LIKE
How exciting! You’re preparing to adopt, and that’s a happy feeling. But there are still questions, right? Being new to adoption, you may not even know what questions to ask to get you started. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Adoption California loves adoptive parents. And birth mothers. And adoptees! We know the adoption process can seem laborious and long, even discouraging at times. But we’ll handle the legal documents, and keep you fully informed in the process.
Here’s what you can expect, and what you should plan for throughout your journey:
Choose to adopt, then choose what type of adoption you want.
Are you adopting an infant here in California? Would you like a completely open adoption with the birth parents? Do you plan to have a relationship with the birth mother, or are you hoping just to send updates so she can see how her child is growing and learning? Working with your Adoption California professional, consider all of your options, and be open for negotiation when you’re selected by a birth mother and matched with your baby.
Plan for your finances to cover adoption expenses.
Have you been saving for years and you’re ready for the expense? Does your company help cover a portion of adoption expenses? Are you looking into fundraising or do you have family or friends who want to help out? Have you considered applying for a low-interest adoption loan?
Get in contact with an agency to begin the paperwork for the home study process.
Adoption California will put you in touch with an adoption agency to prepare a pre-placement home study even before you have been matched. It’s best to get this done before you have been selected by a birth mother, because the home study will provide assurances to the birth mother that you are the right family for her child. .
Once you’re matched with your child, communicate with the expectant mother.
Your communication should include discussion about how open the adoption will be. Be sure to talk about specifics so there are no misunderstandings.
Work with your Adoption California professional to file the petition to adopt and finalize the adoption.
Because you’re with Adoption California, you needn’t worry about finding the correct paperwork or filing legal papers correctly. Your attorney will do that for you!
Enjoy your growing family!
Congratulations! You’ve successfully navigated the adoption process and you have a beautiful family to show for it!
You may want to connect with other adoptive parents, maybe even join a support group, as you move ahead in parenting. There is strength in numbers, and those who have been adoptive parents for some time now will understand your feelings, your changing emotions, and your sleeplessness!
This content is for informational purposes only, should not be considered or relied upon as legal advice, and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship.