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What to Know About Adoption

Choosing to adopt a child is a big and important decision that can significantly impact the dynamic of your family. It is also an incredible opportunity to help a child in need of a loving home and to add another loved one into your life. However, the process to adopt a child is often long and complicated, so it is essential that you are fully prepared for what is ahead. Finding the right information to inform your decision can be difficult, but the childcare specialists at The Bump have created an article focused on adoption to help you get started.  Although this is not all of the information you may need, it can help you prepare for the journey that is ahead.

There are some different ways you can go about adopting a child in the United States. Each of these options come with a myriad of choices and decisions you must make about how you will adopt, the relationship you choose to have with the birth family, and how you will fund your adoption. Of these decisions, the first choice you must make is on the adoption path. This will determine how you will go about finding the child that is the perfect addition to your family. The three most common paths families choose include:

  • Finding an agency: this is a relatively stable process that will locate children that are ready to be adopted. They also offer pre- adoption counseling and ensure that the child is the right fit for your family
  • Hiring a lawyer: this is the option that provides the most freedom in locating potential birth families. An attorney can help you find potential matches and manage the legal requirements of adopting
  • Entering the foster system: this path allows you to help children find the comfort and love they need while they are a part of the foster system. Families that choose this route must go through a training program and home inspection before they can take on the role of a foster parent.

After you have decided on the path you wish to take, you must also determine whether you would like to pursue a closed or open adoption. Although closed adoptions are still possible, they are far less common than in the past. A lawyer can help you understand the different rights you may offer to the birth family and how that will affect your rights as a parent.

Adoption is the right choice for many families across the United States, and whether you live in Washington, California, Maine, or Texas, a loving family is a loving family. If you have chosen to adopt, you are about to undertake a rewarding experience, and no matter the path you choose you will make the adoption choices that are right for you and your loved ones. Nevertheless, this experience is still confusing and often frustrating, and you may be concerned that you do not know what to do next. A trusted family lawyer, such as Holmes Diggs & Sadler, can help you understand your rights and help guide you through this process.