How to Adopt a Child
A plenty of people all over the world are trying to conceive, but not everyone succeeds. For a person who always wanted a family, children and grandchildren, barrenness is one of the most horrible things in the world. Normally, families that are eager to have a baby will do anything to adopt. To do that, they need to know basic requirements they should meet in order to become parents. In the United States of America there are three ways to adopt a child (more about it below).
Private domestic adoption - when a child is adopted within the US. If this is the kind of adoption you are looking for, then you may contact one of the private adoption agencies all over the country.
Foster care adoption - when a child is placed in an institution or a private home where a caregiver looks after him. A foster parent is paid for taking care of a child. Foster care is only a temporary solution before the final adoption decision is made.
International adoption - adopting children from outside the US. Usually people looking to adopt foreign children work with adoption agencies that contact other agencies from abroad.
You can read more about these kinds of adoption if you are interested in details. Once a child is adopted, adoptive parents get the rights and responsibilities that are identical to those of biological parents. Before the adoption, people who are looking to adopt have to go through home study. Home study helps to see if parents-to-be are ready to adopt. Requirements may vary from state to state, depending on the type of adoption.
The home study implies: pre-service training. It usually takes about 30 hours and helps adoptive parents learn more about adoption and realize if they are ready for that: if it is the right thing for them to do. It also helps them to get ready for all the difficulties and responsibilities that are going to follow the adoption.
Home visit and interviews
Resource Family Worker is going to interview each parent-to-be individually and together. Home visit will help the Resource Family Worker to see if the house a child is going to be living in meets all the requirements and standards. This is why you should carefully think through where the nursery will be or where the crib will go. If you have mold or some other problems, then you need to take care of it.
Prepare personal, employment, school, child care and medical references. All the references are extremely important.
Approval and License
You need to be licensed by the Office of Licensing, where the Resource Family Worker forwards sends the home study to.
This is believed to be the hardest part, because you never know how long it can take. If you are lucky - just a couple of months, if not - you can wait for years. Waiting period may depend on the type of adoption, or on the ability of the potential family to meet child's needs.
- Don't give up and don't despair. Remember - there is nothing impossible for a willing heart.
- Don't jeopardize you career or family when you are planning on adopting - it can ruin everything.
Be thorough and patient, don't give up. There is a lot of paper work to do, a lot of waiting and wondering - the hardest part. The more patient and careful you are, the bigger the chance you will get a baby very soon. We wish you luck from the bottom of our hearts.
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