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Adoption is a great way to expand your family, but it is not a quick and easy process-- especially if you plan on a domestic adoption of a newborn. The better prepared you are and the more you know about what to expect, the less stressful the process will be. When doing a domestic adoption of a newborn, the following steps are taken:
Find a Reputable Adoption Agency
When you're interested in adopting a newborn, a reputable adoption agency is one of your best resources. It is a good idea to contact several adoption agencies to learn more about their fees, average waiting times, disruption rates, and what kind of support and guidance they provide to adoptive families.
Before you can be approved as a adoptive family, you will need to have a home study done. During a home study, a social worker will inspect your home and interview you, your spouse, and various family members to ensure that you are fit to become a parent. You will also need to undergo a criminal background check and submit financial records during the home study.
Adoptive Family Profiles
In most cases, birth mothers chose the family who will receive her baby, so it is important to have a complete adoptive family profile on file with your adoption agency. This profile will allow birth mothers to learn more about your family so she can imagine how the child's life may be like if he or she is adopted by you. Adoptive family profiles often involve a video of you and your family as well as print profile that includes pictures. You adoption agency will guide you through the process of creating a adoptive family profile.
Waiting for your Baby to Come
After you're on file as an adoptive family, there is no saying how long it may be before you get an adoption opportunity. It is often recommended that you try to continue on with your normal life and avoid telling too many people about your adoption plans until your opportunity arrives. This can help reduce stress and anxiety as you wait for your baby to come to you.
Finalizing the Adoption
After the baby is born, you will most likely be able to bring the baby home with you from the hospital. But it can take a little bit of time for the adoption to be formally finalized to give you full custody. There will be paperwork to complete, and you will need to appear in front of a judge to make the adoption official. For more information, talk to a professional like Texas Adoption Center.