Adopting Parents' Ultimate Guide to Adoption

Considering adoption or have already begun your adoption journey? The Adopting Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Adoption will walk you through every step of the domestic adoption process from A-Z. Adoption Network strives to educate adopting parents on what adoption involves so that your adoption journey can be as miraculous as it deserves to be!

What Does the Adoption Process Look Like?

When considering adoption, the process as a whole can seem a little overwhelming sometimes. This chapter provides a simple breakdown of each step of the adoption journey.
When considering adoption, the process as a whole can seem a little overwhelming sometimes. This chapter provides a simple breakdown of each step of the adoption journey.
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Am I Ready to Adopt?

Are you wondering whether you are ready to embark on your adoption journey? This chapter will get you started on some things to think about before taking your next step.
Are you wondering whether you are ready to embark on your adoption journey? This chapter will get you started on some things to think about before taking your next step.
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Where Do I Start?

You’ve already taken your first step in your adoption journey just by starting your research and stumbling upon this Adoption Guide! We know you have a lot of questions about the process and where to start. This chapter will help you learn the basics of beginning your adoption journey the right way.
You’ve already taken your first step in your adoption journey just by starting your research and stumbling upon this Adoption Guide! We know you have a lot of questions about the process and where to start. This chapter will help you learn the basics of beginning your adoption journey the right way.
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What Are the Requirements to Adopt?

One important step in beginning the adoption journey is finding out whether you are eligible to adopt a child. This chapter discusses the standard requirements in every adoption, such as the homestudy process, background checks, age, health status, and more.
One important step in beginning the adoption journey is finding out whether you are eligible to adopt a child. This chapter discusses the standard requirements in every adoption, such as the homestudy process, background checks, age, health status, and more.
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Is Private Infant Adoption Right For Me?

With many options out there on adopting a child, it’s important to know which option is right for you and your family. This chapter allows you to think about whether private infant adoption is the perfect fit.
With many options out there on adopting a child, it’s important to know which option is right for you and your family. This chapter allows you to think about whether private infant adoption is the perfect fit.
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How Do I Choose The Right Adoption Professional?

Trying to find the right adoption professional to walk you through your adoption journey can seem a bit stressful. When deciding which is the right organization to trust during this process, it is important to know what your options are, the different kinds of adoption professionals that are out there, pros and cons to those different kinds, and what questions to ask when vetting organizations. This chapter will educate you on what is out there and how to select the adoption professional that best suits your needs.
Trying to find the right adoption professional to walk you through your adoption journey can seem a bit stressful. When deciding which is the right organization to trust during this process, it is important to know what your options are, the different kinds of adoption professionals that are out there, pros and cons to those different kinds, and what questions to ask when vetting organizations. This chapter will educate you on what is out there and how to select the adoption professional that best suits your needs.
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What Are The Risks, and How Can I Protect Myself?

When beginning your adoption journey, it is important to know the risks that could potentially be involved. We’ve all heard scary stories about adoption scams and disruptions, which can lead an adopting family to further heartbreak and upset. This chapter will educate you on the potential risks in adoption and how to best protect yourself to avoid those risks.
When beginning your adoption journey, it is important to know the risks that could potentially be involved. We’ve all heard scary stories about adoption scams and disruptions, which can lead an adopting family to further heartbreak and upset. This chapter will educate you on the potential risks in adoption and how to best protect yourself to avoid those risks.
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How To Fill Out Your Adoption Application

No matter what kind of adoption you choose to do or the kind of adoption professional you choose to work with, you will have to fill out an application. This application will ask you to fill out a lot of questions regarding details such as: finances, religion, employment, previous marriages, and your adoption preferences. This chapter will guide you on why these questions are asked and how to answer them truthfully and thoroughly.
No matter what kind of adoption you choose to do or the kind of adoption professional you choose to work with, you will have to fill out an application. This application will ask you to fill out a lot of questions regarding details such as: finances, religion, employment, previous marriages, and your adoption preferences. This chapter will guide you on why these questions are asked and how to answer them truthfully and thoroughly.
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Wait Times

“How long do I have to wait to adopt a child?” This is probably the most common question asked by Adopting Parents. This chapter discusses the different variables that go into wait times, how you can minimize it, and how to best utilize that time.
“How long do I have to wait to adopt a child?” This is probably the most common question asked by Adopting Parents. This chapter discusses the different variables that go into wait times, how you can minimize it, and how to best utilize that time.
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Creating An Adoption Plan

When choosing adoption, every family has their own preferences of how they would like their adoption situation to be. For example, Adopting Parents generally have the choice of whether they would like to have an open adoption or closed adoption or whether they would like to adopt a boy or girl. This chapter discusses how to create an adoption plan that is right for you and your family.
When choosing adoption, every family has their own preferences of how they would like their adoption situation to be. For example, Adopting Parents generally have the choice of whether they would like to have an open adoption or closed adoption or whether they would like to adopt a boy or girl. This chapter discusses how to create an adoption plan that is right for you and your family.
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What Do I Need To Know About The Birth Parents?

When it comes to Birth Parents, there are some things Adopting Parents should know before beginning the adoption process… how are Birth Parents screened? what kind of relationship do you want with the Birth Parents? Do Birth Parents change their minds about adoption? What kind of details pertaining to medical history and health of the baby will you be able to receive? What is a Birth Mother scam? All these questions are answered in this chapter of your Adoption Guide.
When it comes to Birth Parents, there are some things Adopting Parents should know before beginning the adoption process… how are Birth Parents screened? what kind of relationship do you want with the Birth Parents? Do Birth Parents change their minds about adoption? What kind of details pertaining to medical history and health of the baby will you be able to receive? What is a Birth Mother scam? All these questions are answered in this chapter of your Adoption Guide.
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How Do I Share My Adoption Decision With Others?

How to tell your family and friends you are adopting is not always as clear or as easy for some Adopting Parents as it is for others. This chapter discusses how to tell your family friends of your decision and how to deal with certain questions and reactions from others.
How to tell your family and friends you are adopting is not always as clear or as easy for some Adopting Parents as it is for others. This chapter discusses how to tell your family friends of your decision and how to deal with certain questions and reactions from others.
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What Happens At The Hospital Before, During & After The Birth?

There are some things you can and should do to prepare for the birth of your baby. Adopting Parents should make sure that they are as prepared as possible for what happens at the hospital before, during and after the birth. This chapter helps navigate Adopting Parents through the hospital experience.
There are some things you can and should do to prepare for the birth of your baby. Adopting Parents should make sure that they are as prepared as possible for what happens at the hospital before, during and after the birth. This chapter helps navigate Adopting Parents through the hospital experience.
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