What are Adoption Facilitators?
Adoption facilitators are companies that are typically unlicensed and unregulated. They specialize in matching prospective Adoptive Families with expectant mothers who are considering adoption. Oftentimes, adoption facilitators are very small organizations, totally operated by just a few staff members; in most cases, just a few staff members are present. These members may or may not have a counseling background, which make them a somewhat risky choice for families looking to adopt, especially since they are not legal in all states.
Like adoption law centers and adoption agencies, however, adoption facilitators take the lead in adoption advertisements used to locate a Birth Mother. Once a Birth Mother has found and selected a family, the adoption facilitator will then refer both the family and the Birth Parent(s) to a professional, either a licensed agency or law firm. After this, the facilitator no longer has any part in the adoption process.
In short, an adoption facilitator only helps clients with the hard part of matching families with an expectant mother considering adoption. Through their intervention, the necessities of location, advertisement, and a match are taken care of for both parties involved.
Pros and Cons of Using Adoption Facilitators
With Adoption Facilitators come a number of pros and cons. It is important to consider each of these carefully before making a decision, as a lot of time and emotions are invested into who you choose to work with. Most families take extreme caution when deciding who will help them throughout their adoption process because they know that this can impact everything from the Birth Mother to the adoption plan and beyond. So, before you settle for an adoption facilitator, consider these pros and cons:
- Highly Skilled: Quite often, it is rather difficult to reach out to Birth Mothers who are considering adoption, as it is a difficult subject to fully accept for some. However, a good facilitator has an easy time of communicating with Birth Mothers in order to go over their options when it comes to unplanned pregnancy.
- Not Annually Regulated or Reviewed: Most adoption facilitators are not annually or even periodically reviewed by the government or an objective organization/party. This means they may not be totally up to date on state policies or properly regulated.
- Facilitators Only Match: Unfortunately, adoption facilitators only match Birth Parents and Adoptive Families. The actual adoption services are not handled, meaning the adoptive family has the responsibility of finding a local (and licensed) provider who can perform the necessary services.
- Some Financial Risk: Though the facilitator itself may not cost much, there is a high financial risk involved. As facilitators are only responsible for finding you a Birth Mother, even after you pay for their services and invest in the Birth Mother, you will need to hire additional adoption professionals to legally complete your adoption.
Now that you know a bit more about adoption facilitators, you can make an informed decision about whether or not to use one during your adoption process. Remember that the process itself has a lot of requirements, and where you start can dictate how well (or poorly) the process goes.