Selecting an Adoptive Family for your baby is one of the most significant decisions you will make. Begin by thinking about the type of parent or home you would like for your child. Maybe it is one similar to how you were raised. Maybe it is the type of home in which you wish you had grown up. You may not find everything you want in one family, but by knowing what is important to you, you have a starting point.
GETTING TO KNOW A PROSPECTIVE FAMILYGetting to know a prospective family is an important part of your selection process. You can talk to them over the phone, Skype, or you may have the opportunity to meet them in person before you decide to place your child in their home. Then, if you choose them—you can continue to talk or meet during the pregnancy. You should also be discussing what kind of post-placement contact you are looking for.
- You have the right to choose a family, this includes seeing profiles and talking to several families before making a decision.
- You have the right to take time to make a decision.
- You have the right to an unpressured decision making process.
- You have the right to counseling if you have questions or are struggling with making an adoption plan or choosing a family.
You need to feel comfortable that this is the right family. This is a big decision that will affect both your life and your child’s. It is important for you to take the time you need to make an informed decision.
* Meeting Adoptive Parents prior to selecting is not always an option