Have you just started thinking about adoption? The world wide web has greatly changed the way we search for and obtain information. It’s become extremely easy to find the answers to all of your questions with just a quick search- but sometimes the problem becomes too much information!! It can be overwhelming to sort through all of it.
For the sake of simplicity, there are four primary paths toward adoption.
- Agency Infant Domestic Adoption. This is usually what most people think of when they think about adoption. An infant domestic adoption usually involves working with an agency, having your home study completed, creating your profile, and then waiting to be matched with an expectant mother who is considering adoption for her child.
- Private Infant Domestic Adoption. Private adoptions are usually facilitated by an attorney, not an agency. Prospective adoptive parents take on the task of finding an infant to adopt or use the services of an adoption facilitator.
- International Adoption involves adopting a child born outside the US. International adoption has increased in popularity over the past ten years and Americans are adopting children from China, Russia, Ethiopia, and other countries around the globe. International adoption almost always involves an agency.
- Adoption through Foster Care. Foster care adoption will vary by state. In Texas, individuals and couples can choose to become verified foster/adopt parents or adopt only parents. Foster care adoption means adopting a child who has been removed involuntarily from their parents care, usually due to abuse or neglect.
As you can imagine, there are pros and cons to each type of adoption. In the coming weeks, I’ll blog about what I perceive those pros and cons to be. If you are interested in more information, I frequently work with individuals and couples who are considering adoption, helping prospective adoptive parents choose the right path for their family.