First Key to Adoption Success: A Desire to Adopt
Resolve any infertility issues.
Answer this question: Do you want to be a parent or do you want to have a biological child?
Realize that adoption is not âsettling for second bestâ.
Communicate openly and honestly, be sure both of you are 100% committed to adoption and in agreement as to what you are looking for.
Resolve any extended family issues - Are they supportive? Will they be accepting?
Second Key to Adoption Success: A Good Profile
In most cases, birthmothers will choose you from your profile - hard copy or from a website.
Profile usually contains two elements: Letter to birthmother from you and photos of your life.
Your profile should cover essential topics like - life in your home, people in your family, pets, fun things you do.
Photos should be clear, focused, and good quality, and should show your interests and lifestyle.
Your profile should present you honestly and accurately, showing a birth mom what her childâs life will be like.
Be prepared to send out a lot of profiles.
Third Key to Adoption Success: Qualified Adoption Professionals
The key to choosing good professionals is research and learning more about what different professionals offer to the adoptive parents and the birth parents.
Ask for referrals from your agency, facilitator, or attorney. Check references - BBB, Chamber of Commerce, Attorney Generals office.
Ask for references of past clients and call or email them.
Before signing with any agency, facilitator, or attorney ask these questions:
How long have you been doing adoption work?
How long is your average waiting period?
How many adoptions do you complete per year?
How much is does an average adoption cost through your organization?
Fourth Key to Adoption Success: Ability to be reached
You need to be available at any time, whether by phone, fax, pager, email, or cell phone.
If your professional can't reach you for an urgent situation, they will move on to the next family.
You have got to be both reachable AND ready! Commitment & Communication are vital.
Fifth Key to Adoption Success: Patience
If you've been battling infertility for years, embracing adoption will take some time.
Take this time to prepare yourselves, your home, and your family to accept this child 100%.
Above all else, keep busy -- Ready the nursery, plant a tree and garden, volunteer.
Take up a new hobby that you can still do after baby is born.â¢ Take on another job to help pay for adoption until the baby comes.
Surround yourself with positive people.
Remember, there is a baby out there for you!