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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What to Expect on Your Adoption Application

Wooden Heart by George Hodan
Wooden Heart by George Hodan

Trying to have a baby can be an exciting, but stressful time in a young couple’s life together. However, for those who cannot have children of their own and are looking to adopt, filling out an adoption application in Birmingham can be an even more stressful endeavor. Adoption is a serious affair and adoption agencies want to make sure that they don’t simply give a child to the first people who ask without checking them out first. By knowing what to expect when it comes time to file your application, you can be better prepared for the screening process and feel less stress as you try to add to the love in your family.

What to Expect When Applying to Adopt

Filling out an application to adopt a child is not the same as filling out an application for a car loan or for a job at McDonald’s. After all, your aim is to provide a home and a family for a young, vulnerable child. It’s important that the adoption agency you’re working with thoroughly checks your background and the current circumstances of your life in order to ensure that a child would find a safe, nurturing environment in your home. Some of the things that the adoption agency will check out are your criminal history (if any), your education, your employment history, and your general curriculum vitae. You’ll also need to provide references, from former employers, family, friends, or anyone else with whom you interact on a regular basis. During the application proceedings, at least one visit will be made to your home, in order to see whether or not it is a good environment for a child. 

Your Adoption Plan

One of the things that you will need to indicate when you fill out an adoption application in Birmingham is what sort of adoption you’re looking for. Closed adoptions are confidential adoptions. They do not allow for any communication between you and the birth parent or the birth parent and the child. Many couples who adopt prefer this option simply because it avoids any possibility of emotional confusion. Also, many parents do not wish for their child to know that he or she was adopted until they are old enough to properly process the information. At the same time, many families relish the transparency of an open adoption. In an open adoption, the birth parents are kept informed as to the child’s development and progress. Occasional visits may even be scheduled. If the birth parents and the adoptive parents can get along, this is an ideal situation for many families. Whichever kind of adoption you’re looking for, there are plenty of agencies who can help you. Contact one today if you’re ready to share your family’s love with a child.

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