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Adoption 101

For hopeful adoptive parents, adoption holds many meanings. It is the legal process of finally becoming parents, the emotional experience of building a family, and the beginning of the lifelong journey of parenthood.

It is also a series of choices. Are you ready to pursue adoption? What types of adoption situations are you interested in? What adoption services do you need? Do you want to work with an adoption agency, or complete an independent adoption?

Making these decisions can be overwhelming, and families who are new to adoption likely have questions about what to expect through their journey before they are ready to make them. The articles in this section will walk you through the legal, emotional and financial requirements to adopt, answer common questions and provide an overview of the adoption and home study processes so your family can make the best decisions about what is right for you.

How Long Does it Take to Adopt a Child?

How Long Does it Take to Adopt a Child?

The adoption process takes about a year to complete, but some families might take a much longer time, while others may go through the process very...

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All Things Adoption Home Study – Tips, FAQs & Checklist

All Things Adoption Home Study – Tips, FAQs & Checklist

The adoption home study is often one of the first steps an adoptive family takes in the adoption process, and one of the most important. Learn...

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Adoption Process – How to Adopt a Child to a New Family

Adoption Process – How to Adopt a Child to a New Family

While adoptive parents and birth parents face very different journeys, one thing they have in common is wondering exactly how the adoption process works.

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Three Requirements to Get Started with Adoption

Three Requirements to Get Started with Adoption

This guide will help you determine whether you are legally, emotionally and financially prepared to adopt. By meeting the following requirements, you will have everything you...

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Top Six Adoption Services and Where to Find Them

Top Six Adoption Services and Where to Find Them

Adoption services range from financial, to emotional, to logistical, and it’s up to you to decide which services you need throughout the process. Below are some...

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Five Most Common Questions Families Have About Adoption

Five Most Common Questions Families Have About Adoption

Starting your adoption research can and should be exciting — but it can also be overwhelming. Here are five of the most common adoption questions to...

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Do I Need an Agency for Adoption?

Do I Need an Agency for Adoption?

Some couples choose the DIY route and pursue an independent adoption, while others choose to leave it to the professionals and work with an adoption agency....

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