Home » Adopting » Adoption 101 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.