Choosing the Right Agency Helps You Find the Perfect Family
Finding an adoptive family for your child is the most important step in your adoption journey, which is why you deserve to work with an adoption agency capable of connecting you with an adoptive family that fits your profile needs.
Like many women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and considering adoption, you might be asking, “How do I find an adoptive family for my baby?”
There are thousands of hopeful adoptive families waiting for the opportunity to give your child a loving home and when you work with the right adoption agency, an experienced adoption specialist can help you search available family profiles to find the perfect home for your baby.
Are you ready to find adoptive parents for your baby? You can by visiting us online as well as complete our contact form to get more information on the adoption process, finding a family and how to start your adoption journey today.
For now, check out our 3 steps for finding an adoptive family for your baby and how the right adoption agency can help.
How to Find an Adoptive Family for Your Baby [3 Steps]
When looking for an adoptive family for your child, you first want to think about what attributes and personality traits are important to you. Because you are in control of your adoption, you get to choose everything about the adoptive family, including their race, sexual orientation, religious views, location and more. The right adoption agency and specialist can help you create an adoption plan and find a family that perfectly fits your needs.
In the past few decades, one of the biggest breakthroughs of adoption is giving the pregnant mother the control to choose the adoptive family that will raise her child.
So, if you are ready to take the next step in this process, you may be asking: how does finding an adoptive family work?
Step 1: Decide What Type of Family You Want for Your Child
Before you can find the perfect family, you must first know what type of family you are looking for. Here are some questions you can ask yourself as you begin thinking of the perfect family and situation for your child:
- Where will my baby grow up? Do you see your child living in a particular state, in the suburbs, or a large house? Whatever you imagine can become reality. It’s also important to know what you don’t want – for example, perhaps your child growing up either on a farm or in the city isn’t appealing to you.
- Do I want my baby to have siblings? Maybe you want your baby to be an only child, or you’d like him or her to grow up in a large family. You may even want to find a family that has already adopted a child.
- Should my baby look like his or her parents? For some women, it’s important to find a family that resembles their child or shares the same cultural background and traditions.
- What kind of lifestyle should my baby have? Maybe you imagine your child growing up surrounded by music or taking lots of family road trips. What hobbies and traditions do you want your child to be exposed to?
- What values are important to me? You want the adoptive family to share not only your love for your child but also your values. Similarly, you may want your baby to have a specific religious upbringing.
Those are just some of the many details you get to decide when it comes to the adoptive family you choose.
Remember, you are in control of every aspect of the adoption process. Whatever you feel is important in an adoptive family you can find by working with experienced adoption professionals and an agency with a large, national presence.
Step 2: Work with an Adoption Agency to Find the Perfect Family
Now that you’re ready to look for adoptive parents for your baby, you can contact an experienced, trusted and safe adoption agency to begin creating an adoption plan and provide you access to a database of available and active adoptive families.
When choosing an adoption agency, here are some important things to consider:
- Stability: Larger, national agencies tend to operate with more stability, which’s good for you. Years like 2020 taught us that anything can happen. Unfortunately, many small adoption agencies (and even some larger ones) were not prepared for that. They shut down or become unreliable. When you’re considering an agency, ask about their year-over-year placement numbers, how long they have been operating, and how many clients they work with at once.
- Experience: A social worker who has helped complete more adoptions will be more prepared to help you have a successful adoption process. But, there’s another layer of experience. How does the adoption agency you’re considering include the experiences of adoptive families, birth parents and adoptees on its staff? Representation matters, and agencies with staffs made up of people who have personally experienced adoption can offer the best support.
- Availability: You’re going to have some late-night and early-morning needs. Will your agency answer the phone? Some agencies cut off at office hours, but the best agencies will be there for you 24/7. That’s what you need during the adoption process.
The choice of an adoption agency is important. To get more information about adoption agencies and how they can help you look for parents to adopt your baby, visit our online information page and complete our contact form.
Because of their size and scope, a national agency with a long record of successful placements can show you available adoptive families online before you meet with an adoption specialist.
When you sit down to create an adoption plan, you may have already found a family that interests you. Be sure to talk to your adoption specialist about families that are potential matches based on initial impressions from their profile.
Step 3: Getting to Know an Adoptive Family
The final step of this process is to ensure the family you have selected is indeed right for your child. The best way to be sure is by interacting with them via phone, video chat, email, in person or other forms of communication.
While getting to know the adoptive family, consider the following:
- Are they who I thought they were?
- Do they match everything I wanted?
- Are they respectful of me and my wishes?
- Did they act excited to get to know me?
- Did they act excited to grow their family through adoption?
- Do they feel like the right family?
Women in your position choose adoption to provide the best possible life for their children. It can be difficult to know what family will give your child that life. However, when you meet the right parents, you will feel their warmth and excitement to grow their family, and – most importantly – their love for your baby.
When you work with an experienced adoption agency and specialist, they will help facilitate your relationship with the adoptive family you choose with mediation to begin building a strong foundation leading to a lifelong bond.
Because the perception of adoption has drastically improved since the 1980s, most adoption professionals highly recommend open adoption. This gives you the chance to get to know the parents you choose to adopt your baby, as well as remain a fixture in your child’s life at whatever level you feel comfortable.
When you are ready to look for parents to adopt your baby, speak with your adoption specialist or browse the agency websites and family profile services below:
- American Adoptions – A large, national agency having completed adoptions for more than 30 years. Many of the staff are adoptees, adoptive parents or birth mothers, giving them a wealth of first-hand adoption experience.
- Lifetime Adoption
- Open Adoption & Family Services
You can get more information on finding an adoptive family for your child, as well as the adoption process by filling out our online contact form to get you connected to an adoption specialist today.