The Adoption Process

While all adoption plans are unique, there are five basic steps to planning an adoption as outlined below…

  • adoption-processStep 1 – Educating yourself about adoption
    It is very important for parents considering an adoption placement to educate themselves about adoption and to research options: agency versus attorney adoptions, open versus closed adoptions, services and resources available, etc.
  • Step 2 – Meeting with an adoption professional
    After you have educated yourself about adoption and the various options, your next step is to speak with an adoption professional who can answer additional questions you may have to help you to decide if adoption is right for you and your baby. Working with an adoption professional that you trust and feel comfortable with can make all the difference in your experience.
  • Step 3 – Creating an adoption plan that is right for you
    By working with an adoption professional you will be able to create the terms of your potential adoption plan, such as selecting an adoptive family, choosing the level of contact you would like with the adoptive parents before and after the birth of your baby and planning your hospital and delivery experience.
  • Step 4 – Placement
    This occurs after the baby is born and you have made your final decision concerning adoption. An adoption professional will work with you to make sure that you understand your rights and the legal process as it occurs. You will have the option of being present at the placement of your child with his or her adoptive parents.
  • Step 5 – Post adoption services
    Birth parents may feel many emotions after placing a child for adoption. We encourage birth parents to stay in contact with agency staff for support services after an adoption plan has been made to ensure that your needs are being met during this difficult time.