Making an adoption plan is a selfless decision. As an expectant/birth mother, you want your child to have the best life possible—even if that means having another family step in as the adoptive parents. Putting your child’s needs above your own shows how much you love them. However, you may be unsure how to find a loving adoptive family. You may be asking:
Where should I begin my search for families looking to adopt?
The answer is simple: An adoption agency.
There are many families hoping to adopt a baby, and finding the right one can be made easier with the help of an adoption agency. Adoptions With Love, for example, is a private, domestic agency that works with expectant/birth mothers all over the country. Our compassionate counselors and staff can help you browse adoptive parent profiles and choose the perfect match for your baby.
It is important to choose a reputable adoption agency that is licensed, experienced, and offers thorough screening for every prospective family. For example, at AWL, every adoptive family is carefully screened and vetted through a Home Study process. This several-months-long process involves multiple home visits, interviews, background checks, and the review of personal, professional, medical, and financial documents. This ensures that each family can offer a safe loving and stable home for the child.
Adoptions With Love has approved many loving families looking to adopt. You can view their profiles online here. We can also set up a meeting if you would like to speak with them.. Many expectant/birth mothers find peace of mind in meeting the parents who will adopt and raise their baby.
Can I have a relationship with my child’s adoptive family?
Through open adoption, you can build a lasting relationship with an adoptive family, too.
Open adoption is the most common type of adoption plan today. It allows birth parents and adoptive parents to meet one another, share information, and stay in touch (if they wish).
Open adoption gives adoptive parents access to important information about their child’s background, and allows the child to maintain a relationship with their biological parent(s). Birth mothers take comfort in seeing how their child is doing and growing over the years. Instead of adoption being the end of a chapter, consider it the beginning. It is, in fact, the start of something incredible – for all involved.
How will I know I am choosing the right family to adopt my baby?
As you consider potential adoptive families, think about the life you envision for your child.
- Do you want your child to live in a city or a suburban neighborhood?
- Are the family’s religious views important to you?
- Is it important for your child to have athletic hobbies or other types of experiences?
There is no science when it comes to finding the perfect adoptive family. You may browse the adoptive family profiles and find a couple (or single adoptive parent) who jumps out to you. You may feel a special connection right away. For example, they might share your cultural background or personal interests. They may have a background story that you connect with or other children who seem like they would make amazing older siblings. Many birth mothers report feeling a special connection with their child’s adoptive family.
Your adoption professional can be as involved in the process as you would like. They can listen to your wishes and answer any questions you may have about a prospective adoptive family. They can help you decide which family would best meet your needs. However, you are in charge of this adoption. Adoptions With Love will be there to support you every step of the way.
If you do not immediately find an adoptive family that meets all your criteria right away, that is okay. Try not to feel discouraged. The right family is out there. Adoptions With Love works with many adoptive families at every stage of the process, so not all families hoping to adopt may be listed. If you are having a hard time making your decision, it may help to speak with an adoption specialist and counselor. Together, you can find the right family for your child.
I found a family looking to adopt a baby! What should I do next?
Once you have decided on the adoptive family, you can decide to meet them if you wish. You can meet your chosen adoptive family before making your final decision. Your adoption agency can arrange a phone call or in-person meeting.
After making a decision, you can begin to explore the type of adoption you would like: Open, semi-open, or closed adoption. Your adoption specialist can help you create a customized plan that meets your needs.
You can also begin to consider your birth plan. When it comes to adoption, there are many options for expectant/birth parents. You may not have chosen this pregnancy, but you can take control of your situation and make positive choices that will provide you (and your baby) with a lifetime of opportunity and love.
As you browse the profiles of families looking to adopt, consider the families at AWL. Viewing adoptive family profiles never obliges you to complete the adoption process.
You can also complete a contact form for more information about adoption at any time, with zero obligation to make any final decisions. We are here to help and educate you.
As you research families looking to adopt, you can always contact Adoptions With Love for more guidance and support. Call us day or night at 800-722-7731 or text us confidentially at 617-777-0072.