When you’re starting the adoption process, one of the biggest decisions you’ll make is which agency to work with. No two adoption agencies are the same, so it’s important for you to choose an agency you are comfortable with.
One way to ensure an agency’s views and goals are aligned with your own is to ask them questions before you begin working together. Here are a few common questions adoptive parents often ask – feel free to use this list when visiting us!
Important Questions for Adoption Agencies
What types of adoptions do you do? There are many kinds of adoption, including infant adoption, adoption out of foster care, and international adoptions. Some agencies handle all of these while others specialize in a certain area.
Where does your agency operate? Many agencies are only licensed for one state, while others can operate across the country or internationally.
Does your agency provide any special services or resources to parents? These could include counseling and support services, educational classes, and maternity or baby items.
How does your agency find birthmothers? It’s worth knowing how the agency starts the adoption process on the other side, as well as how they present adoptive parent profiles to birthmothers.
Do you have a waiting list for adoption? Some agencies, but not all, maintain a wait list. This can give you an idea of how long you would expect to wait for your adoption to go through.
How many children do you place in an average year? If you know how many adoptions the agency is able to complete in a year, you can get a good sense of how frequently they place and how long you may be waiting.
What is the application fee and average total cost? As any adoptive parent knows, adoptions aren’t free. You should always know about fees and costs ahead of time so they don’t surprise you later on. You can also ask about fee structures and due dates to get an idea of how long you have to pay.
When will my home study start? The home study is often the first big step in the adoption process. The sooner your home study is, the sooner you can move on to the other parts of the process.
How will I know if a birth mother matches with our family? Finally, you’ll want to know how you’ll be notified of a match, and what the procedure is after that. Make sure your chosen agency has a good method of contacting you so you can proceed quickly!
This may seem like a lot to ask, but it’s worth it to ensure you’re working with the right agency for your goals and desires. The last thing you want is to begin the adoption process only to realize you don’t work well with your agency and have to start over again somewhere else.
If you have more questions about the adoption process in Oklahoma or you’re ready to take the next step, contact us today at Deaconess Pregnancy & Adoption. We can help you through every step of the adoption process and answer all of your questions and concerns. Call (405) 949-4200 to learn more or visit us on Facebook any time!