10 Reasons To Use An Adoption Agency
Although working with an agency may be recommended, it is a good idea to discuss agencies with your adoption professional/”attorney” before retaining the agency. The attorney can assist you in selecting the agency that is most user friendly for your personal needs.
Your adoption agency should be able to tell you how many couples they have worked with and how many children they have placed. They should also be able to tell you when they began their practice and to provide references, if requested. Talking with another couple who used the same adoption agency may be helpful for you in determining if this is the right one for you. Once you feel comfortable with an agency, you should sense that there is mutual trust.
2. Financial Assistance
A knowledgeable adoption agency will know what fees are acceptable and what type of monetary payment the birth mother should receive. It should be noted that not all states require financial approval by a licensed adoption agency; the majority of states do not.
A respectable adoption agency will treat you and the birth mother with respect. They won't try to put you or her down for the decisions that you've made. They should be there to help and not judge anyone.
Adoption agencies should respect both you and the birth mother's privacy during this situation.
A professional adoption agency will have counseling for birth mothers as well as for new adoptive parents. There are many feelings to work through at at time like this, and it's nice to have someone available who can listen and offer advice.
6. Legal Rights
Your adoption agency should be able to put you in touch with lawyers affiliated with them or provide you with a list of attorneys in your area who will help you with the legal documents that you must sign.
You want to be sure to work with licensed adoption agencies which have licensed social workers who are experts at handling adoptions.
8. Types of Adoption
A good adoption agency will be able to answer all of the questions that you and your spouse may have about the process and what types of adoption are available to you. From open adoptions to traditional adoptions, they should be able to explain each to you in great detail.
9. Having Someone in Your Corner
Your adoption agency should be on your side. They should always be willing to help and offer you advice and suggestions for your situation.
Your adoption agency should be empathetic with regard to you and your birth mother's feelings during this time. Adoption is an emotional process and you need to be working with someone who has compassion and understanding.
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