The main resource you'll look for should be viable adoption-related information to help you through the process. Throughout this section, you'll find articles about choosing baby names for the child you're hoping to adopt, finding the right adoption professional for your situation, and how to use the adoption photolistings for foster children who are eligible for adoption and looking for a permanent, loving, forever family. If you haven't already made up your mind in the type of adoption you want to go with, including domestic, foster care, or international adoption, these sections would be the perfect place to start.
If you decide that foster care adoption is right for you and your growing family, take a look at our online guide to adopting from foster care. It can help you understand the process, the requirements, and the jargon that is necessary to knowledgeably carry forward with the process. Once you've settled on the type of adoption, it's time to look into your local adoption resources. This can be in the form of state-run agencies, local churches or charities, or even some of your local support groups. Researching close to home first is the best way to proceed. If you can't find what you need locally, then it would be time to reach out beyond the boundaries of your current town or city.
Another part of the process for prospective adoptive parents is to complete adoption-related training and education. This will only help you, and it can help bridge the gap between being excited and being ready. Every training or education program is unique, but they generally run through the same types of information. These classes should teach you how to find the relevant adoption professionals to help you in your journey, including adoption facilitators, agencies, and attorneys. It should teach you how to survive the homestudy and what is expected of you. If you choose international adoption, these training classes will help you understand the Hague convention guidelines and how to apply for a passport for your child.
Now that all the tough stuff is over, let's get to the fun part. Even though the adoption process may be tedious and emotional, it's a journey worth remembering. So, read more about scrapbooking your journey and your experiences, so you and your family can look back on the process for many years to come. And why not brighten up your home with a few adoption-related screensavers.
Remember to enjoy this process. It can be a once in a lifetime experience. And at the end of all the hard work is your child. And then you will finally bring home your child and all will be right in the world. After the process, you'll know how to do it all for when you're ready for round two in adopting.
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