Selecting an Adoption Professional

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  1. Get referrals from former clients and other adoption professionals.
  2. Ask for literature.
  3. Compile a list of the adoption professionals who appear to meet your basic requirements (type of adoption, location, cost etc.).
  4. What are the adoptive parent requirements of this professional concerning marital status, age, income, health, etc.?
  5. How long on average do adoptive parents wait to adopt when using this adoption professional?
  6. What pre-adoption and post-adoption services are provided to adoptive parents and birthparents?
  7. Does the adoption professional offer a free consultation or orientation?
  8. How long has the adoption professional been in business and how many adoptions have they completed? How many have failed?
  9. What is the average wait time?
  10. Get an itemized list of costs and fees, including all expenses and make sure you clearly understand exactly what is included and what is not. Which birthmother expenses are included?
  11. Does the adoption professional involve the birthparent's parents? Adoption results are generally better if they are involved.
  12. How does the adoption professional receive medical information on the children?
  13. What is their policy in dealing with birthfathers?
  14. How does the adoption professional work with open adoptions and what are the recommended guidelines?
  15. If you are interested in international adoption, has someone in the adoption professional's office traveled to visit the orphanages where the children reside?
  16. Ask to see the contract.
  17. Has the adoption professional had any adoptions overturned, and if so, why?
  18. Who does the counseling for the adoption professional and what are their qualifications?
  19. Ask if there is anything else you haven't asked that the adoption professional feels would be important for you to know.
For more information:
  1. Getting Started with Adoption
  2. How Many People Choose Adoption?
  3. Is Adoption Right for You?
  4. Adoption Self-Assessment Quiz
  5. Which Children Are Available for Adoption?
  6. Sibling Groups
  7. Who Can Adopt?
  8. Qualification Requirements for Adopting Parents
  9. Your Adoption Options
  10. Agency Adoption
  11. Private (or Independent) Adoption
  12. Options in Independent Adoption
  13. Adoption Facilitators
  14. International Adoption
  15. Foster Adoption
  16. Stepparent Adoption
  17. Transracial Adoption
  18. Special Needs Adoption
  19. Military Adoption
  20. Making an Adoption Plan
  21. Selecting an Adoption Professional
  22. Getting an Adoption Homestudy
  23. Adoption Costs
  24. Why Do Costs Seem So High?
  25. Help Handling the Costs of Adoption
  26. The Adoption Tax Credit
  27. Adoption Subsidies
  28. Employer Adoption Benefits
  29. Networking & Networking Tools
  30. Legal Issues in Adoption
  31. Evaluating Adoption Risks
  32. Open Adoption
  33. Breastfeeding the Adopted Child
  34. Coping With the Wait
  35. Glossary of Terms
  36. Recommended Reading
  37. Conclusion
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