One of the biggest decisions to make when thinking about adoption is choosing the right agency. It’s just as important as choosing a doctor you feel comfortable with for your pregnancy – perhaps even more so. You are trusting the people who work there to match you with the right child, handle your money responsibly, be honest and upfront about tough news, and prepare you for the long road ahead.
It’s a lot to ask, so the best thing to do is get prepared beforehand. You want to have as much confidence as possible in your choice of an agency, because your faith in it will be tested at some points.
Below are tips we used personally in choosing ours, as well as some others have recommended to me. Even if you already have your agency picked, some of these ideas can still be used now. Have you asked about if one of their employees will travel with you to pick up your child? Are you getting prepared on your end by reading books on adoption, talking to friends, calling your agency with questions? Do you know all the fees you’ll be paying – even the ones not obvious?
I break down what to look for, what to expect, and what responsibilities both you and the agency owe each other for a mutually beneficial relationship. When the adoption is finalized, one of the goals is to look back fondly at the time spent with the people who helped bring your child to your family.
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Diana blogs on raising a toddler daughter, the loss of her twin boys, and their families’ Korean adoption in progress on the aptly named Hormonal Imbalances.
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