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Pondering International Adoption? 10 Tips on Choosing an Agency.

By Diana Stone |

How to Choose the Right Adoption AgencyOne 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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How to Choose the Right Adoption Agency

Get Familiar With the Adoption Process

It helps tremendously to know the terms and basic timeline of an international adoption before starting down that road. Pick up books about it at your local library, borrow them from a friend who has adopted, or purchase some online to start building your own collection. A variety is best - try to have some about adopting children of a different race, working with different countries, adopting a certain age, and how to pay for adoption - just to name a few subjects.

Top Photo Credit: Debbie Weldon via Photobucket

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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.

Smaller glimpses into her day are on Twitter and Facebook, and pinning working hard on Pinterest.

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Diana Stone blogs at Diana Wrote about her life with a daughter here and three sons in heaven, life as an army wife, and her faith. Smaller glimpses into her day are on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Read bio and latest posts → Read Diana's latest posts →

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