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Choosing The Right Adoption Agency
When you are looking to adopt you should research different adoption agencies very carefully. There are many things to consider in order to help you narrow down to a list of specific adoption agencies. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you being any research:
1. Do you want a domestic adoption (within the United States) or an international adoption?
2. If you do want to adopt internationally which countries would you consider adopting from?
3. Do you want to adopt an infant or older child?
4. Do you want to work with an adoption agency close to your home or anywhere within the United States?
5. How will you finance your adoption?
6. How soon do you want to adopt?
7. Which races are you willing to adopt? (Caucasian, Asian, African American, etc.)
8. Do you want a boy or girl?
9. Do you have any special circumstances? (single-parent, gay couple, older couple, etc.)
10. Do you know anyone who has adopted before?
Once you ask yourself these questions you can develop a list of adoption agencies that you can request information from. Most adoption agencies will send you an information packet free of charge about their adoption services. Research on the internet and write down agencies that you feel can meet your needs. Once you have at least ten ask them to send you an information packet. Review the packets and throw away the ones that you do not like. With the remaining agencies call them and ask more questions about their services, how they operate, and other common questions.
Finally choose an adoption agency. Once you have chosen an agency double check with the state licensing department and ensure that they are in good standing. You may also want to check with your local BBB to see if any complaints have been filed against them. Finally ask the agency for some references of previous adoptive parents that you can talk to personally. Once they have ‘passed the test’ you can start filling out the paperwork to adopt a child.
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