7 Things Adoptive Parents Need to Know ...

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Making the decision to adopt a child and introduce someone new into your family is a really big deal.

There is going to be a great deal of excitement, as well as some anxiety.

Before the new child comes into your home, you want to take a deep breath and carefully review all the steps and procedures and make sure that you are really ready.

Here are 7 things adoptive parents need to know before their new child comes home.

1. Birth Parent Rights

Before you start the process, you need to clarify if this is going to be a closed or open adoption.

In the past, most adoptions were closed with all of the files sealed, and the adopted child was unable to learn anything about their biological parents.2

Today, many families are starting to favor an open adoption.

Open adoptions are set up in such a way that there is communication between both the biological parents and the adoptive parents.

It is going to be up to you, the adoptive parents, to decide how much of this information will eventually be passed on to your child and how much contact the birth family has a right to have to your child.

2. The Importance of an Agency

You do not want to go through an adoption your own.

This usually is a scam.

When you make the decision to adopt a child you will want to use an agency that specializes in adoptions.

Before signing any contracts you want to make sure that the agency is properly licensed and accredited.

3. Honesty is Key

When you are filling out the application you have to be very honest.2

The agency will be doing an extensive background check.

If they find any discrepancies they could refuse to allow you to adopt a child.

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