A reader wrote me a few weeks ago to ask if I knew anything about getting started with the adoption process. She writes:
My husband and I are interested in closed adoption and are incredibly discouraged at trying to find our bearings in the sea of adoption options and unknown agencies. I just need to get my head above water, somehow. If you perchance have any information to share, I would be so grateful for it.
Unfortunately I don’t know much about the topic, but that’s what blogs are for! I too would be interested in knowing more about how to get started down this path if my husband and I are ever called to expand our family by adoption. It’s a huge topic, so here are a few specific questions to narrow it down:
- There are so many different options for adoption out there! International, domestic, open, closed, adopting older kids vs. babies, adopting kids with special needs, etc. What are some good resources for helping to discern what the right option for your family is?
- How do you find a reputable agency? Are there some standard criteria for determining if an agency is reputable or not?
- What are some good message boards or email lists where parents can get support from others going down this same path?
- Any other tips or info you’d like to share? (For those of you with blogs that discuss this subject, feel free to include links!)
Thanks in advance!
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