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The Process of Adoption

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There are lots of different choices to be made in adoption, including which of the many types of adoption you are interested in pursuing. Broad options include domestic adoption, international adoption, and open adoption. The best way to start is to contact an agency licensed in your state to complete your adoption home study and to ask questions. Meet with multiple agencies as choosing the right agency for your family will make a big difference in your adoption journey.
Determining the eligibility to adopt is based on a process of assessment and preparation by the prospective parents, social worker, and agency. Most people are eligible to adopt, regardless of their marital status, age, income, or sexual orientation. Having a disability doesn’t automatically disqualify a prospective parent. However, for international adoption, some countries have restrictions and unique requirements for prospective families. Faith-based agencies may also have specific requirements that differ from other agencies.

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Adoption Attorney Stephen Ravel explains how selective adoptive parents can be when choosing a baby to adopt and what the trade-offs are for being selective
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Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Adoption Expert, explains what an adoption home study consists of and shares advice for adopting parents on how to do your best during the home test
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Singer and adoptive mom Stacy Earl shares how the foster adoptive parent process works and how her and her husband got involved and eventually found their sweet daughter.
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As the adoptive mother of seven children, Langka Treadwell knows the frustrations of waiting during the adoption process all too well. Hear what she has to say about... read more
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Adoption Attorney Stephen Ravel shares advice for parents looking to adopt on what a home study is about, what is looked for, and how to best prepare for your home study
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