If you've decided to give your child up for adoption, or if you are still considering making this choice, one of the first steps you'll want to take is to interview some adoption agencies. This will give you an idea of what each one has to offer, which will help you decide which one is best for you to go through. So, what questions should you ask during these interviews? Here are a few to get you started.
What qualifications does the agency require of adoptive parents?
Different agencies have different requirements for adoptive parents. Some agencies, for instance, may require that adoptive parents are of a certain age. Some may require that they are a married couple, while others may be happy to work with single adults. Above all, you need to make sure the adoption agency's adoptive parent standards are in accordance with your own values and preferences. You'll get a say in which specific parents end up adopting your baby, but it's good to know what preliminary screening has been done too.
What costs does the agency cover?
Most agencies will cover all of your costs as a birth mother, including your medical bills and any travel costs. However, some agencies may only cover a portion of your medical bills, or they may arrange to have the adoptive parents pay you directly for these expenses. If costs are a big factor for you, asking this question is very important.
When do you have to give a final answer?
The decision to give your baby up for adoption is a big one, and you need to make the decision on your own time. So, you need to know what timeline the agency requires. Can you change your mind up to the day of birth? Can you change your mind even after the baby is born? It's good to allow yourself as much flexibility as possible in this regard.
How are parents matched with babies?
Does the organization leave it up to you to find adoptive parents within their system, or do they "make matches" for you? How many matches do they attempt to make, and what factors do they use to make the matches? Knowing how you'll find your baby's adoptive parents should give you comfort in this process.
If you ask the questions above when you interview adoption agencies, you'll emerge from the interview feeling well-informed.
Contact a local adoption agency, such as Arizona Adoption Help, to learn more.
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