For those who are looking to adopt or who are recent, first time adoptive
parents, it can be useful to consider expert advice, but it can be even
better to create a support network of other, like-minded adoptive parents.
This type of support network can have regular meetings locally, but they
can also be an ever present online group that fields questions, discusses
concerns, shares stories and basically, listens with understanding when
you aren’t sure where to go to get what you need. If you are in
the midst of creating your support network, you can still prepare for
a successful adoption by getting started with these tips for adoptive parents.
3 Tips for Adoptive Parents to Help You Through the Process:
- Seek Information: read books and magazines, search articles online, visit
websites, talk to other parents, consider a variety of parenting techniques,
meet other families with adopted children and as mentioned above, seek
out a support group (locally or online).
Tell Everyone: Don’t keep your desire to
adopt a child under your hat. Some feel it’s a personal decision, but those who
share see the benefits. Telling all of your people that you hope to adopt
means that if they hear about a child in need of adoption, they will think
of you. So while sharing this information is a personal choice, the benefit
of doing so can be drastic.
- Gather Documentation: Put together several notarized copies of birth certificates,
marriage licenses, medical exams, financial statements, photos of both
parents and the home, a concise autobiography, employment records, criminal
clearance documents, multiple letters of reference, fingerprints, a report
on your home, deed to your home, etc. Having multiple copies ready will
be very useful when it’s time to be interviewed by a social worker
Just as important as being prepared, is the need to continue accessing
your modes of support post-adoption. Don’t assume your job is done
when you finally adopt your child. The information you seek will be slightly
different, but the need to do so is just as vital. Deciding when and where
to share information about your adoption story will be just as personal,
but it will be just as crucial as the original desire to adopt. And all
the documentation you gathered prior to the adoption is just the start
of the information you will continue to collect for the benefit of your
child and your family.
If you need assistance determining where to start to
adopt a child in Arizona, please get in touch with one of the experienced Arizona adoption lawyers at
Arizona Family Law Attorneys.