If you’re a woman considering adoption for your baby, it’s because you want your child to have the best life imaginable. It’s a hard decision, and one that we know you aren’t making lightly. Your next question, then, may be, “How do I find adoptive parents for my baby?” It’s an overwhelming step, but you’re not alone. That’s where American Adoptions comes in.
When you pursue an adoption with American Adoptions, you’ll work with your own individual adoption specialist. She’ll get to know you and work to help you understand exactly what you’re looking for in the perfect prospective adoptive parents for your baby. First, she’ll ask you to consider a few questions:
Where do you want your baby to grow up? If you want to find a family in Arkansas, that can certainly be arranged. As a national adoption agency, American Adoptions works with adoptive families all over the country. Whether you see your child growing up on a farm in the Midwest or in a large urban area, whatever you picture for your child can become his or her reality.
What kind of lifestyle do you want your baby to have? Is it important to you that your child grow up around arts and culture? Would you prefer his or her adoptive parents be more outdoorsy?
Do you want your baby to have siblings? Maybe you want your child to grow up with other adopted children, or maybe you want him or her to be an only child.
Do you want your baby to resemble his or her parents? Obviously, your baby will not be biologically related to his adoptive family, but some women feel strongly about finding a family that shares a cultural background or traditions with them.
Your adoption specialist will also ask you to determine what values are important to you, such as religion, and whether the adoptive family should share your personal beliefs. When you’ve considered all of these aspects, it’s time to start looking at information about parents looking to adopt a newborn in Arkansas. All families you’re shown through American Adoptions meet the following criteria:
Have completed a home study. This means that a social worker has inspected their home and interviewed all members of the family to ensure that they’re ready to provide a safe, loving home for your baby. All members of the family have passed background checks.
Are fully committed to growing through adoption. Many of our families have struggled with infertility, and it’s important that they are completely finished with that grieving process before they’re allowed to “go active,” or be shown as options to pregnant women considering adoption. We won’t present a family as an option for your baby if we aren’t completely sure of their commitment to adoption.
Excited to have contact with you. At American Adoptions, we recommend open adoption, which means that we encourage you and the adoptive parents to build a relationship that will continue as your child grows up. Openness in an adoption benefits all members in an adoption triad and will allow you to watch your child grow and develop a relationship with him or her if you wish to.
When you’re ready to begin looking at families waiting to adopt, you’ll be able to look at two kinds of adoption profiles:
Written Adoptive Family Profiles. You’ll receive a selection of print profiles that are essentially brochures about different people looking to adopt in Arkansas and around the country. Each profile with include information about a prospective adoptive family that will help you get an idea of what your baby’s life would be like if placed with them. The profiles will outline their home life, their interests and hobbies, and why the family decided to pursue adoption.
Adoptive Family Video Profiles. If a prospective adoptive family piques your interest in their written profile, you’ll also be able to watch their video profile. This allows them to show you their environment and their mannerisms rather than just telling you about them. You get a better picture of what your child’s life would be like with them, and you’ll begin to get to know them before ever reaching out. You’ll get to understand what makes each family waiting to adopt unique.
When you’ve found a family you’d like to talk to, your adoption specialist will arrange a phone call between you and help to facilitate a conversation. If it feels right, you’ve matched with your child’s adoptive parents!
For more information about how to find adoptive parents for your baby in Arkansas, or to learn more about adoptive parents in Arkansas and across the country, call 1-800-ADOPTION.
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