If you’re a woman considering placing your baby for adoption in Iowa, it’s because you want your child to have the best life imaginable — and you’ll do everything in your power to make sure that happens. A common stressor to other women in this situation, though, is how to choose the perfect adoptive parents to raise your child. Making sure you choose the right ones to give your child the life he or she deserves is a daunting task and can increase your stress levels considerably. However, at American Adoptions, we’ve got tons of practice with helping women find the perfect adoptive families in Iowa.
As a woman thinking about adoption for her child, you may already know what’s important to you in terms of prospective adoptive families in Iowa. However, it’s possible that you may not know what your ideal adoptive parents look like, and that’s okay. This is where American Adoptions comes in. When you work with our agency, you’ll work with your own individual adoption specialist to determine the answers to the following questions and more:
Does it matter to you if your child looks like his or her adoptive family? Of course, there’s a limit to how much an adopted child can look like his or her adoptive family, as they will not share any DNA. However, some women prefer that the prospective adoptive family they choose share the same cultural background as their own family.
Where do you envision your child growing up? Do you want your child to remain close to you in Iowa? Do you see him or her growing up on a coast or in a mountainous region? American Adoptions works with adoptive families in Iowa and across the country, so your child can grow up wherever you wish.
Do you want your child to have siblings? Some women prefer to place their children with adoptive parents who haven’t been able to conceive on their own and have not yet adopted. Other women have fond memories of growing up in large families and want to ensure their babies will have older siblings.
What values are important to you in your child’s prospective adoptive parents? Do you want your child’s adoptive family to share beliefs that are important to you, like religious or political beliefs? Consider what values are important in your life, and whether you care if your child is raised in the same way.
After you and your adoption specialist have narrowed down what you’re looking for in an adoptive family, you’ll start to look at the adoption profiles of families waiting to adopt in Iowa and elsewhere in the United States. Each prospective adoptive family that works with American Adoptions creates two types of adoption profiles:
Print profiles: A print profile acts as a brochure of sorts to let you know all of the basics about any particular adoptive family.
Video profiles: A video profile is a home video of sorts. An adoptive family brings a camera into their home and films themselves interacting with each other, so you can learn some of their mannerisms and understand a bit better what your child’s life would look like in their home.
After you’ve looked through the adoption profiles and chosen a family that appeals to you, your adoption specialist will schedule a conference call so you can meet them. If you feel comfortable and want to proceed, these could be your child’s adoptive parents!
It’s important for you to know how we screen every adoptive family that works with us. We will never show you adoption profiles for families who haven’t undergone:
Adoption home studies, which evaluate their readiness to adopt and include background checks, home inspections and interviews with all family members in the home.
Contact agreements to exchange, at the minimum, phone calls and photo updates with you until your child is a legal adult.
Conversations with social workers to evaluate each family’s readiness and commitment to adoption.
To learn more about finding adoptive parents in Iowa or anywhere else in the U.S., please call American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION or request free adoption information online.
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