If you’re a woman considering adoption in Maryland, you’re doing so because you want the best life imaginable for your child. But how to make sure they receive it? Finding the perfect adoptive parents for your child can be a stressful thought, but at American Adoptions, we’ll help you to find the perfect adoptive family for your baby.
Before we dive in to how to find adoptive parents for your baby in Maryland, it’s important to know how American Adoptions screens all prospective adoptive families in MD and throughout the U.S. Any family you are shown as an option for your child has successfully undergone:
An adoption home study, which is essentially an assessment of a family’s readiness for adoption. A home study includes a home inspection, background checks, and an interview with each family member living in the home.
Conversations with an assigned social worker to make sure that everyone in the family is both ecstatic about and fully committed to growing through adoption.
Agreements to commit to at least exchanging phone calls and photos with you until your baby is 18 years old, should you choose to have this communication with your child and their adoptive family.
You will never see a prospective adoptive family as an option for your baby unless we are absolutely confident in their ability to provide a safe and stable home for your child.
Now that you know how all of our prospective adoptive families are screened, it’s time to think about what you’re hoping to find in terms of adoptive parents for your child. Your American Adoptions adoption specialist will help you consider the following questions, if you don’t already have the answers in mind.
Is it important to you that your child have siblings? Some women want their children to grow up in homes with other children, while other women prefer to choose adoptive parents in Maryland who haven’t yet been able to have children of their own.
Does it matter to you if your child looks like his or her parents? Of course, because they won’t share DNA, there’s a limit to how much your baby and his or her adoptive parents will physically resemble each other. However, to some women, it matters whether or not a prospective adoptive family shares their own cultural background and traditions.
Where do you envision your baby growing up? Do you wish to place him or her with adoptive parents in Maryland? Or do you see your child being raised in a large urban area or somewhere in the Midwest? American Adoptions works with families across the country.
What values are important to you in adoptive parents? Think about what values you hold and decide if you’d like prospective adoptive parents to share them. For example, is it important to you that a prospective adoptive family share certain religious beliefs?
After you and your adoption specialist have gone over what you’re hoping to find in in a prospective adoptive family, she’ll begin to show you the adoption profiles of families waiting to adopt in Maryland and throughout the country. American Adoptions families create two adoption profiles:
Print profiles: Our print profiles act as a brochure that gives you basic information about an adoptive family. You’ll learn what their home is like, what their lifestyle is, why they’re hoping to grow through adoption, and more.
Video profiles: Video profiles will give you much of the same information as print profiles, but these take it a step further. You get to watch a prospective adoptive family interact with each other. You’ll hear their voices, learn some of their mannerisms, and have a visual aid to help you picture what your child’s life could be like in their home.
After you’ve chosen a family based on their Maryland adoption profiles, you’ll participate in a conference call so you can meet them. If all goes well, you may be talking to your baby’s adoptive parents!
For more information about finding adoptive parents in Maryland, call 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with an adoption specialist.
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