If you’re considering adoption for your baby, it’s because you want him or her to have the best life imaginable. It’s your right, then, to make sure that’s really what your child gets if you choose adoption for them. So how do you go about finding adoptive parents that will make your vision for your child’s life a reality?
That’s where American Adoptions steps in. With our agency, you get to plan every step of your adoption to the last minute detail, and that includes choosing prospective adoptive parents that will make you feel confident in your child’s future. Finding adoptive parents in Nevada can seem like an overwhelming task, which is why your American Adoptions specialist will help you to hone in on exactly what you’re looking for in a prospective adoptive family.
There are plenty of parents looking to adopt a newborn in Nevada and across the U.S. — so much so that choosing one can seem impossible. To help narrow your search, your adoption specialist will ask you to consider the following questions:
Where do you want your baby to grow up? Are you only interested in parents looking to adopt a newborn in Nevada, or would you prefer an adoptive family in another state? As a national agency, American Adoptions works with families from across the country, so if it’s important to you that your child grow up in a certain area, that can be accommodated.
What kind of lifestyle do you want your baby to have? Is it important to you that he or she grow up in an outdoorsy family, with frequent camping trips and adventures? Would you prefer he be surrounded by arts and culture in an urban area?
Do you want your child to have siblings? Is it important that the adoptive family has adopted before? Or would you prefer to match with a couple who’s never had a child?
Is it important that your child physically resemble his or her adoptive family? Of course, your child won’t be biologically related to his or her adoptive parents, but some women prefer that they share a cultural background or cultural traditions.
What traits or values do you want the parents that adopt your child to possess? Is it important to you if they practice a certain religion or have achieved a specific level of higher education? Think about what’s important to you in your own life and whether or not you want to have that in common with your child’s adoptive parents.
Before a prospective adoptive family will ever be shown to you as an option for your child, they have to have met certain requirements:
Completed a home study. Before a family can go active with American Adoptions, or start looking for an adoptive match, they must have completed a home study with a Nevada home study provider. A home study involves an inspection of the family’s home, interviews with each family member and background and financial checks. This makes sure that they’re ready to provide a loving and stable environment for a new family member.
Fully committed to adoption. For many families who want to adopt a baby in Nevada, this decision has actually been a journey. Many times, prospective adoptive families have undergone painful struggles with infertility and coming to terms with not being able to have biological children of their own. It’s important to us to make sure they are fully committed and excited to have a child through adoption before they begin working with American Adoptions. We’ll never show you a family who isn’t ready to love your child more than anything in the world.
Excited to get to know you. It’s been shown that openness in adoption benefits everyone involved — the birth parents, the adoptive parents and the child. An open adoption means that the birth family and adoptive family share some degree of communication, whether that occurs through emails, texts, phone calls or in-person visits. This way, you’ll be able to feel assured that your child is doing well, and your child will have the opportunity to get to know you and understand your adoption decision.
Once you’ve developed a picture of what you’re looking for in families wanting to adopt, your adoption specialist will begin showing you profiles of prospective adoptive families in Nevada and across the country. You’ll get to review two forms of adoption profiles with American Adoptions:
Adoptive Parent Profiles. Print profiles can be equated to brochures of prospective adoptive families for your baby. They’ll give you a chance to quickly read about the family, their home and their lifestyle.
Adoptive Family Video Profiles. If a family’s print profile interests you, their video profile will take it a step further. You’ll get to watch a family interact with each other in the home environment and get to know more about them. Instead of forming an idea of them in your head, you’ll get to see their mannerisms and how they act in their own home from the comfort of a screen — be that your phone, computer, etc.
These Nevada adoption profiles help you get to know families before committing to meeting them. When you do settle on a family from the profiles your adoption specialist has shown you, you can choose to have a conference call to meet them. If you feel comfortable with them, you can begin developing a relationship with your child’s adoptive parents.
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