Finding Adoptive Parents in Virginia
How do I find a family that’s right for my baby?
When it comes to finding adoptive parents in Virginia, you have the right to make sure it’s a perfect fit. Before your American Adoptions adoption specialist shows you prospective adoptive parents, she’ll ask you to think about a few questions:
Where do you want your child to grow up? American Adoptions works with families from across the country, so whether you’d prefer your child with an adoptive family in Virginia or in a different part of the nation, that can be accommodated.
Do you want your child to have siblings?
Is it important to you that your child look like his or her adoptive parents? Of course, they won’t be biologically related, but some women find that it’s important to them for a prospective adoptive family to share their own cultural background and traditions.
What kind of lifestyle do you want for your baby? Do you picture him or her with musically inclined adoptive parents near Virginia, or do you see your baby growing up on a farm in the rural Midwest?
Is it important to you that the adoptive family share your same values? Some women wonder the religion of the adoptive parents; if this is important to you, you can consider prospective adoptive families who share the same religion.
If you aren’t sure exactly what you’re searching for in couples looking to adopt, that’s okay. Your adoption specialist can help you think about what’s important to you and show you families that have many different qualities.
What do prospective adoptive families in VA have to do to work with American Adoptions?
At American Adoptions, we have a vetting process before a prospective adoptive family can go active, or begin looking for adoption opportunities. All of our adoptive families in Virginia have:
Undergone a home study. This means that a social worker has interviewed all members of the family, performed a home inspection, and completed background checks, medical and financial records to ensure the family is fully prepared to add another member.
Committed fully to growing through adoption. It’s not uncommon for a family to struggle for years with infertility before coming to adoption. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, but it’s important that the family has fully grieved their infertility before deciding to adopt. All American Adoptions families are just as excited to grow through adoption as they would’ve been to have a child biologically.
Expressed excitement to develop a relationship with you. We always recommend open adoptions whenever possible, which means that the adoptive parents and birth parents share identifying information and maintain a relationship as their child grows. Not only will you be able to feel assured that your child is healthy and happy, but he or she will be able to grow up knowing you and understanding the sacrifice you made on their behalf.
Virginia Adoption Profiles
When your adoption specialist has an idea of what you’re looking for in adoptive parents, she’ll start to show you profiles of prospective adoptive families in Virginia or around the country. With American Adoptions, you’ll be able to learn more about adoptive families in two methods:
Adoptive Parent Profiles. Print profiles are short, simple pamphlets that give you basic information about an adoptive family — what their home is like, what kind of lifestyle they enjoy, what their goals are for their family. It’s a quick way to know whether or not you’d like to learn more about them.
Adoptive Family Video Profiles. If a print profile does interest you, you can also look at that family’s video profile. This will allow you to see how the family interacts together, watch their mannerisms and get a feel for who they are beyond what you can read on a page.
Once you’ve found people looking to adopt a newborn in Virginia that you’d like to meet, your adoption specialist will arrange a conference call. If all goes well, you might be talking to your baby’s adoptive parents! For more information about the adoption process in Virginia or to begin your adoption journey, call 1-800-ADOPTION, or request free information here.
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