How to become an Adoptive Parent–in 7 Steps!

Whether you’re ready to create a home for a waiting child–or you want more information about the process–you will need to know these seven steps to put you on the right path.

1)  Contact an adoption agency.  Go to or check out agencies on 

2)  Attend an orientation meeting or adoption support group meeting.  This is where you’ll learn about the responsiblities of an adoptive parent.

3)  Participate in training.  Most agencies have some type of mandatory training you’ll have to go through that will teach you if adopting is right for you.

4)  Complete the application.  You will need to provide reference letters from employers and friends.  Plus you’ll need to share personal information about your family and criminal background checks.

5)  You’ll need to arrange for a Homestudy.  A social worker will determine if your home is safe and has enough space for a child.

6) Wait for approval.  You may have to wait for the background checks, homestudy, and other approval paperwork to be reviewed.  Use the time for reading and networking with other adoptive parents.

7)  Congratulations!  You’ve been approved and ready for placement of a child (a referral).  This is where you and the agency work together to find the right match.

Deborah Mumm, The Adoption Coach….


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