You have finally decided to make the jump into adoption. Raising an adopted child can be one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding experiences; and no matter how long you anticipate the moment, you need to be prepared for when your child first comes home. Here are a few tips to best prepare for an adoption.
Break Down Adoption Process into a Checklist
While many agencies outline the steps to complete for the adoption process, it can still be complicated. Break down the process into smaller steps, such as “gather information needed to complete I-600A” or “receive fingerprint appointment date,” to make it easier to follow.
Ask the Right Questions When You Get a Referral
Getting a referral is exciting, but you have to remember to ask the right questions before meeting your child for the first time. Are they allergic to certain ingredients? What time do they eat? Sleep? You should ask about your child’s:
- Family history and medical conditions
- Eating and sleeping habits
- Daily schedule
- Behavioral and developmental information
Waiting for your child to finally come home may seem like forever, but it will happen sooner than you think and you need to be prepared. Start with a stack of books on general parenting, adoption, children’s mental health, attachment disorder and childhood trauma. You can also navigate online forums to learn more about specific questions you have.
In addition to knowledge, you’ll also want to prepare your home. That means assembling a crib, stocking up on diapers, buying clothes, cleaning your home, making food, baby-proofing and setting up a baby monitor system. Most importantly, you’ll probably want to research a few names to have ready for the big day.
Build a Support System
Look for local adoption support groups or talk to friends and family that have adopted children. Having a support system can help you navigate some of the tougher aspects of adoption, such as trauma and attachment issues.
Plan to Take Time Off
Remember, the process of adoption can be exhausting. This may mean taking off work or school to spend more time bonding with your child. You should also plan to take time for yourself, whether that means going out on a dinner date with your spouse or staying in and watching TV.
Are You Ready to Adopt?
Whether adopting your stepchild or otherwise, adoption is a major decision and requires experienced and passionate representation. Our Okaloosa County adoption lawyers at Chesser & Barr, P.A. can help you navigate the complexity of adoption and secure a successful result. We are eager to go on this journey with you.Call (850) 610-7471 or contact us online to speak with a representative.