In the United States, more than 100,000 children are waiting to be adopted into permanent homes. Most are school-aged, but some are older. Many prospective children have behavioral, physical, emotional, or learning disabilities.
Some are siblings, or twins waiting to be adopted together. More than half are from minority groups.
Most children waiting to be adopted currently live in foster homes or group homes for children. In most cases, their parents were unfit to take care of them, with personal problems getting in the way of a healthy family life. Some children have been abused, neglected, or abandoned.
Types of Adoption
In the United States, there are two main types of adoption. A closed adoption is when the birth and adoptive families do not share any identifying information or contact information. An open adoption allows the birth parents to connect in some way with the child, as well as his or her adoptive parents and family. This may include writing letters, phone calls, or visits. Open adoptions are more common with older children.
Giving up a Baby for Adoption
The first step in giving a baby up for adoption is deciding whether it’s right choice for you. Your situation is unique, and only you can know what is right for your child. What other options do you have? It’s important to consider every option before you make your decision. In addition, talking to a counselor, adoption agency, or non-profit organization based around adoption can help you to understand whether the process of giving your child up for adoption is a good fit for you and your situation. If you have questions about adoption, they should be able to clarify them for you so that you can make an informed and rational decision.
Adopting a Baby
If you are considering adopting a child, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the number of choices you have to make. Firstly, you’ll need to choose between adopting an infant from the United States and adopting an infant from an international adoption agency. The costs vary significantly for each. If you would like to adopt a domestic infant, it’s a good idea to enlist the help of an adoption agency. Private agencies determine their own criteria, which you will have to meet if you want to adopt a child with their assistance. This process can take time. In some cases, you may be able to choose between birth parents or even meet them in person. A closed adoption may take longer, as most agencies support open adoption processes. You may also choose to locate a potential birth mother with the help of a lawyer, and have a private adoption.
If you choose to adopt an international child, you will need to enlist the services of an international adoption agency, such as a private orphanage, foundation, social welfare group, or government body. You will likely be required to travel to the country to pick up the child.
Contacting an adoption agency is one of the safest ways to proceed, whether you’re looking to give a child up for adoption or adopt a child. In the United States, some of the largest agencies include American Adoptions, Adopt America Network, and America World Adoption Association.