Once you have selected an agency, it is finally time to begin the formal adoption process. Ask your agency for guidance. Typically, you will attend an orientation meeting or training session for prospective adoptive parents, where you will:
- Meet social workers and learn about policies and practices
- Learn about the children who are available
- Be asked to examine your feelings about adoption and determine if adoption is the right choice for you
- Gain insight into the challenges and rewards of adoptive parenting
- Obtain application materials
Attend an orientation session
If possible, attend an orientation session before filling out an application so you are confident in the agency’s abilities to meet your needs. Application fees are often non-refundable, even if you decide to work through a different agency or change your mind about adopting.
Once you have chosen an agency and have completed the application process, ask your social worker how you should go about scheduling and preparing for your homestudy.
Only 29% of Americans think a person over the age of 55 can definitely provide a healthy and loving environment for a child.1
24% of adopted children live with an adoptive parent 55 years old or older.2
1 Source: National Foster Care Adoption Attitudes Survey, July 2013. Commissioned by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and conducted by Harris Interactive.
Available at davethomasfoundation.org.
2 Source: Child Trends’ data tabulation of the 2011 Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS). August 2013. Data from the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect, Cornell University, used with permission. Collected by Children’s Bureau. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children, Youth & Families. The data collector, funder, the Archive, Cornell University and their agents or employees bear no responsibility for the analyses or interpretations presented.