Choosing an adoptive family for your unborn baby will be one of the most important decisions you ever make. Know your options. Spend time thinking about the kind of family you are looking for and don’t apologize for being picky. Remember, your baby is counting on you to make a thoughtful and sound decision.
If at all possible, you should take your time when choosing a family. Don’t settle for choosing the family from the stack of profiles an adoption agency or attorney hand you. There are thousands (literally!) of adoptive families in this country to choose from. Make a list of likes and dislikes from each profile that you view.
- Do you want a family that lives thirty minutes away or across the country?
- Do you want parents who are scientists or do you prefer creative-types?
- Do you want a family who loves the great outdoors or prefers to visits museums on their off days?
If you want a family who is serious about their faith, don’t settle for one that only goes to church or temple on major holidays. If you’re looking for a biracial couple or a family with other adopted children, don’t compromise on that. We promise that family is out there. The bottom line is don’t be afraid to be selective. In fact, you should be highly selective! Go here for a full list of questions that we recommend every expectant parent ask adoptive parents once you meet them for the first time.
Once you narrow your choices to a few families you like, you can submit a Request for More Information on each of them. Remember, any family you view on AdoptMatch is represented by a licensed adoption agency or attorney committed to ethical and compassionate adoptions.