So many thoughts on your mind, so many questions, and more than a short list of worries.
It may feel like everyone you talk to has a different opinion about what you should choose.
It can be hard to find someone you can trust who also understands how adoption works.
You need a safe space to ask questions
about the adoption process and get honest answers from someone you trust.
All the information you need to make an informed decision
You shouldn't trust just anyone to tell help you with adoption. The truth is, the internet is full of adoption providers offering help, but they may not have your best interests at heart.
It's important to understand the different types of adoption professionals out there.
Some adoption professionals you'll find online aren't actually licensed to provide adoption services. They place ads, sign you up for their services, and then collect a big fee from the family who adopts your baby. These brokers (sometimes called “adoption facilitators”) forward your private information around until it reaches families who are waiting to adopt.
Working with an adoption facilitator makes it difficult for an expectant mother to find the right adoptive parents for her child. and get the support she needs. More than half of the states in the country make it illegal to work with one of the brokers, but these laws are often ignored.
AVOID ADOPTION FACILITATORS AND BROKERS LIKE THE PLAGUE.
You and your baby are NOT commodities to be used for profit. AdoptMatch will connect you with licensed, ethical adoption professionals and families ready to adopt.
Tons of information on a website plus page after page of families hoping to adopt can be overwhelming. The last thing you need right now is a long list of things to read and a stack of paperwork to complete before getting your questions answered.
Before starting down the adoption path, you first need to understand what happens in the adoption process and have a chance to ask your questions.
Choosing a family to adopt your child is an important part of an adoption but the process shouldn't be rushed and shouldn't feel like online shopping.
DON'T MAKE A DECISION UNTIL YOU FULLY UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS.
No amount of information on a website can replace a community of licensed adoption experts near you who understand what you need right now.
If the people you choose to help you with your adoption aren't located in your state, they may not be able to help you very much.
Even if they promise all kinds of support, many out-of-state adoption providers don't connect you with the resources and information you need, such as counseling, legal representation, housing resources, medical referrals, birth education and support.
FIND AN ETHICAl, LICENSED ADOPTION AGENCY OR ATTORNEY IN THE STATE WHERE YOU LIVE.
Adoption services should first focus on providing you with information about how adoption works in your state and on helping you find support where you are.
You deserve to have all of your questions answered honestly, without getting lost in a sea of paperwork and faces of hopeful adoptive parents.
You need to find an adoption provider you can trust.
Next, get the whole story about your adoption options from a birth mother who understands what you’re going through.