What to Do While Waiting to Adopt

Choosing to adopt a child is big decision. Couples have a lot to consider before they commit to becoming the parents of a child born to someone else. Once they’ve made the decision to adopt, however, they’ll likely want to be holding their new son or daughter as soon as possible.

While it’s good to be excited and natural to be eager, it’s important to remember that there is a process to adopting a child, and that process takes time.

It doesn’t matter how qualified you are to be a parent; there will be a waiting period. It’s very important to prepare yourself and be patient.

There’s no way of knowing how long it might take to adopt a child. Even after the initial application and approval process, it can take some time before you are chosen by an expecting parent.  Biological parents often have a specific idea for the family they want to raise their child.

This can be frustrating and even disheartening. Just remember that when you are chosen it will have been worth the wait.

Prepare Yourself

Whether or not you’re already a parent, things will change when you bring a new child home. Your priorities will shift. Your budget will be altered. Use this time to prepare yourself mentally, financially, emotionally, and physically.

Take care of things you won’t be able to when you’re tending to a new child. Some waiting families use this time to go on a vacation they otherwise won’t be able to take.

Also use this time to plan for the future. Find a pediatrician. Get a room ready. No matter how long it takes, act like it’s going to happen eventually.

Adjust Your Profile

It’s important that you have a professional profile done for your family. While we recognize this is an additional cost in your adoption journey, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of having your profile done by a company that understand the full adoption triad. Both Kindred+Co and Arrow and Root are excellent sources for a profile book.

If your profile book is not being noticed by expecting moms it is probably time to take a look at how it can be made to better reflect you.

Should I Connect with Other Agencies?

Ultimately, it’s best to find one trustworthy agency to work with. If you’re looking for an adoption agency in Cincinnati, Columbus, or any other Ohio community, Choosing Hope Adoptions is here for you. We work with families across the state, helping them navigate the adoption process with the highest regard to adoption ethics.

We know firsthand how difficult adopting a child can be, and we’ll walk beside you every step of the way, providing the support you need. If you’ve made the decision to adopt, contact us today.

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