My husband and I want to adopt. What steps do we need to take to get the ball rolling?


Your first step toward adoption is to find an agency that you like. You should feel comfortable with the adoption agency you select. At this point, you must also consider whether you want to adopt through a public or private agency. Each type of agency has different prices and requirements.

Next, you will have to complete an application and fill out paperwork. Some agencies have requirements that you might not meet, but don’t worry. There are plenty of other fish in the sea. Additionally, state laws may require that a representative from the agency evaluates the home and parents in which a child will be placed. Working with a social worker is a vital part of this stage, and this might take several months.

After you are done waiting, you must also meet several legal requirements. In fact, some adoptive parents hire an attorney to handle these proceedings.


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