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Adoption isn't just about finding children to adopt. Matching a potential adoptive parent with a child is a matter that can involve a number of government agencies and take time. This summary will help you understand the process better.

Finding Children to Adopt

Understanding your needs is the first step in the adoption process and a big part of that is evaluating your adoption readiness. You won't be eligible to adopt until you've completed an adoption home study conducted by a state social worker. This is a component in all adoptions. Checking to make sure your home is kid friendly, you are financially fit, and don't have a criminal background are all part of the process. In some states, personal references from friends, coworkers and clergy are encouraged as is a written autobiography.

Once you know that you are ready to adopt and meet the required qualifications, you can start checking out the available options. Adoption can proceed a number of different ways:

If you are interested in adopting an older or special needs child, your best bet is to use a public adoption agency. You can find any number of adoption registries in your state that will provide background on specific children. Typically these are foster children looking for permanent placements. If a child has siblings, all the children will be placed together.

Public adoption agencies and foster child placements are a good choice for applicants who may not be ideal, like older or single adopters. Because older and special needs children are harder to place, there are more in the system and placements are typically much quicker.

If you're looking for a younger child or an infant, you might want to pursue adoption through a private agency. These state licensed facilities may have religious affiliations or specialize in foreign adoptions from specific countries. Using a private adoption agency may result in a faster placement, but it can be a more expensive option than a public adoption.

If you're determined to locate a newborn, a private adoption may be for you. Using consultants or facilitators, this method doesn't use an agency at all. Instead, a facilitator puts a pregnant birth mother in touch with an adoptive family directly. This is typically an open adoption where the names and backgrounds of the parties involved are known to all the principals in the adoption.

Once you are qualified to adopt and have been matched with a child, there is typically an adjustment period, after which the adoption is finalized in court. There are many potential children to adopt in the United States and abroad. During any given year, at least 50,000 children are adopted via domestic and international means.

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