Deciding to adopt a child can be one of the most rewarding choices of your life. However, before you meet your new child, you must go through an often long and grueling adoption process. Since adoption is considered a legal process in the eyes of the government, there are several key players you will work alongside throughout this journey.
1. Adoption Facilitator or Specialist
The first person you will meet in this process will likely be the adoption facilitator or specialist. These people are usually social workers tasked with placing a child with the perfect family. Since their primary job is to determine the perfect fit, they will be working closely with you throughout the entire process. They will be available to answer any questions you have along the way and will be the number one cheerleader in helping you complete your family.
2. Birth Mother
While the role of the birth mother or family varies by situation, they will always play an important role in the adoption process. In some cases, the birth mother will want to have direct communication with the adoptive parents and the child through an "open adoption." In other cases, even if the birth mother does not initially want any contact, the child may try and reach out later down the road.
Since adoption is a legal process, you will work very closely with an attorney. They will be able to help you through the post-adoption contracts and adoption consent forms.
The final step of the legal adoption process would be an official court approval. The judge assigned to your case would go over all contracts and paperwork before passing a final ruling on whether or not the government should approve the adoption.
The adoption process will involve a multitude of people working hard to ensure that you are able to complete your family. They will help you make the best choices for you and your new family member.