After deciding to place a baby for adoption, the next major decision is choosing an adoption agency. This critical step must be considered carefully; after all, you’ll be working closely with this agency for at least several months, and possibly for years.
There are a lot of questions you’ll want to ask potential adoption agencies in Denver. Start here:
Can You Help Me Make the Right Decision?
Of course, all agencies want to help you facilitate an adoption, but the best ones understand that adoption may not be the right choice for everyone. You should feel comfortable speaking with the agency even before you’ve made a decision, and they should not make you feel pressured to choose adoption.
We offer information about all your options to help you decide what’s best for you and your child. More than anything, we want you to know you’re making the right choice for you and your unique situation, whether that ends up being adoption or not.
How Can I Contact You? Will I Have a Designated Caseworker?
Your agency should be available to answer your questions quickly and completely. It also helps to have a caseworker who works closely with you throughout the entire adoption process. This allows you to get to know each other, and it allows the caseworker to understand your case thoroughly.
How is My Child Matched with an Adoptive Family?
You provide us with a list of preferences for the adoptive family. For example, you might prefer a family that matches your own religious beliefs or a family that lives in a certain part of the country because you intend to have an open adoption. From those preferences, we narrow the list of potential families and present you with their profiles once those families have approved a match.
You have the opportunity to learn more about each family and decide which one is best for the child.
How Do I Know the Baby Will Be Placed with a Safe, Responsible Family?
All hopeful adoptive parents must submit a wide variety of documents and complete a home study before being matched with a child. This includes background checks, financial records, and proof of medical insurance. It’s of utmost importance to us to ensure a family is prepared to provide a safe, nurturing environment for a child.
How Do You Help with Open and Semi-Open Adoptions?
The agency can help you develop your semi-open or open adoption agreement with the adoptive family and continue to mediate for you as the arrangement changes to suit the child’s best interests as he or she grows up.
What Happens After the Adoption is Finalized?
This depends on whether you choose a closed, semi-open, or open adoption. In semi-open and open adoptions, you will continue to have some contact with the agency and/or adoptive family as the child grows up.
In all cases, we are still here with counseling and support groups. You can attend birth parent support meetings for as long as you’d like.
And a Question for You: How Did the Agency Answer Your Questions?
Were they patient? Did they thoroughly explain the process and your options? Were they understanding of any indecision you might be feeling? Did they respond promptly?
The relationship with your chosen adoption agency will be ongoing, so you want to be sure you’re working with someone who cares about you and the child and whose primary concern is creating an adoption plan that works for you—if, indeed, adoption is the choice that’s right for you. It’s worth visiting a few agencies and asking as many questions as you’d like until you feel confident with your choice.
We look forward to meeting you. Let us know how we can help you decide whether or not adoption is right for you.