How to Adopt Successfully
Don't get lost in the adoption maze . . .
Families often find the adoption process to be confusing and easily overwhelming. In seeking to fulfill the goal of locating a child that is right for your family, you do not have to get lost in the process of adoption. Heritage Family Services can be your personal adoption guide and consultant to help navigate your way through the maze of paperwork, agencies, attorneys, birth mothers, and options on presenting your family. With Heritage you have the expertise of our staff to help guide and support you as you deal with the frustrations and stress of the adoption process.
Don't put your "eggs in one basket" . . .
There are many different options and yet it can be confusing to know which ones to pursue. While some agencies want you to only work with them, Heritage recognizes that you need to consider as many options as possible in order to increase your chances of locating a child who is right for your family. Heritage will assist you to identify other agencies and various attorneys with whom you can also be listed to increase your adoption opportunities. Heritage can also help you avoid wasting time and resources by identifying the options which might not be appropriate for your family.
Don't be bashful as an adoptive family . . .
In seeking a child, you will have to tell as many people as possible of your interest in adoption. The quickest way to reach your adoption goals is to do what is called "networking." Heritage will help you do this and to prepare the kinds of information you can use in this process. There are many options for presenting your family. Some of these options are cost and time effectiveness and others are often a waste of your family's resources. Heritage will help you develop a plan that is tailored to fit your family's adoption goals.
Do prepare great materials . . .
In order to adopt an infant, your family must be prepared to get your information in front of a prospective birth mother. Birth mothers are the ones who make the most important decisions in the adoptive process. Not only does she make the initial decision to place her child for adoption, but she also must participate in the selection of a family to give her child the love and security she wants it to receive. Birth mothers are much more involved in the process now than they were in years past, and it is vitally important to have the right materials to use to present your family to a birth mother. Like most agencies, Heritage uses "Dear Birthmother" letters as well as family photo albums or "Life Books." As the old adage says, "You only have one chance to make a good first impression." Your family's materials are the first thing the birth mother will look at about your family. You want your materials to make the best case possible for why the birth mother should select your family. Heritage will work with you to advise your family in the preparation of materials which will make an outstanding visual and descriptive presentation of the strengths of your family.
Do use Heritage as your guide . . .
Heritage Family Services has the experience and expertise to help you successfully through the adoption maze. By using our Facilitation and Consultation services, you will have your own adoption expert available as a resource every step of the way. Use of a full-service adoption agency like Heritage is the best way to insure you avoid many of the mistakes and pitfalls that some adoptive families make as they try to do it on their own. Heritage is committed to helping families like yours step-by-step throughout the adoption process. Our success is measured by how well we help adoptive parents to build their families and find the special child they can love and parent.