First Steps of Adoption
There are four simple steps you can take to start the adoption process. This guide breaks each one down into easy actions you can take today that will move you closer toward your dream of starting a family.
The adoption process is a life-changing journey, and it might feel overwhelming to think about completing the entire process. That’s why we are going to break things down step-by-step.
If you just keep doing the next right thing, with our guidance, you will be suddenly closer to holding your newborn in your arms.
Here’s how to start the adoption process:
Step 1: Enjoy a Free Consultation with Your Adoptive Family Coordinator
You deserve to experience the joy of starting a family, and we want you to have the best experience possible along the way. That’s why we provide free consultations to all families when they are getting started. This sets you up for success in your adoption journey.
One simple thing you can do to take this step: Click here to get our free adoption information guide and schedule your free consultation.
Step 2: Fill Out a Pre-Application and Start the Home Study
The pre-application helps us to meet you where you’re at. For families who are still gathering information, we can provide you with helpful resources and support. For families who are already home study approved, we can fast-track your process so that you don’t have to wait any longer to start your family.
If you need to start your home study, we can help with that, too. We are licensed to provide home studies in Texas, Florida, California, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Arizona.
One simple thing you can do to take this step: Click here to fill out the pre-application form and get more home study information.
Step 3: Complete Your Adoption Planning Questionnaire
The adoption planning questionnaire is your adoption roadmap. This simple document allows us to create a personalized adoption experience tailored to your specific needs.
At this time, some families have already completed a home study. If you haven’t done this, check out this complete guide on how to have a stress-free home study process with our help.
One simple thing you can do to complete this step: Once you have filled out the pre-application form, you can create your American Adoptions online account and access your APQ.
Step 4: Create Your Family Profile
Your adoption profile is the opportunity to showcase what’s uniquely amazing about your family. This profile is the reason a prospective birth parent will choose your family, which is why we partner with a professional media company to help you create the best video profile possible.
One simple thing you can do to create this step: Once you have created your American Adoptions online account, you can click the Video and Print Profile tab for step-by-step instructions.
Once you have taken these four easy steps, you’ll be ready to become an active waiting family.
With our short average wait times, that means you are closer than ever to the moment you’ve been waiting for — when you hold your child in your arms for the first time and your family feels complete.
Ready to start your adoption process? Click here. Our experienced adoption professionals will be with you to provide support, education and preparation every step of the way.
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