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Choosing an Adoptive Family

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When you’re choosing an adoptive family for your child, there are many things to consider. This will probably feel like one of the most important choices you’ll make in the adoption process; and while it might feel overwhelming at first, it can also feel exciting and like a huge relief when you find the perfect family. There are many wonderful families wanting to adopt a child, and determining what’s important to Button-Waiting-Familiesyou in an adoptive family is the first step to finding one that will be the right fit. You will probably want to think about their financial situation, education, jobs and family structure. You might also want to know things like what kind of values they have and what their lifestyle is like. Every birth mother approaches this process a little differently – there is no “right” or “wrong” way to do it. Looking through the adoptive family profiles on this site can help you get started and think about what criteria matter most to you.

One of the first things that often comes to mind for birth mothers is finding adoptive families that have the financial security and resources to raise a child. You might want to know about what kind of education the parents have, and what they do for a living. Do you want adoptive parents who have college degrees? Do you want them to have post-graduate education, like a Masters or PhD degree? Are you interested in what kind of work they do? You can see this information on the adoptive family profiles. You might also want to know about what their family structure is like. Do you want your child to be raised in a family where both parents work, or where one is a stay-at-home parent? Some birth mothers prefer to place their child with new parents, while others are more comfortable with families that are already raising a child. You will be able to find out if they have other children, or have adopted a child before. You should also think about whether you would be willing to consider placing your child with a single parent. Some of the adoptive parents on our waiting list are well-educated women with stable careers who don’t have a partner, but feel ready to raise a child and know they have the financial resources to do so.

You may want to think about whether the adoptive parents will have a physical resemblance to your child, and if they are the same race or ethnicity. Some birth mothers want to find adoptive parents who will look like their child, while for others this isn’t a consideration. You may also want to think about cultural factors like what religion the adoptive parents are, and geographic factors like where they live. Some birth mothers want to live close to their child, and be able to visit them easily – others might find it difficult to live somewhere where they might see their child frequently or accidentally.

As you look through the adoptive family profiles on this site, remember that every family is here because they feel ready to provide a loving and supportive home for a child – you are sure to make a connection with one that’s right for you. The waiting families in our adoptive family profile list have all been through a rigorous screening process, so you can trust that the information here is true. If you want to see more information about a family, you can click on “Expand Summary” to learn more about them. Before you choose your family, you’ll be able to meet with them and make sure they’re the right fit. We’ll be here to support you through the entire process and provide help along the way.