Saturday, July 2, 2011

Considering Adoption...A Guide to Help

Considering Adoption? Or know someone who is?
I cannot begin to tell you the countless emails, Facebook messages, etc. that I receive from prospective adoptive parents requesting information on how to begin the adoption process.

What a great idea to share information on our blog in hopes of sharing some expert “how-to-adopt” advice and heartwarming stories from the editors and readers of Adoptive Families magazine www.adoptionguide.com and other sites.

It is always a pleasure to meet with families and talk about our Adoption Journey". My last visit, was a few days ago with a physician and his wife. The visit went very well! (except for Halle-Grace leaving lots of cheerios on the floor, she did however clean up her little mess before we said goodbye - she is a cool kid for sure)!

As I continue to receive more and more requests, I wanted to share a few sites that I find trustworthy! As I stated, adoption is a journey, not a process…so hold on and enjoy the JOURNEY!

Here’s a wonderful starting place:
 * National Council For Adoption (NCFA) is an adoption advocacy nonprofit that promotes a culture of adoption through education, research, and legislative action. They have been in service for over 30 years and remain the premier non- profit adoption advocacy group. Above all, Education is KEY! My personal recommendation to anyone considering adoption…find an accredited agency! Visit NCFA’s website www.adoptioncouncil.org
Agencies under their “umbrella” are accredited!

Carolina Adoption Services
This is the agency we went through to adopt Halle-Grace
And there are many more listed on the NCFA website that are wonderful agencies!

More sites, you will find helpful depending on domestic vs. international adoption http://laws.adoption.com/statutes/north-carolina-laws.html
This site will bring you up to date on adoption laws in each state (very important to know this crucial information)! Laws are different state to state, so please do your homework.

Another site that contains a wide breadth of information http://www.adoptivefamilies.com/ Great stories for pre-adoption/post adoption, etc.

Once you find an agency you feel comfortable working with, ask for references and call at least 3 families who have completed their adoption. This is more valuable than I can express!

It is always a joy to have the opportunity to share our adoption journey to our tiny miracle, Halle-Grace! I believe every child deserves a loving, permanent family and “Building families through the miracle of adoption” is a true passion of mine and I love getting inquiries seeking guidance/information, and I am more than happy to help in any way that I can!

Little Miss Magic! Thank God for the gift of Adoption!

Shannon

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