How to Find a Texas Adoptive Family for Your Child
Once you’ve made the decision to place your baby for adoption, the next step is to find adoptive parents for him or her. But how do you find families looking to adopt?
Finding adoptive parents may take a lot of time and thought – it’s not always easy to find the perfect parents for your child – but there are many ways to search.
If you’re comfortable sharing your pregnancy and adoption plan with people around you, ask your friends and family members if they know any couples looking to adopt a child. Maybe a friend of a friend, or a neighbor, or someone who goes to your church is hoping to adopt. This could be the perfect way to find an adoption situation where you may be able to play a more significant role in your child’s life.
However, finding adoptive parents through networking can be very difficult, particularly if you live in a small community. Additionally, there is no way for you to ‘screen’ adoptive families this way; you may find yourself agreeing to an adoption plan with a couple who is great but not perfect.
There are many adoption agencies and websites out there that provide listings of waiting adoptive families that you can look through. Many times these include a short adoption profile that tells you a little bit about the family. These adoption profiles provide you a way to quickly search through hundreds of adoptive families and immediately discard any that aren’t the right fit for you and your child. Many adoptive families create social media pages dedicated to their adoption. Through these you can generally learn more about the family and contact them if you wish to move forward.
One drawback of searching the internet on your own is the sheer volume of profiles. It can quickly become overwhelming to be presented with so many families at once. When you finally get the selection down to just a few options you may come to find that the family you loved was already matched with a child or that their desires for a child don’t match yours.
Using an Agency
Fortunately, you can eliminate these issues by using an adoption agency to help you find adoptive parents for your child. An agency will take the time to help you determine your desires for your child. This can include desired race, religion, age, and location of the adoptive family (and so much more). From here the agency will comb through all adoption profiles and present you with only the ones that specifically match your desires, taking a significant burden off of your shoulders.
You will then be able to read through each of the profiles at your own pace. You can discard any that don’t appeal to you and you can keep the ones you like. Once you’ve chosen a family that you feel is the perfect fit, you will be given the opportunity to talk to them over the phone before making a final decision. Throughout the entire process, your adoption agency will be there to provide support or answer any questions you may have about the potential families. The adoption agency will do everything they can to help you make the best decision for you and your child.
Additionally, by using an adoption agency you can rest assured that all adoptive families have been thoroughly screened and are ready to adopt. Adoption agencies require all of their families to have a completed home study before joining the agency. This means that each family has completed background checks, health exams, home safety checks and more to ensure they are ready to adopt a child. This can be an extreme comfort to expectant mothers as it ensures that her child will be placed in a safe environment.
Whether you find an adoptive family through networking, internet searching or using an adoption agency, it is important that you listen to your heart. Mother’s intuition kicks in long before giving birth and if you aren’t 100% confident in the adoptive family that you chose, it’s best not to move forward.