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What Variables Can Affect My Adoption Timeline?

There are many variables that will affect the length of your wait until you and a birth mother agree to move forward jointly with an adoption plan.


Some important variables to consider are:

  1. Will you only consider adopting a child of a specific race? Or will you consider adopting a bi-racial child or a child of another race or ethnicity?


  2. In many cases, birth mothers may have medical coverage or qualify for Medicaid. In the event that medical and hospital expenses must be paid by the adoptive family, are you willing to assume this financial burden?


  3. If a birth mother contacts you and reports that she has had no or limited prenatal care, would you eliminate her for this reason alone?


  4. The possibility does exist that birth mothers that contact you will demand that you assist them financially with housing, food and other necessary living expenses. If the state adoption laws in the state where the birth mother resides and/or in the state in which you live allow this practice, would you agree to do so?


  5. Families United Network believes that birth mother counseling is a key component to successful adoption outcomes. Would you agree to pay for the birth mother to utilize this service?


  6. How far into her pregnancy would you prefer a birth mother to be for you to feel confident that she is committed to an adoption plan?


  7. Today, the majority of birth mothers prefer some degree of openness during their pregnancy, and after the adoptive placement. If you are not obligated by the courts, would you agree to partner with a birth mother that demands a long term relationship with you and your adopted child? If yes, with what type of communication or contact would you feel comfortable?


  8. It can be assumed that the majority of birth mothers that read your “Dear Birth Mother” letters or find you through other means, do not have the financial ability to raise their biological child properly. In order for you to develop a trusting relationship with a birth mother, will you require that she have certain character traits and be willing to disclose personal information about the birth father, immediate family members, etc.? Or will simply a sweet voice on the phone or a compelling story be enough for you to make a decision to move ahead with this birth mother?


  9. Would you consider partnering with a birth mother that discloses that she smokes? Has abused drugs and/or alcohol? Is homeless? Or claims not to know the identity of the birth father?


  10. Would you agree to partner with a birth mother when there is a reasonable chance that her baby will be born with a disability? If so, what type of disability would you accept?


  11. If you learn that key birth mother and birth father relatives do not support their decision to move ahead with an adoption plan would you consider or continue to partner with this birth mother?


  12. Are you willing to network with friends, acquaintances and professional colleagues to develop additional sources of information and support as you move ahead with your adoption plan?


  13. Do you have the financial resources to advertise for a birth mother in a variety of ways? Or is your adoption budget for advertising expenses somewhat limited?


  14. Geographically, are there any states or regions in the country from which you would not want to adopt?


  15. Single women that pursue domestic adoption are at a significant disadvantage. If you are single, are you willing to begin an adoption process that may take years to complete? Historically, single women have had greater success adopting internationally.
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