Infertility treatments are not right for every person or couple; some may choose to adopt. Others may go through fertility treatments and choose to adopt later. There are also a smaller portion of couples that cannot be helped by infertility treatments, and must choose adoption for family building.
This page will provide you with some basic adoption information as well as resources that could help you decide if adoption is right for you.
- -Public adoptions– these are coordinated through the local public agency (sometimes called foster care, child welfare, or social services)
- -Private adoptions– organized through licensed private agencies (permissible in most states and many foreign countries)
- -Independent or designated adoptions– this involves prospective adopting and prospective placing parents that have located each other themselves.
Adoptions can also be either domestic (within the country) or international. Because adoption laws vary from state to state, it is important to find out what type of adoption your state allows, as well as their specific regulations.
It is vital that prospective adoptive parents educate themselves about the adoption process and make detailed preparations specific to their state laws. When planning to adopt, an adoptive parent (or parents) should consider their reasons for adoption, and if they want to adopt a child of a particular race, age, or gender.
A good adoption plan should also consider whether a private, public or independent adoption is most desirable and whether they would like to adopt from within the country or internationally. If considering an international adoption, the prospective parents need to consider which countries they are willing to adopt from. Because of variation in International adoption law, it is usually best to work with an agency in these types of adoptions.
Adoptive parents should read all the information they can about adoption agencies, attorneys, support groups and laws that may be applicable to their situation. Another good approach is to talk to parents who have been through the adoption process. The Internet is also a valuable resource for joining online adoption information groups.
Working with an experienced infertility or adoption counselor can also make decisions easier.
- http://www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/ A federal government website with adoption information.
- http://adoption.state.gov/ A government website with information on inter-country adoption.
- http://www.adoptionresources.org/ A non-profit with adoption information for the public.
- http://www.resolve.org/ A non-profit organization mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders.
- http://www.nwae.org/ An agency that has been helping children in the Northwest US find homes for 30 years
- http://amaraparenting.org/adopt/ Amara follows a comprehensive adoption process to create the best possible match for both the child and parent.
- http://www.bethany.org/seattle Their staff can help you evaluate what types of adoption may match your family best, guide you through the adoption process, and answer any questions you might have.
- http://www.chs-wa.org/ Since 1896, Children’s Home Society of Washington has helped provide children with strong families, loving stable homes, and their best chance for happiness and success.
- http://www.openadopt.org/ An agency that offers open adoptions. “All our families share a commitment to building genuine, loving, lifelong connections through open adoption.”