Once you adopt, you will need to wait in your birth mother's state for ICPC to clear.
ICPC stands for the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children; it's a contract amongst states and territories that allows them to work together to make sure that children who are placed into an adoptive family outside of their birth state get the right support services.
During the wait to go home, here are 8 ways that you can make baby's first days memorable:
- Bond with your baby by having "down time" outside of the hospital as a new family
- Explore landmarks in the area that are baby-friendly; these outings will become part of your child's precious adoption story!
- Spend time with your baby's birth mother. If she desires, arrange visits with her. In open adoption, you may have an agreement for future visits. She'll cherish these days spent with her newly-born son or daughter.
- Get family portraits taken. Schedule a family photo shoot in town, as a special keepsake of where your child was born and where you became a family!
- Take lots of photos!
- Keep a journal, and record how the adoption is progressing, your thoughts, and "firsts" about your baby. These written memories can become a cherished addition to his or her baby book.
- Rest now, before you get home and have tons of people coming by the house to see your baby!
- Ask for help from your family or friends while you're away. They can help you by getting things ready for when you come home.
Successful adoptive parents: did you do any activities while you waited to go home that we've forgotten here? Please share with us by leaving a comment below!