Lifetime Adoption is starting a brand-new blog series about how to be successful in domestic infant adoption. Today is part 1 of this 8-part blog series. Read on to learn how you can successfully adopt a baby with a shorter adoption wait!
If you've just started your adoption journey, you may be wondering what else you need to do get done. Or, maybe you've been waiting to be chosen for what feels like an eternity. In either case, this blog series is for you!
Here are the top 8 things that successful adoptive parents have in common:
- Their home study is current
- Profile has been completed
- Adoption preferences are open
- Don't turn down an adoption opportunity which is inside their preferences
- Have created an adoption video
- Prioritize their adoption
- Open to adopting a baby or child of either gender
- Attend Lifetime's webinars
Today, we're sharing about item #1, having an adoption home study completed and current. Recently, Lifetime received a call on our 24-hour adoption line from a woman who was due soon. She wanted to see families ready to adopt, so we emailed her links to Lifetime families who were home study ready!
Unfortunately, many of the adoptive families that matched her preferences did not have an updated home study on file with Lifetime. As a result, they missed out on this adoption opportunity as they couldn't be sent to the birth mom. If your home study isn't complete or current, this is a great reason to get that done! That way, you won't continue to miss out on adoption opportunities like this one.
If you’ve moved to a new home or state, had a change in income or job, or have had someone else move in with you, make sure to call your home study provider. Your home study may need to be updated to be eligible for an adoption.
When we say "home study ready," it means that you've completed a home study, the social worker has written her report, and you're ready for a match. It's a great relief to many birth mothers to know that the families they're considering have been investigated, and are safe and ready to adopt and love her child.
The home study assessment process normally takes 30 to 90 days to finish. However, it may take longer if you procrastinate in returning your paperwork to your social worker. The home study provider is there to help you complete your study and will answer any questions you have about the process or the adoption in general.
Make sure to ask your adoption home study provider if you'll need yearly updates. This is so important to your adoption success. The last thing you want is to have your adoption held up because your paperwork wasn’t in order!
If you're a Lifetime family and need a referral to a home study provider in your area, make sure to contact your coordinator today.
Stay tuned for part 2 of the 8-part blog series How to Be Successful in Domestic Infant Adoption! We'll be discussing your adoption profile and why it's so vital.