3 Ways to Limit Your Adoption Wait Time
When researching private domestic infant adoption, many adoptive families wonder, “How long does it take to adopt a child in Iowa?” Unfortunately, just like the adoption process itself, the answer to this question is complicated.
There are many factors that influence how long adoption takes, and the best way to understand them is by speaking to an adoption professional like attorney Ken Nelson. Each adoption in Iowa is unique, and a person’s individual circumstances will always impact their adoption wait time. Only an adoption professional can give an accurate estimate of how long the adoption process will be in a prospective adoptive family’s situation.
In his conversation with you, Ken will likely discuss the different factors that influence how long it takes to adopt a baby. Keep reading this article to learn more.
How You Can Limit Your Adoption Wait Time
While a fair amount of the adoption process — and, subsequently, your adoption wait time — is out of your hands as a prospective adoptive parent, there a few steps that you can take to reduce the time you spend waiting for an adoption opportunity. For many, this waiting period is the longest part of the adoption process, especially when there is not much that can be done on the adoptive parents’ end.
However, before you reach this waiting period, there are a few things you can do to influence how long it takes to adopt in your situation.
1. Choose the Appropriate Professional
Finding an adoption opportunity can be one of the most difficult parts of the adoption process, especially for those who are considering an independent adoption. If you are looking to adopt now without a long wait time, you may consider working with a national adoption agency.
A national adoption agency usually has a large advertising outreach, which allows its adoption professionals to find more adoption opportunities — and potentially reduce the adoption wait time for families who work with them. Rather than working with prospective birth mothers in one state, a national adoption agency works with prospective birth mothers across the United States. These prospective birth mothers receive all the services they need from their agency for a successful adoption process, reducing the likelihood that they will change their mind about placement.
When researching adoption professionals to work with during your private domestic infant adoption, make sure that you ask questions like:
- How long does it take to adopt a child with your agency?
- How long is the adoption process in total with your agency?
- What are your typical adoption wait times for an adoption opportunity?
Prospective adoptive parents who are interested in working with a matching professional can always contact attorney Ken Nelson. He can provide references to trusted adoption professionals that meet your preferences, like adoption wait times, adoption costs or other factors.
2. Be Flexible to Different Adoption Situations
Many prospective adoptive parents enter into the adoption process wanting a child with a specific medical and social background. While parents always have the right to set these characteristics in a desired adopted child, they will influence how long it takes to adopt a child.
Prospective adoptive parents should consider opening up their adoption preferences to more birth mother situations in order to reduce their wait time. Some characteristics to discuss with your professional include:
- Race — Opening up to more than one race will increase the adoption opportunities available to you.
- Gender — When you choose to be gender-specific, half of the adoption opportunities will not be available to you. Remember, those who have children via the traditional way usually don’t have a choice in gender, either.
- Medical and substance abuse history of the prospective birth mother — It’s normal to feel apprehensive about working with pregnant women with a history of substance abuse or medical conditions. However, not all conditions will permanently affect a child. Speak to an adoption or medical professional to understand more about these situations and to determine whether you are comfortable opening up to them.
- Type of adoption relationship — Many pregnant women considering adoption are looking for families who will maintain a relationship with them after their baby’s birth. Adoptive parents who are open to that contact will likely be presented more adoption opportunities.
- Budget — Budget can be one of the more difficult circumstances to change but, if you can, you may consider increasing your budget to be eligible for adoption opportunities with prospective birth mothers who have more financial needs.
3. Create an Engaging Adoptive Family Profile
Most prospective adoptive parents will be required to make an adoptive family profile to be shown to prospective birth mothers. This profile will detail your family and your life so a woman can better understand exactly what kind of family her child could grow up in.
Hopeful parents who work with an adoption professional or media specialist to help create these profiles will often create more visually appealing and engaging profiles. They may even have the opportunity to create a website for their profile and an adoptive family video profile to better attract prospective birth mothers.
Before choosing an adoption professional, adoptive families should learn more about what kind of profile services they offer and consider how that may affect their adoption wait times.
How long adoption takes will vary for each prospective adoptive family. As with most aspects of adoption, education is an important first step and can be instrumental in limiting your adoption wait times. To learn more about adoption in Iowa and the estimated length of your adoption process, please contact the Nelson Law Firm today.