Read Related: Starting a Family: An Adoption StoryCONSULT EXPERTS There are many experts who can help you determine what makes sense for your family. An adoption medicine specialist, a pediatrician especially sensitive to medical issues that might present in adoption, can identify challenges you might face. Dr. Jane Aronson, a renowned adoption medicine specialist, offers pre-adoption consultations, but you can likely find a local specialist near your home who could also work with you later, when you receive a referral and bring a child home. Also, reach out to social workers who offer home studies and early childhood intervention specialists who can let you know what to expect and what services are available in your community.
CONSIDER THE OPTIONS There are basically three adoption options: international adoption, domestic adoption through a public system like foster care, or a private domestic adoption. To get a sense of how each works, use the Adoptive Families online adoption guide. If you are considering international adoption, visit the State Department’s adoption website to better understand which countries are open for adoption and what parameters exist. Finally, Creating a Family, a non-profit that supports families who have been touched by infertility and adoption, provides great information.