Here are seven action items to take during your adoption journey:
- Know your adoption budget, and be open to other resources to help fund your adoption plan.
- Be honest with yourselves and be honest with your Adoption Coordinator about your specific openness toward the type of child you hope to adopt and are will to adopt.
- Educate yourself about the adoption process and learn all you can. It will give you more peace of mind too.
- Commit to being dedicated to your specific adoption plan and steps as well as your role in your adoption success.
- Know exactly what your “next steps” will be and set deadlines to take them. You are in control!
- Remember to live a balanced life before a new child enters your family. Take time for yourself and as a couple if married.
- Be patient and realize adoption can take time.
Think about how much you’re willing to put into your adoption. Your adoption plan in action will soon become a way of life for you.
Founder of Lifetime Adoption, adoptive mom, adoption expert, and Certified Open Adoption Practitioner (C.O.A.P).
Since 1986, adoption expert Mardie Caldwell has been dedicated to bringing couples and birth parents together in order to fulfill their dreams.
“Many years ago, I was also searching for a child to adopt. We didn’t know where or how to get started. Through research, determination, and a prayer, our dream of a family became reality. I started with a plan, a notebook, assistance from a caring adoption consultant and a lot of hard work; this was my family I was building. We had a few heartaches along the way, but the pain of not having children was worse!
Within weeks we had three different birth mothers choose us. We were overwhelmed and delighted. Many unsettling events would take place before our adoption would be finalized, many months later. Little did I know that God was training and aligning me for the adoption work I now do today. It is my goal to share with our families the methods and plans which succeed and do not succeed. I believe adoption should be affordable and can be a wonderful “pregnancy” for the adoptive couple.
I have also been on both sides of infertility with the loss of seven pregnancies and then conceiving by new technology, giving birth to a healthy daughter. I have experienced first-hand the emotional pain of infertility and believe my experience allows me to serve your needs better.
It is my hope that for you, the prospective parents, your desire for a child will be fulfilled soon.”