What does an agency, attorney, and adoption facilitator do? And what do I need?
Their roles vary, and their expertise is essential to your success. Which professional you select will depend on several factors, including the type of child you seek, your expectations, and the method of adoption you use.
If you plan to adopt a newborn through an open, independent adoption, in most states, you can choose a full-service licensed facilitator who will locate and match you with a birth mother. They should also connect you to and work closely with a qualified attorney. Many adoptive families find this to be the preferable option because of the opportunity for nationwide exposure to birth mothers.
An adoption agency can help with the entire process; however, the wait is often longer due to the focus on birth mothers within their state lines and the time spent providing home study and legal services for adoptive families. Be sure to ask about potential wait times and the number of adoptions completed per year through your local office.
Adoption attorneys will be required for the legal aspect of your adoption and will be retained by you for an independent adoption, or provided for you as part of the agency services if your birth mother is in your state. Get referrals for attorneys when the time comes that you need one and be sure their specialty is adoption.
This information comes from Lifetime Founder Mardie Caldwell’s most recent book, Called to Adoption. To learn more about how you can answer God’s call to you to adopt a baby or child, please give Lifetime Adoption a call: (530) 432-7373 or visit www.LifetimeAdoption.com.