You will be considered “matched” with the adoptive parents once you have spoken with them, and both parties feel comfortable moving forward together.
If at any time you sense that the adoptive family is not such a good fit, please let your adoption coordinator know right away. Open communication is vital to the success of your adoption. Making sure that your needs and the needs of your child are being met is just one part of the adoption professional’s role.
When you are matched with an adoptive family, you legally have no obligation. Just be sure to leave yourself enough time to find another family if you decide that this one isn’t right for you. If you are struggling with your decision, turn to your adoption coordinator for support and advice.
It is important that you stay in touch with your adoption coordinator by calling or emailing them every couple of weeks or more often. Your adoption coordinator will put you in contact with the resources that you need during the adoption process, including professional counseling and peer counseling if you desire. You will also be connected with an adoption attorney to discuss any legal questions.
You and the adoptive family will continue to build your relationship throughout your pregnancy. It is a good time to learn about each other, and share with each other. You can discuss your hospital plan and other plans as you continue through your pregnancy.
If you have any questions about matching in adoption, please give Lifetime a call: 1-800-923-6784.