Well – big news. We submitted our application for an infant adoption program at a nonprofit organization in our state!
We interviewed three organizations and reviewed websites for several more. There aren’t very many anywhere close to us, and we hope to be matched as close to home as possible so that narrowed the field a bit. I feel good about the one we chose, and here’s why:
- It’s a non-profit. I feel better working with a non-profit as compared to people working for profit.
- It’s not discriminatory based on race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. and they even accept single people. My husband and I are white, heterosexual, married Christians that aren’t typically the kind of people facing discrimination, but we want to work with an agency that doesn’t discriminate.
- Their fees seemed reasonable and much less than one of our alternatives.
- They place quite a few infants every year. One group we liked places only a few each year and just didn’t seem like a realistic option.
- They provide good services and support for the expecting parents and hopeful adoptive parents throughout. They take good care of the expecting moms and that’s really important to us.
- Their failure rate is also very low. I think that speaks to their counseling and services that help birth moms make these difficult decisions about whether to place their child for adoption.
- They have been really quick about responding to any of my questions.
- My cousin’s friends adopted twice from them and reported having a wonderful experience with them.
It was so nerve-wracking to choose! It’s a huge decision with so much at stake. We don’t want to choose the wrong one and spend all of our time and money going down the wrong path. We both are really feeling positive about this.
The application was quite a process, as I mentioned in my last post. Lots of paperwork to fill out, lots of documents to compile. They got right back to us that the application was complete – yay!
The next step is an intake interview. I hope that will be soon. The agency does a screening at this stage to select who they will bring into their program. I feel confident that we’ll be accepted, but I will feel better once we get that acceptance.
And then it’s on to the home study…
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