Military life is no longer a barrier to adoption as it once was. However, the adoption process can be a complicated journey and goes more smoothly with a little guidance and information. Here are five adoption options that prospective military parents should know about:
1. Agency adoption
Agencies can be public or private. Public agencies are state-run and place predominantly foster children of elementary or high school age. Private agencies have more infants available, and birth parents often have a say in who adopts their child.
2. Independent adoption
This type is common and legal in almost all states. You can use your own resources and networking skills to find a child, or work with an intermediary, such as a doctor or lawyer.
3. Identified adoption
A blend of independent and agency adoptions styles, prospective parents locate a birth mother. Then the agency steps in to counsel the birth mother and adoptive parents.
4. International adoption
Adoptions of this type involve a citizen of one country adopting a child who is a citizen of a different country. Agencies specializing in international adoption can help you with this complicated, yet popular option.
5. Open adoption
This option involves some communication among the adoptive parents, the birth parents and the child. The adoptive and birth parents decide how much communication will occur.
Different options for adopting provide many paths to welcoming your child. You should think carefully about what kind of support you’ll need in the adoption process. Call Military OneSource to schedule an adoption specialty consultation to find out more about your options and the support available to you.