Growing your family can happen the natural way or it can happen through adoption. Some families choose both. If you are considering adoption, there are specific points that you have to think about so that you can make the decisions that will work best for your needs. One of the points that you have to consider is what type of adoption you are going to pursue.
One method of adoption is to handle everything independently. In this method, you don't use an adoption agency. You handle everything from finding the child you want to adopt through finalizing the adoption. It is imperative that you have proper representation and a complete understanding of what you need to do and what challenges you might face so that you can move forward with the adoption knowing what to expect.
You can also choose to adopt a child through an agency. These adoptions can be through a public agency or a private agency. In this case, you would still need representation, but a lot of the adoption's workings would be handled by the agency. There might be a waiting list at some agencies, so prepare yourself for this just in case it occurs.
Another option combines agency adoptions and independent adoptions. In these adoptions by identification, you would find the birth mother and come up with the agreement with her. You would then go into an agency and have the agency handle the rest. Unlike a straight agency adoption, you won't have to wait until your name comes up on the waiting list because you have already identified the baby you will adopt and the birth mother has agreed that you will be the adoptive parent.
Even if you are going through a stepparent adoption or an adoption as a same-sex couple, you should be sure that you are prepared for everything. Missing any points can mean that your adoption doesn't go as planned.
Source: FindLaw, "The Different Types of Adoption," accessed Jan. 27, 2017