Once you have decided to adopt a child, you will begin on an exciting journey. In order to adopt it is important for you to determine how you will find a birthmother who wants you to adopt her baby. Do not make the mistake of assuming that the agency or attorney you hire to handle other aspects of your adoption also offers outreach.
There are several ways to do adoption outreach. The most important thing for you to understand is that adoption outreach needs to be done. This is a piece of the adoption process that many people do not understand. People often sign up with professionals assuming that outreach will be handled, but the truth is - a few agencies and attorneys offer comprehensive outreach programs but most don’t. Ask questions and if that service is offered and has a successful track record you may not have to do anything else. If, however, they do not do outreach here are your choices: hire a professional whose main focus is helping match you with a birth mother; or do your own advertising and networking.
It’s possible to do your own advertising to let as many people know as possible that you are hoping to adopt a child- but you’ll increase your chances of finding a baby or child, and in less time, if you work with an adoption agency, professional or facilitator with a successful outreach program. When it’s time to start looking for adoption professionals who can help you find your special child, you want to understand the importance of adoption outreach programs in relation to your adoption goals.
As you start the process, you may think that all adoption professionals are about the same – but this isn’t the case. One of the most important things you should find out before deciding which adoption professional to work with is the type of outreach program the agency or professional uses. In particular, does the agency or professional have national adoption outreach programs, or regional?
For the majority of people looking to adopt, the common goal is to adopt as soon as possible. In the United States, there are a limited number of women who put their babies up for adoption each year. If you hope to have your baby or child in your arms as soon as possible, it makes sense that you would need to have access to as many birth mothers looking to place their child for adoption as possible to increase your potential of finding your child.
Many adoption agencies and professionals limit their adoption outreach programs to their local area. They may only be actively advertising and searching for mothers who want to place their children for adoption with the local area, and this greatly limits the number of potential birth mothers the agency has to work with. It’s common for these agencies and professionals to only work with just a few birth mothers in a year, but they have hundreds of adoptive parents waiting to adopt a child!
When looking for an adoption agency or professional, it probably makes more sense for you to look for those that have national adoption outreach programs. Agencies and professionals who spend time and effort advertising around the country in search of birth mothers who need to place their babies for adoption are going to have more birth mothers to work with and it will increase your potential of adopting a healthy baby from the United States in a shorter period of time. Agencies and professionals with nationwide adoption outreach programs can work with many birth mothers each month.
Another benefit of working with an adoption agency or professional with a nationwide adoption outreach program is an increased likelihood that you find the baby or child that closely matches your desired preferences. You have more choices and won’t feel pressured to take the first child offered to you for adoption.