Are you prepared?
International adoption has changed quite a bit in the last eight to ten years, as a majority of countries allow families overseas to adopt only older children and sibling groups or children who are younger with special needs.
We see so many families who have a huge heart for adoption and we cannot stress enough how important it is to understand fully what your motives are before you start your adoption journey. How do we make sure the adoption is a right fit? Education should be one of the initial steps while considering building your family.
With over 22 years’ experience in placing children from overseas for adoption, we provide an incredible amount of expertise, honesty and the proper resources to make this possible, and our focus is always on whether the placement is in the child’s best interest and the adoptive family interest.
People need to understand that many orphans come from very difficult backgrounds and experiences. What some kids see and live is not simple and may create adjustment and behavioral issues due to poor prenatal care, neglect, separation from the birth family and potential abuse.
Our aim is to ensure the adoption is a success for the child, parent and other children living in the home, which is why it’s so important to educate yourself, talk to top professionals in the field and ask the questions:
Why do you want to adopt? When people are hoping to adopt, what is on their mind? Why are they doing it? Does their heart tell them it’s right? Are they doing something nice? What is their background? Is there a need that they are looking to fulfill?
Once these questions are addressed, we need to ask another set of questions:
What are your children’s personalities?
What do you do for a living?
What are your hours?
Do you have any involvement with an elderly parent who requires care?
What time in your life will you have to devote to this adoption, success and adjustment of the child?
Do you have medical insurance and life insurance?
Are you prepared for your child to have come from difficult and potentially traumatic circumstances that make it hard for them to connect or to behave appropriately?
Are you committed?
Bottom line: Are you prepared?
Because sometimes love cannot solve it all. Some kids come from such traumatic backgrounds where love is not enough. This is where KidsFirst can step in and make themselves available to prospective adoptive parents and help connect them to proper resources, making sure important questions are not missed.
If adoptive parents (parent) want information, we will describe the programs available, and we will be very honest and transparent. If we can sense potential issues, we always share them with potential adoptive parents. Every kid should have the opportunity to enjoy life- however they define it for them: Our mission and goal as an agency when we do adoption work is to give them that opportunity.
At KidsFirst, we pour our hearts into our work to ensure that families are supported throughout the process and that children are placed into the best care possible. We value absolute transparency between families and the KidsFirst staff. We appreciate the trust that you place in us.
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Stay tuned for future blogs covering adopting an older child, hosting a child to adopt, and adopting a child with special needs. We look forward to answering your questions!
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