If you are considering finding adoptive parents on your own, you need adequate information. Working directly with an agency is deemed easier since they handle most of the procedures. Nonetheless, domestic independent adoption or private adoption is also beneficial as it offers significant openness between birth and adoptive parents.
According to Georgia’s Department of Human Services, private adoption is the adoption of a child who is not under state custody or the custody of a licensed agency.
If you are considering this type of adoption, here are three things to keep in mind.
1. Inform loved ones of your plans
It helps to make your closest loved ones aware of your plans so that you can begin to build an appropriate support system. The adoption process, even when it goes perfectly, can be somewhat stressful. Having supportive friends or family members in your corner can help you get through any bumps in the road.
2. Work closely with the agent assigned
Georgia’s private adoption petitions are reviewed by an agent appointed by the state or the judiciary. It will be best to work closely with the agent assigned to you. They will help you comply with state law and the Division of Family & Children Services’ policies, increasing your chances of approval.
3. Think carefully about how you want the adoption to work
Private adoptions come in many shapes and sizes, so you have to decide how you want your adoption to work, including whether you want the birth mother or parents to have any contact with the child in the future – and to what degree.
Private adoptions don’t have to be challenging. With practical strategies and in-depth guidance, you should have an efficient process.