Getting Started with Your Adoption

You may have just started thinking about adoption or perhaps you have considered it for years. Maybe you are looking at starting your family or you are a parent looking to enrich your home with another child. Regardless of what has brought you here and where you are at in your process, having more information about adoption or having your questions answered can be helpful with your decision making.

Although not required, you are welcome to attend one of our upcoming information sessions, or feel free to call or email to speak with a social worker and get more information. All of your questions are important and we want to make sure you have the information you need to feel comfortable starting the adoption process with Choices.

Although there are similarities in the process regardless of which agency you work with, each agency will have some differences in their values and approach, as well as the programs available. As you will be working closely with your agency throughout the process and into the future, it is important that you have the opportunity to get the information you need to feel comfortable starting this relationship.

Each adoption journey will be unique, just as the reasons why you are choosing to adopt will be unique to you. We will work with you one on one to support you throughout the process and ensure that you are taking the path that feels like the best fit for you and your family. While we are working with you directly, the children are our focus and we will therefore do everything we can to make sure that each parent is prepared and ready for the joys and challenges of parenting a child through adoption.

Once you are ready to get started with the adoption process, please contact us for information on how to apply or click here for an application package.

The Adoption Approval Process

The adoption approval process includes two main components:

  1. 1. The Home Study – this process will explore your readiness to become an adoptive parent and also help you prepare for the adoption. A completed and approved home study is required before you are able to be placed with a child. For more information on the home study process, please look here.
  1. 2. The Adoption Education Program (AEP) – this mandatory education process includes a four day seminar as well as a collection of readings on important adoption topics. The AEP must be completed before your home study will be completed. For more information about the AEP, please look here.