8 Important Adoption Steps
1. Look for a legitimate special needs adoption agency
Most orphanages and adoption centers only allow applications from adoption agencies they recognize.
2. Find out what you need to do
Once you've found a legitimate adoption agency, find out more about the adoption process, such as how much time and money is involved.
3. Get your application folder together
You'll need to submit the following documents:
- criminal background check
- certified copies of health documents
- a cover letter
- tax documents that show your yearly income
- the number of people in your family
- pictures of your family and home
4. Fill out the application
You'll also need to complete an application where you state the age of the child you want to adopt, as well as their health status and gender.
5. Wait for a referral
After the adoption agency approves your application, they may send you a referral that includes the child's picture and a brief introduction letter. If you want more information, you can contact the adoption agency. Once you've found out what you need to know, you can give them your answer.
6. Travel to the location to finish the adoption
If you're adopting a child that lives in another state or country, you may have to travel to the location to finish the process.
7. Get an exit permit
Once you've met the child and have gotten to know them, you'll have to get an exit permit for them.
8. Complete more paperwork
Once the adoption is final, there may be more paperwork. If you're adopting internationally, you may have to get them a passport and immigrant visa.
The procedure is long but worth it.
To learn more about adoptions, contact our Adoptions From The Heart offices in:
Greensburg, PA (Pittsburgh)
1225 S Main St #207
Greensburg, PA 15601
30 Hampstead Cir
Wynnewood, PA 19096
2212 Union Blvd
Allentown, PA 18109