15 Mar How To Choose The Right Family For Your Baby
For any woman who is considering adoption, imagining handing your baby over to someone else to love can be nearly impossible to picture in your mind. At this point in the adoption journey, you may feel conflicted about whether adoption is the right choice. Cradle of Hope Adoption Center has worked with many women who have felt the path of their adoption journey shift when they “found” the family that matched with their hearts. Many women who have chosen adoption have stated time and again that when they found the right family, they just knew. Something significant shifted when they saw a photo of the potential adoptive mother or read about the journey of a couple hoping to adopt a child and grow their family.
You may have very specific criteria that you are seeking in a family such as:
- I prefer an adoptive family with the same religious/spiritual background as me.
- I prefer a family with the same racial or ethnic background as me.
- I prefer a family that does (or does not) already have children.
- I prefer a family that has adopted children.
- I prefer a family with a stay-at-home mom.
Your preferences will help Cradle of Hope match you with potential families that meet your criteria. If you really don’t have an ideal family in mind, Cradle of Hope will guide you through the process of selecting a family or, if you prefer, will choose the family for your baby.
Once Cradle of Hope has a clear idea of what type of family and environment you want for your baby, you will review profiles of different families to consider. These profiles include photos of the prospective family, their extended families, their homes, pets, other children along with any information that the family wants to share with women considering adoption for their babies. Any family that Cradle of Hope suggests has been thoroughly screened and are well qualified to adopt, which means they are financially stable, have no criminal history, have appropriate and secure housing, and have been well trained and well prepared for adoptive parenting.
Every adoption experience is unique and can be coordinated in a way that works for all parties. Open adoptions are much more prevalent today, and it is very common for the women placing a child to meet and get to know the family that is adopting. These introductions can be in person, through video chat, or phone calls.