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Factors to Consider When Choosing an Adoptive Family in Arizona

By Sadie Fidler

You have decided to place your baby for adoption and now you are wondering, “What next?” The following step of the adoption process involves creating an adoption plan and choosing an adoptive family. We aim to relieve some of your unexpected pregnancy stress by helping you choose your adoptive family criteria.

Adoption Choices of Arizona carefully screens every adoptive family to ensure your child’s safety. Additionally, our adoption agencies in Arizona provide you with a selection of family profiles to aid in your decision. We take care of the hard part—the logistics of choosing an adoptive family. After that, you can decide which family is right for your child based on your own criteria. 

Different Types of Adoption to Consider

At our adoption agencies in Arizona, we offer three different kinds of adoption. The first is called an open adoption. This means the identity of the birth mother is known to the adoptive family and child. In an ideal open adoption, the birth mother maintains a high level of communication with both parties. 

The next type of adoption to consider is a closed adoption. This is when the adoptive family and child do not have a line of communication with the birth mother. The majority of the birth mother’s information is kept confidential. All communication during the adoption process is carried out by the adoption agency. 

An option that combines both an open and closed adoption in Arizona is a semi-open adoption. While working with one of our adoption agencies in Arizona, the birth mother and adoptive family communicate through a mediator. This allows the birth mother to remain involved in the process while maintaining a level of privacy. 

Characteristics to Consider When Choosing an Adoptive Family with Your Local Adoption Agency

When choosing your child’s adoptive family, it is important to consider how you want your child to be raised. Each adoptive family is different. It is crucial to determine which characteristics are most important to you. To help you decide, consider the following:

Family Structure

  • Do you want your child to grow up with one or two parents?
  • Are you open to your child being raised by an LGBTQ+ couple?
  • Do you want your child to have siblings?
  • What does the adoptive family plan to do about childcare if needed? WIll extended family help out?
  • Are pets a factor for you when considering a family?
  • Examine the family’s financial situation, emotional readiness, and support system

Culture and Diversity

  • Do you want your child to follow a certain religion?
  • Would you like your child to grow up in a household with a certain ethnic or cultural background?
  • Will your child have the opportunity to be raised bilingual? 
  • Do you want your child’s adoptive parents to be the same race as your child?

Values and Beliefs

  • Would you prefer your child’s adoptive family be more laid back or disciplined?
  • Will your child have the opportunity to receive a higher education?
  • Does the family emphasize love, openness, and communication in their parenting style?
  • How well does the adoptive family’s lifestyle support your child’s needs?

The Adoption Process with Adoption Choices of Arizona

After contacting Adoption Choices of Arizona, an adoption specialist will schedule an initial intake meeting. We understand that not every woman is able or willing to travel to their local adoption agency. Because of this, we also offer intake meetings in the form of a phone call, text message, or video chat. Additionally, our adoption specialists are available to meet in-person at a location of your choice. 

Once the initial meeting has taken place, your adoption specialist will begin the search for potential adoptive families. The families are selected based on the preferences you have shared with the specialist. During this process, we are able to offer prenatal, mental health, and financial assistance and resources to eligible birth mothers.

Next, after reviewing potential profiles, it is time to decide if you would like to meet the adoptive families. This is dependent on the type of adoption you choose. During this time, we will also be in communication to ensure you are receiving the support you need. 

The second to last step in the process is when you actually give birth. Prior to this, your adoption specialist will have discussed a birth plan with you. This includes deciding how you would like to deliver and who you want to have in the delivery room. The child will go home with their adoptive family after you relinquish your parental rights.

We understand how emotional and overwhelming placing your baby for adoption can be. Our adoption agencies in Arizona offer free counseling to assist with your emotional healing journey after adoption. After giving birth, you have the option to communicate with the adoptive family through a web-based program if you wish.

Connecting with Adoptive Families During Your Arizona Adoption

Oftentimes, when choosing an adoptive family, birth mothers gravitate towards a certain set of parents. For example, if an adoptive family reflects the dynamic of the birth mother’s immediate family, she may prefer them. 

It is also important to keep in mind that what works for one birth mother might not work for another. While one birth mother may want her child raised in a religious home, another may prefer a secular household. Some birth mothers wish for their identity to remain private while others wish to keep a line of communication open. In short, placing your baby for adoption can be customized to accommodate your wishes for your child’s upbringing. Each family is unique, and there is one out there that is perfect for your child. 

Your local adoption agency is here to help you find the ideal adoptive family. If you are interested in learning more about adoptive family selection, please contact Adoption Choices of Arizona. We are just a phone call away.