Adoption is overwhelming. Especially given that most people come to adoption after undergoing years of infertility treatments. If that’s the path you’ve taken, then you’ve probably learned more about medical procedures, terminology and prescriptions than you ever wanted to. To then find yourself facing the world of adoption, with its own myriad of options, approaches and terminology can be a bit too much. That’s where an Adoption Consultant can help you out. An Adoption Consultant provides very different services from an Adoption Facilitator. A consultant works solely with and for pre-adoptive parents serving as an unbiased resource & advocate and providing education, guidance and support throughout the adoption process. The main benefits of working with an Adoption Consultant fall into three categories - time, emotion, and finances.
Benefit #1: Time
When one tries to tackle the adoption process on their own, typically those who prefer a less risky path will sign up with an individual adoption agency or adoption attorney. That entity will present the adoptive family to expectant mothers. In many instance, this approach can lead to a lengthy wait time because only the limited number of expectant mothers who sign up with that particular agency or attorney will ever view the family’s profile.
By working with an Adoption Consultant, you gain exposure to multiple agencies and attorneys at once. This means your profiles will be presented to many more expectant moms than if you were working with just one agency or one attorney. With so many potential birth moms looking at your profile, chances are greater that you will get selected much more quickly.
Another time benefit you receive by working with an Adoption Consultant is the guided assistance throughout the process. An experienced Adoption Consultant has spent years learning the ins and outs of the process and can educate pre-adoptive parents on the critical information in far less time than it would take for you to learn it on your own. They will also work with you directly on creating a stellar adoption profile that will effectively communicate your true selves, thereby greatly increase your chances of getting selected whenever you are presented to an expectant mom.
All of these factors will significantly reduce the average time of an adoption.
Benefit #2: Emotion
In terms of emotional benefits, working with an Adoption Consultant can greatly reduce the stress of adoption. Besides the anxious feeling of waiting for that perfect match, the majority of the stress with adoption is the unknown. Trying to do it all yourself can lead to a great deal of stress when trying to research and learn everything about the adoption process. Plus, you’ll spend a lot of time and energy second-guessing every decision you make. This can be just too much for prospective adoptive parents given everything else going on in your life!
With an Adoption Consultant, you have an unbiased advocate who is experienced with adoption, who understands the ins and outs, and who is working exclusively for you with your best interests at heart. An Adoption Consultant is able to answer your questions all the way through the process whether it is an issue with your agency, a question about how to interact with a potential birth mom, or a concern about an unexpected turn of events. A consultant is able to help you every step of the way so you never have to do all the legwork to figure out the answers on your own.
Benefit #3: Finances
Last but not least, there are financial benefits to working with an Adoption Consultant. Even though there are costs to hiring a consultant, it can save you money throughout the adoption process.
First, in some cases the attorneys and agencies offer a discounted application fee for clients of a good consultant because they know that the family will be fully prepared and the agency/attorney will need to spend less time bringing them onboard. These reduced fees allow you to work with more agencies and attorneys at once.
Second, every time there is an opportunity that arises with a potential birth mom, your consultant will do a risk assessment of that case with you. Having an objective professional review the opportunity greatly reduces the risk of getting into a situation where you are likely to lose a significant sum of money.
Major life journeys often require expert guidance; adoption is certainly no exception. Just as no one would go through the medical journey of fertility alone, no one has to go through adoption alone. An Adoption Consultant can guide you step-by-step through the process saving you time, money and frustration along the way.
Bio: Nicole Witt is the owner of The Adoption Consultancy (www.TheAdoptionConsultancy.com), an unbiased resource serving pre-adoptive families by providing them with the education, information and guidance they need to safely adopt a newborn, usually within three to 12 months.
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