Choosing an Adoption Professional: The Questions to Ask

Once you determine that adoption is the right family-building process for you, next you will need to choose an adoption agency or adoption professional. This choice will determine how the rest of your adoption proceeds, as your adoption professional will guide you through this life-changing journey from beginning to end.

Several different adoption professionals may be needed for your adoption in California: adoption agencies, adoption attorneys, matching professionals, and more. So, how do you select the right professional for you?

First, you should know that working with FCCA can make this decision easier. Our adoption programs are designed to offer you the services you need to succeed and, unlike many other agencies, we have a highly experienced California adoption attorney on staff — so you most likely will not need to hire outside legal assistance for this aspect of your adoption process. We also have approximately 35 years of experience in processes like foster care adoption, private domestic infant adoption and international adoption, and we can provide the information and resources you need to move forward with the adoption process you prefer.

As you’re considering different adoption agencies in California, keep in mind that FCCA can assist you with almost every type of adoption: foster care, independent, infant adoption, guardianship adoption, step-parent adoptions, adult adoptions, and relative adoptions. Our professionals are happy to talk about the detailed services we provide when you contact us, and we’ve also listed our adoption agency services for each of our programs below.

FCCA’s Adoption Agency Services

At FCCA, we offer legal and case-management services for several adoption processes. Our professionals can always discuss your adoption goals and preferences to help you determine which path is best for you. When you do decide, we can help you through this journey with our adoption services:

Foster Care Adoption: We are best known for our “fos-adopt” program, through which we help connect children waiting in the foster care system with permanent, supportive families. Unlike other California adoption agencies for foster care, we are licensed in every county of the state, and we can help you through every step of your adoption process. We will provide legal, case management, matching and counseling services to help you prepare for and welcome a wonderful foster child into your family. While your adoption will require FCCA’s coordination with the county welfare agency that places the child in your home, you will not need to hire an additional adoption professional when you complete a foster care adoption through our adoption agency.

Private Domestic Infant Adoption: If you choose to adopt an infant with the help of an adoption agency rather than independently, it’s important that you consider which adoption services you desire as you take this path. At FCCA, we provide most of the services you’ll need in a private domestic infant adoption, including legal services for post-placement and finalization, as well as home study investigations. However, we have more families wishing to adopt infants than the number of birth mothers available to place children. For this reason, many of our families simultaneously work with an additional matching professional to find an adoption opportunity quickly. Once you find an opportunity, our professionals can help you complete the rest of your adoption process.

International Adoption: International adoption is a complicated process, so we encourage all prospective adoptive parents to work with a qualified international adoption agency if you decide to take this path. FCCA provides a direct placement program in Hong Kong and a relative adoption program for Nigeria. If you wish to adopt from other countries, we can complete your home study and help you find a Hague-accredited agency with a placement program in your desired country. After the child returns home with you, we provide the necessary post-placement services and legal paperwork to ensure that the adoption is recognized by the United States.

For more information on what kind of services our adoption agency provides for different adoption processes, please contact our professionals.

Questions to Ask When Choosing an Adoption Agency in CA

How do you select the adoption professional that is right for you and your family?

The first step to finding the right adoption professional is to evaluate your own adoption goals and preferences. What do you desire from an adoption professional – someone who will guide you through every step, someone who will provide you the base knowledge to let you handle the steps, or someone in between? Do you have a particular budget? How much responsibility are you willing to take on yourself?

Once you have determined these goals, you can create a list of questions to ask adoption professionals during your initial consultation:

In addition to these, you’ll want to ask other questions tailored to the adoption process you choose. Questions that may apply to a foster care adoption, for example, won’t necessarily apply to an international adoption. It may be a good idea to write down a list of questions you have for an adoption agency before you meet with them to make sure you receive all the information you need to make the best choice for your family.

All adoption professionals should be open to answering your questions and providing a detailed consultation to you before you commit to them. FCCA will do just that; our professionals are happy to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have to help you determine whether our adoption agency is a good fit for your family. We are also willing to provide references to additional adoption professionals as needed or requested.

To learn more today, please contact our offices.