How do I know my baby will be safe with the adoptive parents?



As expectant parents, you want to make sure the adoptive parents who will be raising your child will provide them with the best quality of life possible. Couples who apply to adopt a child typically do so with the truest intentions. Many can't have children on their own or already have children and simply want to expand their families. As adoptive parents, they understand how important it is to make sure the child they receive gets the best life possible.

Extensive Screening Process

In order for a couple to be considered for adoption, they must pass an extensive screening process. This includes a thorough home study that shows they are capable of providing the highest quality of life possible. In addition to the home study, the adoptive parents may also be required to go through an extensive interview process that will provide the adoption agency with the information they need to ensure the couple understands what adoption entails.

In addition to the screening process, the adoption agency wants to ensure that the child will be raised in a secure, safe, and loving home environment. The couple can own or rent their home as long as it is well-maintained and provides everything the child will need to live comfortably.

Background Checks

Background checks are used to ensure that the adoptive couple does not have any criminal charges against them that indicate they would harm or injure the child or another family member. While a background check is not a foolproof method of ensuring the child's safety, it is a good way to uncover information that may not be in other types of records. A thorough background check includes all types of criminal activity and will alert the adoption agency to any type of behavior or activity that could possibly lead to an unhealthy environment for the adopted child.

Involvement in the Selection Process

In many cases, the expectant parents are allowed to play a role in the selection of the adoptive parents. Once prospective, adoptive parents have been thoroughly screened and vetted, the expectant parents can go over the information and decide which set of parents they want to receive their child. There are instances where the choice is made based on the adoptive parents' willingness to allow the biological parents of the child to take part in his or her life. This can mean receiving updates and pictures on a regular basis or playing an active role and being allowed to attend the child's events and celebrations.

There will always be a certain amount of uncertainty when it comes to an adoption, but the process is designed to ensure that the child is as safe and comfortable as possible. As expectant parents, it can be difficult to put your child up for adoption. The adoption, however, will do everything possible to that the child will have the highest possible quality of life.



“I believe in working with each of my clients—in support of their family dynamic—to make the dreams of parenthood a reality. Whether you are single or married; or gay; a step-parent, a surrogate or intended parent or a child of adoption, it is my mission to serve as your advocate. With a dedication to the ethical and sensitive nature of each situation, I will help you understand the laws within Maryland or Washington, DC for adoption or surrogacy, and pledge to be your partner throughout the journey.” - Jennifer Fairfax