What Adds to the Domestic Adoption Wait

Q&A with the Experts


domestic adoption waitQ: Why do some people wait so much longer for a domestic adoption match?

A: The adoption landscape has shifted and expectant or birth parents interested in making a domestic adoption plan are often struggling with many factors that make it both difficult for them to parent and difficult to find appropriate adoptive families.  These issues can include mental health concerns, economic struggles, drug or alcohol use, and/or lack of support. Perspective adoptive parents need to decide their individual level of comfort with open adoption, openness to parenting a child of a different race, openness to drug and/or alcohol exposure during pregnancy and openness to potential health issues of the child. These factors make some perspective parents a quicker and easier match to make while others wait significantly longer.

To describe a specific example, we know that most birth parents are interested in open adoption as the literature supports openness as a healthier choice for all members of the adoption triad. Of course, openness is on a continuum. For some, an open adoption means sharing photos once a year, for others it involves sharing meals weekly. Prospective adoptive parents must decide where they fall on this continuum and depending on their decision, they may wait quite a bit longer than others.

(Kara Eusebio is the Associate Director of Outreach with Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children in New York City.) This topic was discussed in more detail on the Creating a Family show: “Adoption 101: Everything to Know When You Decide to Adopt” as well as our blog “First 3 Things You MUST Do When You Decide to Adopt.”

Image credit: mag3737 

31/10/2014 | by Q&A with the Experts | Categories: Adoption, Adoption Q&A with the Experts | 0 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to Top ↑

Content created by Creating a Family. And remember, there are no guarantees in adoption or infertility treatment. The information provided or referenced on this website should be used only as part of an overall plan to help educate you about the joys and challenges of adopting a child or dealing with infertility. Although the following seems obvious, our attorney insists that we tell you specifically that the information provided on this site may not be appropriate or applicable to you, and despite our best efforts, it may contain errors or important omissions. You should rely only upon the professionals you employ to assist you directly with your individual circumstances. CREATING A FAMILY DOES NOT WARRANT THE INFORMATION OR MATERIALS contained or referenced on this website. CREATING A FAMILY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS LIABILITY FOR ERRORS or omissions in this information and materials and PROVIDES NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, implied, express or statutory. IN NO EVENT WILL CREATING A FAMILY BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, including without limitation direct or indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages, losses or expenses arising out of or in connection with the use of the information or materials, EVEN IF CREATING A FAMILY OR ITS AGENTS ARE NEGLIGENT AND/OR ARE ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.