How Long Does The Whole Adoption Process Last?
The adoption process can happen rather quickly, or it can last quite a long time. Some adoptions take a matter of days, while others can, literally, take years. There are a variety of factors that go into determining how long the whole adoption process will last. These include the type of adoption, the resources that the prospective adoptive parents have, and the requirements that the prospective adoptive parents have in mind for their adopted child.
The fact of the matter is that, in the United States, it is more difficult to adopt a healthy Caucasian infant than it is to adopt any other kind of child. If you are open to adopting a special needs child, for example, the adoption process probably won’t last as long. If you are seeking to adopt a baby of a different ethnicity, the whole process should go more quickly, as well. In addition, adopting an older child can take less time than it takes to adopt an infant.
Another important factor in the length that it takes the adoption process is the type of adoption you are trying to do. If you are seeking adoption through a public agency, it will typically take longer than if you are using a private agency. If you are using a private agency combined with doing some of the leg work yourself, such as placing ads in the paper for prospective birth mothers, the process will go much quicker. If you are doing an international adoption, where you are adopting a baby from a foreign country, it is possible that the process will be quicker. On the other hand, an international adoption can also take longer. Here again, there are many different factors that go into determining how long the process will last.
Finally, the resources that you have to put toward the adoption process may help affect how long it lasts. If you are able to devote time to finding a birth mother, that will considerably speed up the process. If you are able to write an effective Birth Mother letter, that will help as well. Having some money available for the adoption process doesn’t hurt either, as many private adoption agencies do tend to charge a higher fee than if you were using a public agency.