Starting Up An Adoption Agency
Believe it or not, starting up an adoption agency is something that you can do with a relative degree of ease. In terms of starting businesses, an adoption agency is not that much different from many other businesses. You have to know the industry, you have to know the market, you have to know the laws, and you have to have a plan.
If you don’t have much experience in the adoption field, you will need to spend some time brushing up. You will want to find out everything there is to know about adoptions from any source that you can, including social workers, state adoption departments, magazines and journals devoted to adoption, and adoption agencies and organizations. Understanding the industry is the first step in starting up an adoption agency.
The next step in starting up the adoption agency is to know the market. You need to understand the area that you live in, to know how many families there will be that are interested in adoption. If you live in a very rural area, your job will be much more challenging than if you live in a larger city. You also need to know who your competition in the market is, whether there are other adoption agencies in the area or not.
You also need to know what laws apply to adoption agencies in your state. These definitely vary from one state to another. For example, most states require that your casework supervisor has to have a M.S.W. degree, or a comparable master’s degree in psychology or even counseling. You also need to be aware of any licensing requirements, as well as any regulations regarding the type of business that you have. For the most part, there are state licensing specialists that can help you know what licenses you need to have.
Finally, you need to develop a good business plan. You will want to outline activities and yoru budget for the first two years. This should include the type of adoptions you offer, what services you provide, information about your plans for advertising, information about training of staff, a projection of income and expenses, and what will make your adoption agency unique among the others in your area.
With a lot of hard work, you can definitely start up an adoption agency.