We know there are a lot of questions about adoption, and we wanted to share the information we’ve learned. We’re tagging these posts as “Information Series” in hopes it will be easier for everyone to find. Let us know what questions you have about adoption. Others may have the same questions.
Just when we thought we had the adoption lingo down, we found a new one: private adoption. Sure, we’ve heard the phrase, but it’s not used by Virginia adoption advocates very often. We hear the phrase mostly by friends, family, and out-of-state sources, but what does it really mean?
Private adoption can mean something different to each person. It can include adoptions through agencies, lawyers, or parental placements. Agencies and lawyers help expectant mothers find prospective adoptive parents. Both agencies and lawyers usually have profiles of waiting families for expectant mothers to browse. Parental placements are where a biological parent gives adoptive parents custody. Expectant mothers and prospective adoptive parents may know each other previously, have mutual contacts, find each other online, or meet any other number of amazing connections.
What does this mean for us? While we plan to work with an agency, we hope by sharing our story, we will connect with an expectant mother on our own. Working with an agency just allows another avenue to find a match. We’ll be starting our home study process soon, and we’ll hopefully be a waiting family with an agency by June. We can still find a match on our own, so sharing our story and desire to adopt is still necessary.
Thank you for keeping us in mind.