There are five key things for military families to know in order to have a successful adoption. By following these five keys, military families will be able to overcome some of the specific obstacles that face them during the adoption process.
1. An optimistic attitude
Although attitude is not everything, an optimistic attitude can be a source of strength when going through the adoption process. Remember what the end result is going to be; the adopting of an adorable loving child will keep you in an optimistic mood.
2. Knowledge of the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC)
This is an agreement between states to work together for what is best for the children in their state. The agreement is meant for adoptive families that wish to adopt outside of their state. The states will work together to provide resources to families and children from other states during and after an adoption placement.
Many military families are aware of this agreement, but may not be aware of the fact that ICPC is also in effect for military bases overseas. Because military bases are U.S. territories, any family based internationally can still adopt from the states through the ICPC.
3. Vast resources of information
There are numerous websites devoted to helping military families during the adoption process. It can sometimes be overwhelming trying to find information that is actually helpful to your situation. Here are a few very informative websites:
Let's Talk Adoption with Mardie Caldwell and USA Adoption are great resources for information on the adoption process.
- Your Judge Advocate General (JAG) can tell you more about the policies between states (ICPC) and international policies on adoption.
- A local social worker can provide information on the home study process
4. An adoption professional who is excited to work with you
Finding the right adoption professional can be a long and daunting task. But once you locate a good adoption professional, they can guide you in the adoption process. Their skill and knowledge will make the whole process easier for you. Visit Let's Talk Adoption with Mardie Caldwell, for some great advice in finding the right adoption professional.
5. A Fantastic Profile
Get started on your profile today. Even if you have not found the perfect adoption professional yet, you can still start putting together your dynamic profile. Especially if you are planning on adopting an infant, you will need to have a profile that will show off what a great life you have and how well you will provide for your new addition. Pieces of this profile are also sometimes added to a home study, so even if you are looking at only adopting an older child, you can start putting together this information right away.
There are many options for military families looking for assistance with adoption. Below are service providers who have experience helping military families with adoption and who may be able to help you too!
Lifetime Adoption Facilitates approximately 120 adoptions a year and has experience placing children with US Military families stationed overseas.
Free Adoption Informational Meeting for Prospective Adoptive Families
Have you thought about adopting a child but don't know where to start?
Lifetime Adoption is holding free informational meetings and teleconferences to help families learn more about how they can be blessed through adoption. Visit AdoptionTeleconference.com to learn more about how you can attend a one of these meetings.
African American Adoptions Online Offers grants for families adopting African American and biracial children. Good opportunity for interested military families.
General Adoption Information
Open Adoption Providing general information and resources on the subject of open adoption.
Adoption for Life Free online newsletter for prospective adoptive families.
Let's Talk Adoption with Mardie Caldwell Weekly internet radio show with a wide variety of adoption information.
Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P. is a speaker and award-winning author of two books, Adopting Online and Adoption: Your Step-by-Step Guide. Mardie is also the talk show host of Let's Talk Adoption.com with Mardie Caldwell. For more information, email Mardie Caldwell.