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: www.LetsTalkAdoption.com with Mardie Caldwell, COAP and www.USAadoption.com 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 that 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 www.LetsTalkAdoption.com with Mardie Caldwell, COAP 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.