The adoption process has evolved tremendously over the years, giving those who wish to become parents more options in which to do so, thus creating better chances for children who need to find a loving home. Whether prospective adoptive parents are interested in domestic, international or foster adoption, they can now turn to several different resources to assist them through the steps of adoption and help them find a child that will be the perfect addition to their family. There are three main types of adoption, and by reaching out to local child welfare agencies, private adoption agencies, adoption attorneys, etc. hopeful parents will be able to learn more about each and then decide which opportunity is the best for them to pursue.

Foster Adoption

Children of all ages and backgrounds are entered into the foster care system after they have been abandoned, orphaned or it has been determined that their birth parents are no longer capable of taking proper care of them for the time being. Whenever possible, the objective and best case scenario for most foster children is for them to eventually be reunited with their birth parents, but this doesn’t always turn out to be the end result.

In the event that parental rights are terminated or they have no other family, foster children remain in the system or with foster parents waiting to be matched with adoptive parents that can provide them with the stable and supportive environment that every child deserves. Oftentimes, foster adoption occurs in families that are already fostering and choose to make the situation permanent. Foster adoption should also be considered by those looking to adopt more than one child since it’s common for foster children to come into the system with siblings.

Domestic Infant Adoption

Domestic infant is what most people think of right away when the subject of adoption is brought up. Many adoptive parents have their hearts set on adopting a baby, which may provide a bit of a challenge. With the abundance of families waiting to adopt an infant outnumbering the availability of babies waiting to be adopted through a licensed adoption agency, it could be quite some time before the dreams of becoming an adoptive parent are ever fulfilled.

However, depending on state laws, prospective parents might try another avenue to complete a domestic infant adoption without having to wait a great length of time (i.e. employing the help of a lawyer, doctor, clergyman or other mediator to independently find a mother looking to give her baby up for adoption).

International Adoption

International adoptions are generally the most complicated and expensive of all the types out there, but still remain a popular option for many. Seeking out a foreign adoption means dealing with more than one government and learning citizenship laws for both. Working directly with an agency that specializes in international adoptions will ensure a smoother process and that all the necessary details are ironed out to be presented to government parties who oversee adoptions.

The adoption path that a family chooses must be right for everyone involved. The goal of adoption is to match children in need of a safe and caring home life with parents who are devoted to offering this and much more well into adulthood. Whether that comes in the form of domestic infant, international or foster adoption is up to each future adoptive parent.

Tiffany Olson loves to write about anything family or parenting related and also enjoys connecting with others through guest blogging and social media. She lives in Northern California and in her off time enjoys cooking, making homemade beauty products, and traveling.