Adoption 101

The adoption processes are challenging for all. Challenging because of the terminology. Challenging because of the massive paperwork. Challenging because of the length of time required. Challenging because strangers come into your home to assess you, your family and your home.

There are laws in place which drive the adoption processes and there are trained people to lead you through these processes. Learning all you can in advance before you begin the process to adopt, will help you know what is coming next. Asking others about their adoption process is also advisable. Learning from others, who have made this journey, will be beneficial, too.

The Adoption Process is often considered arduous and time-consuming. For most of all the information is new and not your everyday information.

Understanding the Process of Adoption

Domestic Adoption

Domestic Adoption is adoption which takes place within the United States. Each state has its own legal requirements. Adoptions may cross over state lines if both states agree.

Adopting deaf/hoh (hard of hearing) children domestically can be frustrating since so few children who are deaf/hoh are available to adopt. Most are much older, mid to late teens or have additional severe special needs. Others might be in larger sibling groups with hearing siblings.

International Adoption

International Adoption is adoption which takes place from another country to the US. Each country has its own process for adoptions and they vary greatly. Their adoption processes can also change, without notice.

Children who are deaf/hoh can be adopted internationally. Sometimes finding those who are “waiting” to be adopted (either they are truly orphans or parental rights have been relinquished) can be challenging, as well.