Adoption is full of choices—and one of the most significant choices you will make is choosing the adoptive family. While this decision might seem daunting, you can take steps to make the process more manageable.

Read on to learn tips for choosing the adoptive family. Or, if you’re facing an unexpected pregnancy and want to talk to someone about adoption or find pregnancy resources, contact Alpha Center today for a consultation at no cost to you. We do not provide adoptions but can help point you in the right direction.

Talk With an Adoption Counselor

If you’re thinking about adoption as an option for your pregnancy, it’s essential to meet with a reputable adoption agency that will pair you with an adoption counselor. 

An adoption counselor is your guide throughout the adoption process, ensuring that all your questions are answered and that your desires and goals are met. 

An adoption counselor will also help you through the process of choosing an adoptive family. Oftentimes, an adoption counselor will listen to what you’re looking for in an adoptive family and provide you with a list of families who meet that criteria. 

Things to Consider When Choosing an Adoptive Family

Choosing the adoptive family is one of the biggest decisions you will make during the adoption process, but trying to envision the specific attributes you want the adoptive family to have can help you. For example:

  • Do you want the adoptive family to have a particular background – ethnicity, faith, etc.?
  • Do you want the adoptive family to have other children? If your answer is yes, how many? Do you want them to be a large family or a smaller family?
  • Do you want the adoptive parents to have particular careers or interests? For example, if the outdoors are important to you, you could choose adoptive parents who are avid hikers or campers.
  • Would you prefer the adoptive family to live in the same city as you or farther away?

Asking yourself these questions can help you create a mental picture of the ideal adoptive family. 

You’re Not Alone

Thinking about how to choose an adoptive family can feel overwhelming, but you’re not alone in this. At Alpha Center, we’re here for you. We understand this can be a challenging decision, and we’re here to answer your questions and help you feel empowered and supported. 

Call us today at (605) 361-3500 to connect with one of our caring team members.

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