The very first step you will take in most adoptions will be to find an adoption agency. This process in and of itself can be overwhelming. If you live in or near a big city, you may find endless options available to you—which is a good thing, but may make it very difficult to choose from. It will take time to decide which agency is right for you based on your type of adoption and the needs that come from that situation. It will also be vital that you take the time to vet these agencies and make the most informed choice you can. If you are starting from square one, here are three ways to find an adoption agency that is right for you.
- Internet Search
A simple Internet search will garner a wealth of results noting agencies in your area or surrounding areas. A general Internet search for “adoption agency near me” can be a great tool, as it will not only list contact information for agencies but websites and reviews for them as well. Take some time to review the agency websites. There you may find information about services offered, fees, timelines, etc. Read through the reviews found on the general search pages, as these will give the most honest assessment from those who have hired these agencies.
- Social Media Reviews
After doing a general Internet search, it is beneficial to sound off on social media. If you are part of any adoption groups on Facebook, this will give you a great opportunity to throw out the names of some of the agencies you have found in your search and get some honest feedback. These reviews can help weed out unprofessional and unethical agencies while highlighting the great agencies that go above and beyond. If you are a not part of these groups, they are prevalent all over Facebook with a simple search. You can also search the name of the agency on social media and reach not only their social media presence, but possible reviews or posts in which they have been mentioned. Social media is a great way to reach out to the agency and get questions answered before calling or making any commitments.
- Cold Calls
If you like things a little more old school, you could do what everyone did before the Internet and simply look up numbers and call agencies. Some people like to talk directly to a person to get their questions answered, and that is completely understandable! If you are a more person-to-person kind of person, this would be a great option for you. You can find listings for agencies both online and in the phone book. It would be beneficial to write down your questions before calling to save both you and the agency time. You can also set up a face-to-face consultation with many agencies simply by giving them a call.
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