Adoption in Alaska
A Complete Guide to Finding Adoptive Parents in Alaska
When you make the choice to place your baby for adoption, you get to make the decisions about your adoption plan. You are in the driver’s seat and in charge of what your adoption journey looks like. Of course, this includes selecting the perfect family for your baby from the countless families who are hoping for the chance to grow their family.
As a prospective birth mother in Alaska, you absolutely get to choose the parents for your children. This is a decision that you get to make for your baby, and while you have support from professionals while you make this choice, it is yours and yours alone.
As you navigate the adoption process, you might have the following questions come up:
- “How will I find adoptive parents for my baby in Alaska?”
- “Are there many parents wanting to adopt a baby?”
- “What qualities should I look for in families wanting to adopt my baby?”
You are asking all the right questions, and this guide has the answers you need. If you are ready to begin your adoption, reach out to an adoption professional today.
Do I Get to Choose the Adoptive Family for My Child in Alaska?
The answer to this question is an emphatic yes. Choosing to put your child up for adoption is an incredibly brave decision, and your desires for your child will be central to the process. With the help of an adoption specialist at a licensed adoption agency, you will document the qualities of a potential adoptive family that are important to you as you consider the life they will offer your child.
From this point, your adoption specialist will compare your list of preferred family qualities with the Adoption Preference Questionnaire (APQ) that the hopeful adoptive parents filled out and come up with a list of families who you might have interest in learning more about. They will give you access to their family profiles so that you can review them and make your decision.
Adoption specialists know how important this step is to you. They know that your decision to “give your child up” for adoption is one that is made from a place of deep love for your baby. They will do their best to find you the kind of family that you envision for your child because they know this choice will influence their lives greatly.
What Should I Look for in an Adoptive Family in Alaska?
While the list of qualities that you want for your child will be unique to you, there are certain questions that you can reflect on to decide what you really want in an adoptive family in Alaska.
Some helpful questions to consider are:
- Do I want my baby to have siblings? How many?
- Are there certain values that I want a family to teach to my child?
- Do I want my child to participate in certain activities?
- What type of adoption agreement do I prefer?
- Do I want my child to be raised with in a particular faith?
- Do I want my child to grow up in a rural area, an urban area, or a suburban area?
You may not have strong opinions about each question that your adoption specialist asks you, and that is OK. You may also have needs or desires that are not covered by your adoption specialist while creating your adoption plan. Remember that you are the center of this process, and these desires matter. You can voice them, and doing so will only benefit the search for the perfect adoptive family for your child.
How Can I Find Parents to Adopt My Baby in Alaska?
Without an adoption agency working on your behalf, this step could potentially be a difficult endeavor. That is why it is so important to find professionals to help you. If you are ready to speak to someone now, reach out to an adoption specialist today.
A professional will guide you through the process to find an adoptive family in Alaska. Here’s how that will work:
Step 1: Describe what qualities you want in an adoptive family.
Some women enter the adoption process with a list of their needs ready, and others have just a vague idea of what they want from an adoptive family for their baby. Either way, your adoption specialist will help you to determine the most important qualities you want in a family wanting to adopt. These will be included in your adoption plan that they will then use to find some families for you to consider.
Step 2: Review the profiles of hopeful adoptive parents in Alaska.
The number of family profiles you receive will depend on a lot of variables, but one is the type of adoption agency you are working with. When you work with a national agency, you will have access to dozens or even hundreds of family profiles. When you work with a local agency, you will likely only be given a handful. Your next step will be to review the family profiles available to you and determine if there is a family that wants to adopt that intrigues you.
You will contact your adoption specialist when you connect with a family and want to know more. They will then set up initial contact with them. Most of the time, this is a mediated phone call that will allow you to ask any questions you might have of them. If you are ready, you can click here to look at adoptive family profiles now.
Step 3: Get to know the adoptive family.
Following your first communication with the hopeful adoptive family, you can choose to continue with them, or you can keep looking. Again, the ball is completely in your court, and you get to make this decision. If you decide to go forward with this family, you will likely have more contact with them throughout the adoption process.
Most modern adoptions have some openness to them, and the communication that is characteristic of modern adoptions begins during this stage of your pregnancy. If you are comfortable with it, you can develop a meaningful and deep relationship with the adoptive family through phone calls, text messages, or in-person visits. Of course, if you are more comfortable, you can have minimal contact or none at all. This is up to you.
View Alaska Adoption Profiles
To begin the adoption process, you will want to contact an adoption professional, but you also have the opportunity to begin viewing family profiles today if you would like. If you are nervous about choosing a family or on the fence about pursuing adoption, the family profiles could help ease your worries or help you make your decision. And if you are just unsure about what you are looking for in an adoptive family for your child, comparing some of these families to one another might help you solidify some qualities you care about.
If you are looking for an adoption professional to guide you through the process of finding a family for your baby, contact us today.
Ready to get started? Contact an adoption agency now to get free information.