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Adoption is both fun and nerve-wracking process as it encompasses both the excitement of meeting your newest member of the family and waiting patiently for the right time to come. If you are looking for more information about adopting a baby, you came to the right place. At Courage Community Foster Care, we will be sharing with you everything you need to know about adopting a baby. We encourage you to keep reading below so you will be equipped with the right knowledge once you have decided that you are ready to adopt a baby. 

What Are the Initial Things to Prepare For a Baby?

Update your health insurance: You must contact your insurance company to update them about the upcoming baby and have them update the plan to get your baby covered. Make sure to update all the paperwork and pay any necessary fees. 

Find a pediatrician: Even before your baby comes, you must choose a pediatrician already. Check out your area for any pediatric clinics. You can also ask for recommendations for close friends, family members, or the adoption agency. Make sure to take the time to meet with your prospects and choose one that you feel the most comfortable with. You don’t want a pediatrician that you are not comfortable with for your baby. Do not forget to ask about their clinic schedule, availability, and if they will accept your insurance. 

Prepare the essential items: Before your baby arrives, you must prepare their essentials such as clothes, milk, food, and other baby necessities like cribs, walker, stroller, diaper, etc. Once you receive a referral for your baby and have the important details like the sex, weight, and age, you can go and prepare for their clothes, toys, and other products that they will need.

You can hold a baby shower and get other essentials once your baby comes home. Important note: do not go overboard! Avoid overspending. Just buy the necessary things that will be enough to care for your baby. Remember babies grow fast. You do not want to purchase too many clothes and shoes that will not fit after a few months. 

Learn about childcare: If you have a full-time job, make sure to look into childcare options. Look for daycare or childcare centers in your area. Check out the cost of their services so that you can learn about the available options available to you once you decide to return to work after your baby arrives. Keep in mind that most childcare centers may have waiting lists that may last up to a few months, so make sure to sign up before your baby comes home. 

Enroll in a parent class: This is an important tip for new parents. You can learn all the important aspects of caring for a baby. This will help you be confident about your baby’s needs when they come home. Feel free to ask your adoption agency if they offer classes for awaiting adoptive parents or if they know a place that offers parenting classes located near you. 

Read books about parenting: There are plenty of resources available online about parenting. You can also ask your adoption agency if they can provide you with reading materials about parenting and any information that can help you as an adoptive parent of a baby. Another resource to consider is your local library so that you can save money by not opting to buy parenting books which can be quite costly. You can also ask your co-parents or family friends who can lend you parenting books if they have any. 

Spend time with babies: If you have friends or relatives who have babies, you can visit them and ask to observe how they care for their babies. If you can offer to babysit for them then do so. This will give you a good hands-on experience and necessary training which can be quite helpful once your baby comes home. 

Spend time with other adoptive parents: You can prepare for the life of an adoptive parent by meeting other adoptive parents from your adoption agency. Take the time to get to know them and ask questions about adoption. They can also help ease any anxiety or fears that you may have about the adoption process. Local support groups are another option to consider for a support system. You can ask your adoption agency or facilitator if they know of any adoptive families groups in your area. A support group can help you out a lot if you are a new adoptive parent. 

Prepare your baby’s bedroom: If you have prepared everything and the adoption process is almost completed, you must set up and prepare your baby’s room. You have to prepare their crib and other important baby essentials that you will need to care for your baby. Assess everything you have and what you will need to buy. For more savings, you can ask your family members or friends who have children to lend you a baby carrier, stroller, baby chair, or walker.

Handle the adoption process like a regular pregnancy: Even though you chose the adoption process to have a baby, there is no reason why it won’t be as special as having a baby thru a normal pregnancy. If you want to have an adoption announcement including a pictorial, go ahead! If you want to hold a baby shower, there’s nothing stopping you. Adopting a baby does not mean you can skip the normal milestones of having a baby. It will only mean that your process of growing your family is different than the traditional process. 

Choose a name for your baby: When you are adopting a baby, they may already have a name given by the birth mother, foster family, or adoption agency. It is up to you if you want to keep their name, use it as a middle name, or change it completely to a new one. If you want to give your baby a new name, you must prepare a list of names that you and your partner like. You must also consider names that will be appropriate for your child especially if they are of different ethnicity or culture. 

If you are adopting internationally, you must learn more about your baby’s country and culture. You can search about the country’s language and try to learn some basic words and phrases that you can teach them while they are growing up so it can help preserve their culture. Look for videos, songs, CDs, DVDs, or Blu-rays from your baby’s birth country. You can play them when they come home; this can be comforting during the first few months while your baby adjusts to your home and their new surroundings. 

The waiting period can be one of the hardest aspects of the adoption process. You must do everything you can to stay busy. Keep in mind that the adoption process may vary from one case to another. Most cases can only take a few months while some can take more than a year. You must not focus on the time that you have to wait, just do the usual things that you enjoy. If you want to take a vacation do so. This will allow you to relieve stress and deal with the anxiety or nerves that you are feeling. Take the opportunity to schedule date nights with your partner now, because once your baby comes home, you will be spending a lot of time as a full-time parent.

If you are interested in adopting a baby but do not know the process or where to begin, make sure to ask a professional’s help. You can trust Courage Community Foster Care to help you with the adoption process. We are a public adoption agency and we can assist you with this from start to finish. We will help you with the paper works and other essential aspects required during the adoption process. As a public adoption agency, we help facilitate placements for children who are for adoption. They are usually in foster care and will then be legally available for adoption. 

The adoptions in our agency occur as a process. Children placed on our care are placed on foster care status and after more than a year and once the court has decided that the child is not able to return to their biological family, they will then be available for adoption with our foster families.

Once they are legally free (the rights of the parents were terminated by the court), they will become available for adoption. Our company has facilitated 15 adoptions since 2012 and we are looking forward to 18 more. If you want to know more about the adoption process, please reach out to us. You can contact us by filling up this contact form here

If you are based in Colorado, USA, you must go and check out Courage Community Foster Care. We are a licensed public adoption agency in Colorado. We can help you with the adoption process. If you want to ask about our company or the services that we offer, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can call us at 719.321.4319 or send an inquiry email at [email protected] You can also send us letters thru our P.O. Box address; it is P.O. Box 262 Cascade, CO 80809. Make a difference by adopting a baby. Make sure to choose Courage Community Foster Care, and we will be glad to help you with the adoption process all the way.