Preparing for Adoption – The Paperwork

Adopting Intentionally – Day 13

For 31 Days I will blog about Adopting Intentionally, you can find an overview and links to daily posts here.


There is a lot of paperwork when one is adopting. 

There is no getting around it; you just have to go through it.

Here are our suggestions for successfully conquering the mountain.

1. Approach the process knowing. . . you are the one with all the answers.  The paperwork is about you.  You are the expert.

There is a lot of paperwork to fill out, but it is not difficult paper work.  The answers are within you or at your immediate reach.  Set out with optimism.

2. If paperwork comes to you, address it and move it from your to-do pile into someone else’s.

There can be additional pieces of paperwork, as soon you are made aware of its necessity add it into your schedule.

3. Pay no attention to the deadlines, because your plan should be to exceed all expectations, and get the information right back to the agency.

Of course I don’t mean forget the deadlines, instead I mean get your paperwork in as soon as possible way before the deadline.

4. Do not let paper make the process longer, strategize ways to address it efficiently, effectively and honestly.

We tackled the majority of the paperwork in one weekend.  Once we decided to adopt we did not want paperwork to slow down the process.  We adopted domestically, if you are adopting internationally, there will be wait periods.  Our encouragement to you is that as much as it is up to you, keep the process moving forward.


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