Adoption Counseling

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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The adoption process is filled with joy and anxiety, and sometimes even the most optimistic couples will need adoption counseling. Are you prepared for the emotional highs and lows that come with the adoption process, including the adoption homestudy? Adoption counseling can help answer your questions, assuage your fears, and inspire your hopes.

Expert Advice and Adoption Counseling

Adoption counseling will provide you with not only emotional advice, but practical and legal advice as well. For example, adoption counseling can help you to adopt a child in a different country, or help you adopt children from a different state. Counseling can also help you prepare for your home study.

International and domestic home studies are the scariest but most necessary part of the adoption process. Home studies include a series of interviews of the couple by a licensed social worker, including at least one interview in the couple's home. The interviews culminate in a written report and a recommendation either for or against the couple being allowed to adopt.

Counselors can help you prepare for this crucial study. For example, is your home suitably child-proofed, with the requisite number of smoke alarms? Counselors can help with practical information like this, in addition to emotional counseling.


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