How To Adopt
, Adoption Education and Training
, Book Review
The adoption process is an amazing one, but it’s not easy. Our two pronged approach to the adoption process helps families to weather the inevitable storms that come as they wait to meet the child they’ve longed for.
First, educate yourself. Read, read, read. Learn all you can about the country you’re interested in, what the adoption process looks like, and what to expect when you arrive home with your new son or daughter. Read family adoption blogs and talk to others who have adopted. We recommend the following indispensable resources as you work to gain the knowledge about adoption and the process.
1. The Connected Child, Karyn Purvis
2. Toddler Adoption, Mary Hopkins-Best
3. Are Those Kids Yours, Cherie Register
4. The Whole Life Adoption Book, Janyne Schooler
5. Talking with Young Children about Adoption, Mary Watkins and Susan Fisher
6. Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew, Sherrie Eldridge
7. Lost Daughters of China, Karin Evans
8. Wanting a Daughter, Needing a Son, Kay Ann Johnson
Second, prepare. We all desire that children who are waiting for adoption would wait the shortest time possible. To do this, families must be prepared. Begin your home study process and compile your dossier, before you ever lay eyes on the picture of the child who will be your son or daughter. Agape Adoptions is happy to help you with both of these important tasks. Your preparation shortens the time your adopted child must wait for you. It’s good stewardship of your time, and an act of generous parenting, even before you’ve met.
1161 Waiting Children
6 Adoption Programs
15605 Main Street E Washington
What our clients say: "I researched adoption options and agencies for nine months before we selected Agape Adoptions. Looking back, I can truly say that I had a wonderful experience with Agape. The communication was great. I loved that they handled all of the details for us. I always knew what was coming next and how long to expect to wait through each step." - R family, China program 2017
What to expect: At Agape Adoptions we believe that unwavering advocacy for waiting children and highly personalized services for adoptive families are necessary for a successful adoption - and we are dedicated to both. Our staff is devoted to ensuring waiting children are placed with a family that is committed to them and their needs. Simultaneously, we provide adoptive families with highly personalized care from our team of experienced professionals and in-depth parent training and education programs. We are a trusted partner for families across the U.S. who are embarking on the life changing journey of adoption. If you're ready to get started, or you just need someone to answer your questions and help you understand your international adoption options, we are ready to help.
The Details: Agape Adoptions is a licensed, fully Hague accredited child placing agency based in Washington state. We work with adoptive families across the U.S., and offer homestudy and post placement services to families in Alaska, Washington and Oregon. Agape currently has programs in China, Bulgaria, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Hong Kong, Romania, and Sri Lanka.
Connect with us:
We hold virtual information meetings monthly, ususally on a Monday early in the month, at 6 pm pacific. To see when the next meeting is being held and register, click here
. To request our general information packet, click here
. To speak with one of our staff directly call (253) 987-5804
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. Our website is also a treasure trove of information, agapeadoptions.org