Thanks to your family lawyer for helping you all the way in processing your adoption. Finally, you can bring home your foster child to take care and love as if your own. It’s another satisfying responsibility that you can willingly take after passing all the qualifications needed to stand as a parent to the child you have chosen. But just before you pick him or her up in the orphanage, make sure you’ve laid the following points in order. Let’s get started!
Work on the papers
A family lawyer can still play his role in helping you prepare some documents. If you are aiming to have all the requirements completed in no time, then you would surely need some assistance and guidance from your family lawyer. These papers include those that will be needed by insurance companies, so your child can immediately be covered by the benefits. Moreover, you would also need to get your child’s original birth certificate and social security number for future use (i.e. claiming of passports, enrollment, et cetera).
Get your child involved
As a parent, it is your responsibility to make your child feel that he or she belongs in the new environment he or she will be staying in. Plan ahead on where you want him or her to study. If necessary, seek for offices that may give your child the proper counseling and therapy he or she needs. Expose your child to groups that will give him or her a chance to mingle and socialize. As for yourself, you may also look for a support group that especially caters to the needs of adoptive parents. Your family lawyer may give you a recommendation.
Inform family members of changes
Now, this one is probably the most difficult thing of all. Considering your emotional stability about adopting a child, your family members may not necessarily have the same stability as you have. Brief your family members how this thing is very important to you and make them prepare as well. Let them know about what they should expect and hear them out in return about what they have in mind. Think proactively and solve possible problems before they erupt in a form of a clash between your adoptive child and family members.
Prepare for a warm welcome
If the occurrence of an issue comes to a peaceful resolution, what follows is the home preparation. It is understandable that your child will act meek and reserved during his or her first few days in your home. Make him feel that he or she is not an outcast. Give him or her space that he or she can own. Also, besides the logistics preparation, personal approach is highly valuable.