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Your Adoption Answers
Getting Started in the Right Direction with the
Right Questions


The Best Adoption Websites

Lifetime Adoption
Information for pregnant women and prospective adoptive parents.

Open Adoption
Adoption stories and information for those interested in open adoption.

Adoption Financing Information
Adoption loans and resources on financing your adoption

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Lifetime Adoption Foundation
Scholarships and adoption grants for those who qualify.

Adoption webinars
Join a teleconference and learn about how to have a successful adoption!

Bi-Racial Adoptions
For those interested in a bi-racial adoption or women who are considering an adoption plan.

USA Adoption
If you are in the military and interested in adoption resources and information than this is the site for you.

Adoption Minute
Quick video tips for those dreaming of adopting a baby or child.





















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Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.

Regardless of the type of professional you are hiring, there are some essential questions to ask before committing to anyone. Most of these questions apply to both the hiring of attorneys, qualified adoption facilitators, social workers and private agencies.

New book about adoption by Mardie Caldwell.

The book Adoption: Your Step by Step Guide provides a lot of information for families beginning their adoption journey.

Here are a list of questions from the book that you need to ask an adoption professional as you start your search for a professional who will become your partner in building your family through adoption:

  • How did you first become involved with adoption?
  • How long have you been in the adoption profession?
  • What services do you provide, both for adoptive parents and for birth parents?
  • What services don't you provide?
  • What are your fees?
  • Do you have a formal contract?
  • Depending on the type of service that is offered, are you licensed, bonded, or certified?
  • What is your success rate and in what time frame can the average family expect to wait to adopt?

The best tools you will use while conducting your adoption research are the notes and files you will keep during your search.Keep hard copies or electronic files. Your files should include all the informationn, literature and notes you have obtained on the professional you are considering. Keep a list of dates and the people you speak to.

I recommend you also write down how the phone conversation went, did they answer the phone with a live person or did you have to leave a message during regular hours? Was their website informative and helpful? What type of track record do they have in international adoption, domestic adoption or in FosAdopt success?

Working with an adoption professional in another state is very common and easy with the use of the Internet. Don't feel rushed and be sure to do your homework. With planning, patience and the determination to follow through on your information, you should feel confident in the adoption professional you finally decide on. You will save time, money and frustration when you plan and use the questions above. Print this out and keep it with you while speaking to anyone you are considering using. It will become invaluable to you and your success.

Be wise, take notes and ask questions. You too can adopt successfully!

Visit for audio interviews about all areas of adoption.

Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P., author of (American Carriage House, 2004), is a nationally recognized authority on open adoption and adoption resources. A certified open adoption practitioner, Caldwell is founder of Lifetime Adoption Center, LLC, established in 1986, and Lifetime Adoption Foundation. She is the host of the popular Internet radio show, Let's Talk Adoption with Mardie Caldwell. She and her husband reside with their four children in Northern California.

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