The adoption process if filled with paperwork, paperwork and more paperwork!
While some of the forms required for adoption may seem fairly basic, if not filled out properly, they can delay your progress. Ask yourself these questions before filling out your adoption paperwork. Doing so may save you time during the adoption process.
- How neat is my penmanship?
Some people are so excited to be starting the adoption process that they hurriedly fill out adoption forms. While itís understandable trying to fill out forms as fast as possible, take care to make each entry on the form clear. To put it simply, if adoption agencies and social workers canít read your application and forms, you wonít be able to move to the next step on the adoption process.
- Do I have the correct forms?
Hopeful adoptive parents will often download forms off of the Internet and fill every blank in prior t meeting with an adoption agency or attorney. However, different forms are required for different adoptions. While itís good to be prepared and ready to fill out adoption paperwork, not all forms apply to every adoption situation. Make sure you have the correct forms to fill out prior to spending hours on paperwork that may not apply to your situation.
- Do I have the correct ink color?
Yes, itís trueósome forms have been returned to potential adoptive parents due to being filled out in the wrong ink color. In addition, some forms will be sent back if it is filled out in one ink color, but signed in another. Confirm which ink is required prior to filling out the form.
- Is your time line correct?
As mentioned before, some people are so excited about starting the adoption process that they donít stop to look at the adoption time line. Working ahead on the adoption paperwork is a great idea. Partially filing in the information and turning it into your adoption agency is a bad idea, unless otherwise directed by the agency.
- How do I go about filling out forms for background checks and fingerprints?
Adoption requires background checks, clearness and fingerprints. Some cities require appointments for fingerprints, while others are on a first come first serve basis. Call prior to showing up to get fingerprinted. Knowing if they accept cash only, or if they are closed for lunch will make your visit much easier.
- What paperwork is required for my passport?
Adoptive parents often need a new passport prior to travel. This is something that should be done prior to filling out paperwork, if they are pursuing an international adoption. If youíre address has changed, or if you donít have a current passport, take care of this paperwork first. Also, confirm you have the appropriate documentation for your childís passport or official travel papers.