Adoption professionals are the people who guide and advise adoptive and birth parents through the adoption process. They include attorneys, case workers, counselors and certain health care providers. Depending the kind of adoption a birth or adoptive parent is interested in pursuing, some adoption professionals will play a bigger role than others. An attorney is someone who can make or break an adoption, sometimes. It's important to find personable attorneys who are experienced with mediating between a birth mother and adopters. Case workers are often among the most misunderstood in the adoption profession. They administer homestudies and may mediate communication between a birth mother and adopter or a child and his or her foster and birth parents. And while some case workers may be better than others (a fraction of adopters have complaints about their case workers, according to the chartbook Adoption USA have a degree in social work and are bigger advocates for the child than the family, however, that also includes finding suitable homes for the children. As for counselors, these professionals will vary in style and practice, but they always function in the way they see as the client's best interest or as the agency requests their services be administered. And while health care providers are hardly full-time adoption professionals, they are great resources for women, whether they're pregnant or having fertility problems and need guidance toward their adoption options.
Adoption professionals are often placed on a high pedestal or are feared without reason, but it's important to understand that these professionals are people and have their flaws and biases, even if they're supposed to suppress them.
Choosing the adoption professionals who will accompany you on your adoption journey, both pre-adoption (whether you're placing a child or hoping to adopt) and post-adoption is one of the most important decisions you will make.
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