Thursday, January 19, 2017

So You Want to Hire an Adoption Consultant?

So you've already decided it's well worth it to hire an adoption consultant to walk with you during your adoption journey. You've heard about Christian Adoption Consultants and maybe heard a few recommendations. Maybe you've even got a clear picture of the bird's eye view of adoption and your road map.

But what now?

Here's a few of our most popular questions about our services answered:

When should we start working with a consultant?
Families start with us at all points in their adoption journey; families who are home study ready and have been waiting a long time to be matched. If you're at the very beginning, this is the BEST time to start! This way we can give you tips and referrals on choosing the right home study provider that works well with the multi-agency approach. And while you're working on your home study, we can be working together to complete your profile and review which agencies you will want to apply to. That way, once your home study is done, you're essentially ready to be matched!

What if we don't know what our preferences are yet?
That's why we're here! It can feel a little overwhelming to think through your openness to different races, situations, and the kind of relationship you might want to share with your child's birth family. Your application is just a starting place and you can change/update your preferences at any time. Our services include resources, education, and support to find the best fit for your family.

Do we need to have our entire adoption budget in the bank?
Nope. In fact, it's rare that families have all of that money already tucked away in a savings account just waiting to adopt. Much more often, the decision to adopt and jump in feels more like a leap of faith that a calculated next step that makes sense when you look at your bank statement. Some families only have what's needed to start with CAC. Keep in mind that a large part of our services are creative financing ideas that include information on the adoption tax credit, available adoption grants and loans, and fundraising ideas that might be a good fit for your family. 

Which add on option is right for us?
We offer a handful of different options to fit each hopeful adoptive family's unique needs for their adoption. Here's a brief rundown to find the right one for you:

  • Basic Consulting Package - includes our consulting services for eighteen months: education and guidance, financial advice, advocacy, and multiple agency networking with an adoption professional.  
Add On Options:
  • Profile Design - This service includes the layout, creative design, picture selection, and written narrative of your profile. (Your family profile is a highly important, essential part of your adoption journey and it is to your benefit to have a profile that is professional and accurately communicates who you are as a family.) Families will receive a pdf copy of the profile and will be responsible for printing copies as well as mailing the profile to the appropriate agencies. 
  • Agency Paperwork Preparation - This includes completion of applications to the adoption agencies on our recommended list. This is a great fit for families who would like help with organizing and preparing agency applications. 
  • Profile Review Service - We highly recommend this service to families choosing not to have us create their family profile. This service includes advice and feedback on your profile, suggestions and direction on design and layout, narrative, and pictures. 

What if we already have a home study?

No problem! We'll just dive straight in to helping you with the multi-agency approach, consulting services, and help with your profile if needed. This won't impact which package you choose.

What if we already have a profile?
I would love to take a peek! Some families come to us with great profiles, others find that with our Profile Review Service they can receive some helpful insights, feedback, and tips to make it even better.

What happens once we send in our application?
As soon as we receive your application, once we review and approve it and process your payment, we'll send over a welcome packet and next steps with all you need to get started!

Still have more questions?
No problem. Shoot me an email and I'm happy to answer your questions (or we can set up a time to chat over the phone)! This is a huge decision and I'd love to walk you through your options and work with you to find the right fit for your adoption.

Ready to finally dive in?
Simply fill out this application and email it to me! We'll get you started on what's sure to be one of the most exciting, life-changing, and important journeys of your life.


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