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Adopt a child by finding reputable organizations and agencies. Discover how to adopt a child with expert tips from a psychologist in this free video about family advice.

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Hello. Have you ever thought about how to adopt a child? That's a complicated process. I would like to share some tips with you. My name is Dr. Felicia. Finding a reputable organization for adoption is probably your first plan of action. Such as Catholic families charities. That's certainly one that does a lot of adoptions. You want to go to an agency. You're going to have to do some counseling. You will be interview together and separately as potential parents. And once you go through the approval process, it may take several interviews as well as home inspections. Once you go through the process, there will be usually a fee involve. That fee can be on a sliding scale for various persons with some agencies and other agencies may charge an exhorbant fee. So you want to be careful about that. You want to ask if they involve with open adoptions or close adoptions. In an open adoption the benefit is that you, chances are, have access to their prior name, to the child's medical background, which if very important. Where as in a closed adoption, you may not have that access. So though are thinks you want to asked about. Once you go through the adoption process, when a child comes across that mets your criteria and you are accepted by the organization, they will place the child with you. The actual formal adoption usually takes place after time. When the child's placed a short while especially with infants, they like to do an examine of the infant after you have had the child for awhile in your home. And once that's done, everything is finalized and you go through a court of law. And you have your major celebration as a new family. So going through the process of how to adopt a child does take time but it's very rewarding. I wish you best of luck on that. Good luck. Dr. Ferrara signing off.


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