6. Equip your family with training and resources

Approximately 35 hours of training are required by adoption agencies (some agencies may vary slightly). A home study will also be required. This is a time when a social worker will visit your home and ask questions about your personal history, family interests and activities, what children may best fit in your home, and how you will meet the needs of the child.

This step may be overwhelming as there are many “to dos”. A good agency should provide you with a clear process (not necessarily an easy one) and help you with each step.