If you're considering adopting a child, there is a lot you need to know before bringing home the new addition to your family. One local agency is making itself available for anyone who is curious about adoption.
Michael and Laura Van Dien have been married for a year, and have decided that it is time to expand their family.
They hope to one day raise one biological child, and give a home to another child through adoption.
"Laura works with special needs children now, and she had mentioned that there's lots of great kids out there that need a great family to be a part of," said Michael Van Dien. "So we just thought we'd investigate and see what else is out there where we can help and perhaps bring one of these great kids home."
BUT THE ADOPTION PROCESS OFTEN TAKES YEARS TO COMPLETE. THE VAN DIEN FAMILY SAYS THEY WILL NEED OUTSIDE HELP.
"I think it would be overwhelming to do it alone, without an agency," said Laura Van Dien. "There's just so many unknowns, and I wouldn't want to be stuck in a situation that we weren't prepared for."
For couples like the Van Diens, getting the adoption process started can be very complex. That's why they've decided to come to the St. Anthony Medical Center today.
Children's home and aid put on an adoption orientation meeting today at the hospital, specifically for families who are considering adopting a baby.
"There's a lot of families out there who experience infertility who desire to become a mom and a dad, and are looking for what options are available to them," said Kristen Holloway. "Also we try to make orientations available so that families can become more educated and aware about what adoption is, what the process is within the state of Illinois, and what they would need to do to begin that process in order to potentially build their family through adoption."
If the Van Diens decide to adopt with the help of Children's Home and Aid, the agency will match them with a child.
According to the Children's Home and Aid, open adoptions have been becoming more and more common. An open adoption is when adoptive parents and birth parents keep in contact with each other throughout the child's life.
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