How to Find Time to Handle Adoption Paperwork

Finding time to handle adoption paperwork to adopt a babyHow to Find Time to Handle Adoption Paperwork

Most adoptive parents-to-be are faced with a mountain of paperwork in the adoption process. It can be very daunting and overwhelming especially when they are already dealing with a lot of emotional, mental, and financial pressure. The adoption process can be time-consuming and will require major changes in your lifestyle and commitments. Couples who work can find it incredibly hard to keep up with all the pre- and post-adoption paperwork and adoption reading. If you are a prospective adoptive parent, you will have to deal with the following:

  • Forms for home study, immigration application, placement agency, and so on
  • Documents related to your health, finances, and personal history
  • Medical records and other documents related to the child you are adopting
  • Travel documents if you are adopting a child from a foreign country
  • Documents related to post-placement reports and home visits

The list may appear to be endless! The amount of paperwork increases as you get closer to adoption or if you are adopting a child from a different country. In both domestic and international adoption, you will have to be ready to travel at any time and must have all your papers in order. However, with careful planning and preparation, you can keep up with the paperwork and manage to overcome your initial fears about going through the daunting process.

Here are a few tips to help you deal effectively with adoption paperwork:

  • Try to start your day an hour earlier than usual or stay up an hour later. This will give you the much-needed quiet time to do adoption reading and paperwork. Use a timer to ensure you spend the entire hour on the work you planned to do.
  • Sit in a quiet area where you will not be disturbed or distracted and make a to-do list of paperwork you need to complete, along with realistic deadlines.
  • Read encouraging adoption stories or listen to adoption audios that will boost your confidence and push you to complete all necessary paperwork in time.
  • Create a filing system for all your adoption paperwork. This will help you find documents in a moment’s notice and save time and money. You can even use software programs to help you organize your adoption paperwork.
  • At the end of each session working on your adoption, establish the goals and tasks required for the next time. This will help you stay focused and come prepared knowing the next task at hand.

When you stick to an organized plan for a couple of weeks you will be surprised at how much paperwork you were able to complete within the deadline. Always remember that every effort you make in the adoption process is bringing you one step closer to the child God has meant for you!

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