Adopting any child requires careful thought and planning. Adopting newborn twins adds to the complications. According to the US Census Bureau, twins are born only 32 times in every 1000 births. This limits the number of twins available for adoption. It may take years to find newborn twins available for adoption. The twins may not be born locally. Adoption laws differ across state and international boundaries. Families and Child welfare professionals must meet the qualifications for multiple jurisdictions.
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Choose an agency. Some agencies specialise in specific kinds of adoptions, while others place all types of babies. Because twins are so much rarer than single births, look for an agency that specialises in multiple birth adoption. Check with the adoption agency for the fees involved in adopting the twins. Some agencies may have a flat fee per adoption. Other agencies may double the fee.
Complete the adoption application. Every agency asks the potential parents to fill out an application. The form collects health information, personal history, and even financial information.
Participate with your local Child Welfare agency on a pre-placement survey. Commonly called the in home study, this process involves a social worker or child welfare worker checking the physical home environment. It also involves a series of personal interviews with every member of the family. The worker discusses marital and family relationships, questions plans for child care and education and even physical exams and blood tests are required in some states. According to Federal Department of Health and Human Services, federal law requires a criminal background check on all adoptive parents. Two states, Idaho and Montana, require a criminal check on every member of the prospective family regardless of their age. The worker also prepares you for the reality of adopting twins. He may offer classes or connect you with twin parent organisations in your area.
Create a contract with the birth mother. It may take years to find a birth mother willing to place twins. Some states require not only the mother, but the birth father to sign an adoption contract. The contract covers the birth and adoptive parent's rights. It outlines the type of adopting, as open or closed. In an open adoption, the birth parents have some form of access or information to the growing child. A closed adoption denies the birth parents access. The contract also covers what information the child is allowed to retrieve in the future.
Finalise the legal process. The legal adoption process varies from state to state. Some require the entire family to appear before a judge who signs the legal papers binding them together. Other states allow parents to handle the entire process through the mail. But all states have a legal process that recognises the adopted babies as part of their new family.
Tips and warnings
- Searching international adoption agencies in addition to state and local agencies also multiplies the number of available newborns.
- Some states allow prospective parents to advertise for a child. Other states prohibit any type of advertising. Check with your state.
- Participate in twin parent support groups before adopting. This prepares you for the reality of raising twins.
- Be prepared to wait. According to the North Dakota Department of Human Services it can take two to five years to adopt a single infant. Twins may take longer.
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