If you’re adopting a child in New York, you know that a private adoption is often a waiting game. If your attorney has informed you that you’ll be waiting on a response from the court or another party, look at the available time as an opportunity to become as prepared as possible for the new arrival.
- Take the opportunities you have before the child arrives.
If you’ve been planning to take a trip, visit friends, or remodel some part of the house, consider using the wait time to tackle these plans now – before your new baby or child comes home. Even smaller plans, like a day trip to a location you’ve wanted to check out or a few hours at the spa, can help you fill the time.
- Prepare your house for the new arrival.
Depending on the age of the child you’re adopting, your house may need to be cleaned, inspected, and baby-proofed. Find out what work needs to be done and complete as much of it as you can. Stock the pantry, clean thoroughly, and get rid of unused items as well, so you’re ready to focus all your attention and love on the new arrival.
- Learn as much as you can about your new child.
If you’re adopting a newborn, concentrate on learning as much as you can about the child’s family history, his or her potential medical needs, and other items that will help you provide a rich experience in early life. If the child is not a newborn, talk to the birth parents and other family members and caregivers to learn what the child likes and doesn’t like and what to expect.
- Consider keeping the nursery simple.
It can be very exciting with time on your hands to prepare a vibrant, fun-filled nursery. But newborns need a space that is simple and calming, especially when they’re making the transition to a new family. Consider setting aside a separate space for play, and making the nursery a simple, safe haven.
At the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, P.C., our experienced Long Island adoption lawyers are dedicated to helping families create the smoothest possible transition for a child. Contact us today to learn more.