Expert Offers Advice On What Pre-Adoptive Parents Can Do Now

Jennifer Keiper
June 19, 2020 - 10:11 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- An adoption expert said now is the best time for pre-adoptive parents to get things in order as everything starts reopening as stay-at-home orders are lifted.

Even though COVID-19 restrictions are slowly being lifted across the country – some people are still staying inside, and if that’s the case for pre-adoptive parents, it might be the right time to do make some preparations.

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According to Nicole Witt, Executive Director of The Adoption Consultancy, "It's a great opportunity for people to start gathering all their paperwork, or if they are going to need to apply for additional things like birth certificates or marriage licenses, you know, apply for those now, because those offices are probably going to have some backlog."

Witt also recommends working with your team to start educating yourself about what to expect from the process and create plans, and backup plans as travel, quarantine, and social distancing requirements could change at any given moment.

"So, for instance, if you were planning to fly to another state, to adopt from that state, and that flight gets cancelled. Well it's good to know, okay, what other airlines fly that route. Or okay, if that flight gets cancelled, I am going to drive. Or if the state has a resurgence of cases and they shut down temporary rentals like Airbnbs, like they did at one point, am I confortable staying in a hotel?" she said.