Archive for September, 2012

Labor of Love

In honor of the Labor day holiday, we wanted to do a special interview with someone who plays a vital role in the lives of adoptive children. The process of adoption can be quite stressful for both families and their adoptive children, but thanks to a wonderful team of people called adoption specialists, thousands of children are adopted by families in the US each year.

The following interview with Kate Engle, MSW, LCSW, Case Manager, gives some great insight into one of these such specialists, her typical day, and the most rewarding parts of her job. To Kate, and all of the adoption specialists that make a difference in so many children’s lives, THANK YOU, for all the work you do.

AJP – Why did you become an adoption professional?
Kate– I studied Russian in college, and during that time I went on a trip to help out at a Russian orphanage. Meeting the children there, seeing what they had and what they didn’t, made me want to do more to help children like them get forever families.

AJP – What is your favorite part about being an adoption professional?
Kate – My favorite part is seeing children come home. It is particularly gratifying to play a part in helping older children or those with special needs come home to their families.

AJP – What does your typical day look like?
Kate – Because I work with families all over the US and our partners/representatives overseas, I spend a lot of time on the phone. I also do a ton of paperwork because international adoption requires satisfying the bureaucracies of two different countries at once without letting any documents expire.

AJP –What advice would you give to a family thinking about adoption?
Kate – Talk to a social worker. An adoption social worker can help you sort out whether adoption is a good option for you in growing your family, and point you in the right direction to get started.

AJP – What do you look for in a family that is looking to adopt?
Kate – We look for a good fit between the family, the children available, and the country requirements/process. The types of children in need of families through international adoption varies around the world, so one of the first things that we explore with a family is what sort of child the family is hoping to adopt, what their capabilities are, and from what countries they qualify to adopt. We want the adoption to be successful, right though the child’s and family’s adjustments to one another, so it is important for everyone to be candid and realistic from the start.

AJP – What makes adoption so special?
Kate – So many parents tell me they feel that “this is the child that was meant for me,” even though their child was born in a different country. It is definitely a special way to create a family.

*For more information about adoption, the adoption process, and whether its right for your family be sure to check out our selection of adoption books

Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections.

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