Adoption Specialist

Advise couples on adoption laws and procedures.

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Good

Salary Range
$26,000 – $68,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Adoption Specialists do?

Adoption Specialists help couples adopt children both domestically and internationally. Your role as an Adoption Specialist is three-fold: you’re an advocate, Counselor and Educator.

For instance, if an infertile couple wants to start a family, but finds medical intervention too costly, they may turn to you for guidance. It’s your job to lay out their options, evaluate their suitability to raise a child and check up on the new family once the adoption has gone through. Since the adoption process is never one-sided or cut and dry, you also provide counseling to the adopted child and his or her birth parents. Sometimes these sessions are one-on-one, though some Adoption Specialists choose to hold group counseling sessions regularly that are open to any client who chooses to attend.

It’s important to remember that adoption requirements are different in every state, so it’s your job to advise potential parents on how laws in their area work and make sure their homes reflect qualities the state is looking for when it makes adoption placements. International adoptions are additionally bound by federal regulations governing immigrants. You make sure adoptions go smoothly, so it’s vital to know the details inside and out.

As an Adoption Specialist, you’re the middleman between adoptive parents, birth parents, children, and state, federal and international governing bodies. Getting pulled in many different directions is a tough part of the job. But the pull on your heartstrings will be stronger when you see your hard work pay off as you unite families connected by a love that forgets biology.


Should I be an Adoption Specialist?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Adoption Agent, Adoption Counselor, Adoption Worker, Early Interventionist, Early Intervention Specialist See More

    How to become an Adoption Specialist

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