Initially, parties see adoption as a two-way tool. For prospective parents, it is a way for them to experience parenthood and share an abundance of love and care. On the other hand, adoption is a way for biological parents to provide an environment and opportunities they might not be able to provide for their children.
However, as the adoption process progresses, the parties will have to discuss more specific and pressing issues. Accordingly, they may disagree on some terms, which can interrupt or cause the discontinuance of the adoption. This situation is more likely to happen when parties try to settle on their own without an impartial third party.
Mediation is a recommended method for adoption
Like most family matters, parties to an adoption can seek the guidance of a neutral third party, known as a mediator, to assist them with the process. Mediation is highly recommended and can benefit the parties in the following ways:
- Conducting the negotiation in a smooth and orderly manner
- Preventing unfair agreement terms for either party
- Detecting power play, especially if there is a difference in societal status
- Addressing dispute issues without bringing them to court
- Retaining privacy and confidentiality
While parties are free to enter into mediation, the final mediated adoption agreement is still subject to the court’s review and approval. Hence, the settlement needs to follow applicable laws and remain just and lawful.
The first step in exploring mediation
Adoption parties who decide to proceed with mediation may not know what step they should first take. Finding a mediator who can competently facilitate and handle mediation is crucial in drawing a successful adoption settlement. This allows the adoption parties to be guided on what they have to do and prepare.