(All uses of “you” are either generalized you or mean “your daughter and her husband”.)
What sort of health challenges has the baby had already?
What sort of care does she require? How expensive is it? Are there programs to help pay for it? How is that predicted to change as she gets older?
Does she need 24 hour medical (as opposed to feeding and diaper changing and regular baby stuff) care, or can her conditions mostly wait until morning? (If a person is on a ventilator, you can’t ignore the alarm at 2am, and it seems like they *always *alarm at 2am; if a person needs intermittent catheterization, you can usually get on a schedule so that you do the first cath in the morning and the last cath just before bed and you get the night off.) Not saying that more labor intensive children aren’t worth adopting, but it’s a good idea to get an idea of what you’re in for so you can decide what you can handle. No, a biological family doesn’t get this luxury, but adoptive families do. It’s a perk. They deserve a few perks for all the headaches they go through.
Is she receiving Speech, Physical and/or Occupational Therapy in Early Intervention or some similar program? (Don’t laugh; my daughter was in Speech and Physical Therapy even before her due date, when she was still in the incubator in the NICU!) How many visits a week and how long is each visit? Everyone has a different comfort level with home health visits, and if she’s seeing three therapists twice a week each, that’s a LOT of people traipsing through the house and a lot of schedule wrangling. But some people love all the visits and the help with the baby.
Can you get banked breastmilk for her? (They’re going to look at you weird when you ask this. Ask anyway.)
Do they think that you can realistically have another child (whether through loins or adoption) should you want that, or is this baby likely to consume so many resources that she’s best off an only child?
At what point during the process will they allow you to look at the medical file with a nurse or doctor who can explain stuff to you? I’m sure they don’t let every inquiring couple look because of privacy laws, but at some point, if they won’t let me see it, I’m going to wonder what they’re trying to hide…
What’s the return policy/process and when does it run out? Again, yes, I know biological parents don’t get that luxury, but if they did, a lot of them would use it. (And actually, yes, they do in many states; it’s called the Safe Haven legislation, and allows a person to give up an infant no questions asked if they leave the infant in a safe designated space.) There’s nothing wrong with choosing a baby that’s a good fit for your family. Better to admit you’re in over your head and return her than get into ugly abusive situations out of frustration and exhaustion and dashed hopes and dreams.
They’re probably going to get a lot of noncommital, “We just don’t know yet…” sort of answers, but for a newborn to go through so many households raises some red flags for me. Something beyond “she’s fussy and she eats every 2 hours” is going on already. That’s normal for newborns. So what’s not normal about this newborn, and can you handle it?