The Intake Process
Adoptive parents begin their wonderful journey by speaking with an intake specialist who gathers the information necessary to begin the home study process. The intake specialist will inform you what documents will be needed to begin the application process and give you a time frame, basic overview and a price quote for the services we provide. An in-person office visit can be scheduled at this time also. A Child’s Dream licensed child placing agency handles home study services for both domestic & international adoptive placements. We work with International child placing agencies across the United States and A Child’s Dream is in the process of opening an international placement program between Nicaragua and the United States.
The Introductory Visit
Adoptive parents meet with the Agency Director and/or an Adoption Specialist to discuss the home study process, go over the state adoption regulations, the adoptive parent criminal clearances, home study paperwork, and adoptive parent training. A checklist is given to the adoptive couple so they can keep track of the necessary documents for the completion of the home study.
Home Study Preparation
During this time you will be working closely with your adoption specialist for the construction of your home study and preparation for the placement of your adopted child. You will need to have at least 3 face to face visits with your adoption specialist including, at least one individual and two meetings with both adoptive parents. These typically take place in your home or in our office or a combination. Your adoption specialist will guide you through the construction of the Adoptive Parent Profile/Dear Birth Parent Letter. You will have the option to have your profile added to our website profile database if you choose.
The Matching Process
During the home study process you will construct your individualized birth parent acceptance checklist so that your adoption specialist will know what you will and will not accept in an adoptive child i.e…race, drug & alcohol exposure, location of birth parents… Once your home study & Adoptive Parent Profile/Dear Birth Parent Letter is complete we can begin to present your profile to birth parents that meet your specific criteria. At this point your profile can be added to our website profile data base if you choose. The benefit is that your profile can be viewed by a large number of birth mothers around the country and this tends to shorten your waiting time. You will be able to obtain medical & social
information on the birth mother interested in your profile so that you can make an informed decision to accept the match.
Once a birth mother has chosen your profile and you have accepted the match, then your adoption specialist will work closely with you and the birth mother, or birth parents to coordinate visits during the hospital experience with baby and the birth family. They will also educate you on the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) process and travel details if you will be traveling to another state to take placement of your child.
Adoptive Parent FAQ
The Hospital Experience
This is the most stressful time throughout the adoption experience for both the adoptive family and the birth family.
Termination of Parental Rights & Post Placement Supervision
You will work closely with your adoption specialist and the birth family’s pregnancy counselor to help guide your steps, ease your anxiety and make sure that you are receiving the support needed to make this time as peaceful as possible. Your adoption specialist and the birth family’s pregnancy counselor will inform you of the hospital policy on adoption and will work with the hospital staff to ensure your visitation schedule and access to the medical professionals as well as labor and delivery records. Typically the adoptive family’s pregnancy counselor will facilitate the preparation and execution of the legal placement paperwork with you. These forms will explain the post placement supervision requirements for you and your family as well as the birth parent right’s termination & adoption finalization process , and time line. During this period, you will have access to an agency adoption advocate 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
During this period of time, you will work with your adoption specialist and birth family’s pregnancy counselor alongside the attorney or post placement agency handling the post placement supervision, birth parent termination & finalization process. Our adoption advocates have licensed child placing agency relationships and attorney referrals in almost every state and work very closely to make sure that everything is handled efficiently and in a timely manner. Our agency offers post placement supervision services for both domestic and international adoptions.
On-Going Communication with the Birth Family
If you and your birth family have agreed upon an on-going communication throughout your child’s growing up years, you can enjoy the confidential service that is provided. As an independent third party, if you send letters and/or pictures to the birth mother/birth parents, A Child’s Dream will act as an intermediary. You will send the letter and/or pictures to A Child’s Dream and they will forward them to the birth parents, assuming that the birth parents have kept A Child’s Dream informed of their current address, and contact information. If for some reason the birth parents have not informed A Child’s Dream of their current address and contact information, having this service with A Child’s Dream provides third party verification that you have honored your end of the communication agreement.