How Does Infant Adoption Work?

The Infant Adoption Process

  1. The Adoption Home Study is conducted and approved by a licensed agency or social worker. The home study ensures that the adoptive family is prepared to safely care for the baby and that they’ve undergone all state-mandated training prior to placement. During the home study, your social worker will visit your family and home environment, ask questions about your parental planning, and examine your financial health.Learn more about adoption home studies.
  2. The Active Waiting Family Phase: “Waiting is the hardest part” is a sentiment many of our families express to us. During the Waiting Family Phase, you’ll work with your team to complete an adoption profile that will help potential birth parents find you online and in person. You’ll also complete questionaires that help us connect you with the right birth family and child. While waiting is stressful, it’s also one of the most critical parts of the adoption process.
  3. Communicating with Prospective Birth Parents: There are several ways your family will be chosen by a prospective birth parent. Usually this happens when a birth parent chooses your profile based on similar characteristics or a birthparent’s wishes for their child to be raised by a family like yours. When your family is chosen by a birthparent, we encourage open communication within everyone’s comfort zones. This can range from writing letters to meeting with one another in our office prior to your baby’s birth.
  4. Placement and Finalization: When your baby is born, there are two ways they can come home- direct placement or through interim care. A direct placement occurs when an infant goes directly home with their adoptive family. Interim care is available to families who prefer that a temporary, qualified caregiver care for the baby until the birth family has signed final adoption paperwork. Once your baby has been home with you for several months and you have met the requirements of state adoption regulations, you can finalize your adoption with local court systems.
  5. Post-Placement Contact: Planning for and participating in post-placement contact is something most families get ready for as they go through the adoption process. Most of our adoptions are open, which means adoptive families and birth families have ongoing contact over the child’s lifetime. Your adoption social workers will help to prepare your family for healthy post-placement contact over the course of your child’s life. Adoptions Together can help facilitate post placement contact that works for you, your child and your child’s birth parents.
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