Step 1: Complete Our Free Adoption Application
Once you have made the decision to adopt a baby, we make it easy to begin the adoption process with our free online application.
Step 2: Getting Started
After your application has been reviewed, an adoption coordinator will be in touch to provide all of the information, resources, contacts, etc., you will need. Our adoption specialists are kind, knowledgeable, and passionate about adoption, and they are always happy to answer any questions you have as you navigate your adoption journey.
Step 3: Create Your Adoptive Family Profile
Next, as part of our exclusive marketing and advertising services, we will assist you in creating a personal adoptive family profile that we will present to birthmothers. Your profile should be unique, painting a picture of your lifestyle, home, and family. Be genuine, be passionate, and most of all, be you.
Step 4: Create an Adoption Plan
Because we are a small company, our adoption coordinators are able to spend more time working with you to create a custom adoption plan that meets your needs on both a personal and financial level. Will you have an open adoption or closed adoption? Does the baby’s gender matter to you? Are you open to any race? Would you be open to adopting twins? These are all questions to consider when creating your adoption plan.
Step 5: Complete the Adoption Home Study
All adoptive families are required to complete an adoption home study. The home study determines whether adoptive families are emotionally, physically, and financially ready to adopt a baby. This process can take anywhere from three to six months, so if you haven’t yet initiated this process, now is a good time to do so.
Step 6: A Birthmother’s Choice
For semi-open and open adoptions, we believe it is of utmost importance that the birthmother be involved in choosing the adoptive family for her child. Not only does it give the birthmother more control over her adoption plan, but it also makes for healthier, stronger connections. We present each birthmother with an assortment of adoptive family profiles and give her the opportunity to select a family. Once a birthmother selects your profile, your adoption coordinator will contact you to set up initial contact. This is typically a phone call, but it could also be email or video chat depending on the type of adoption. If both parties agree to move forward with the adoption, an in-person meeting will usually occur.
Step 7: Meet With a Birthmother
Meeting a birthmother can be stressful for many adoptive parents. As experienced adoption professionals, we will assist you in preparing for this meeting by suggesting questions to ask and things to watch out for. Keep in mind that, as adoptive parents, you have the option to decline a birthmother situation at any time.
Step 8: Moving Forward
Once both parties agree on the adoption, we will refer you to an attorney or social worker in the birthmother’s state that you will need to hire. In the event the birthmother changes her mind or the plan takes an unexpected turn, we will continue your advertising and marketing efforts for the remainder of your contract at no additional charge.
Step 9: Bringing Home Your Baby
The birth and post-birth experience is different for every adoption and depends heavily on the preferences of the birthparents and adoptive parents. Some birthmothers want to see and hold their baby and meet the adoptive family while others don’t want to do either. Some birthparents allow the adoptive parents in the delivery room while the baby is born, and some adoptive families don’t even arrive at the hospital until after the baby is born. In most cases, however, you will be able to bring your baby home directly from the hospital. After that point, the legal procedures required to finalize the adoption differ drastically from state to state.