Every single year, there are more than 20,000 infants who are placed for adoption right here in the United States. Infant domestic adoption can give these children loving, forever families where they can thrive. We find that many families considering this type of adoption approach it with questions and concerns that, when addressed, make the process much clearer and less uncertain. Following are some of the more common questions about infant domestic adoption. Once you understand what this type of adoption is, you can more clearly consider whether it might be a good fit for your family.
Many different kinds of families can adopt infants in the United States. The most important qualities we look for in adoptive families are the qualities that make for a stable and loving home, such as honesty, communication skills, the ability to financially and emotionally support your child, and a positive attitude toward adoption.
As part of the adoption process, you will complete a domestic adoption application and a home study, which will provide us with a picture of who you are as a family. You will also create a family profile to be shared with birth parents looking for adoptive families for their infant. This profile gives the birth parents information about you and your family that will help them determine whether you will be a good fit for their particular child. Providence Place will offer you guidance and support as you create these profiles, and will work with you and birth parents to make the best possible match for everyone involved.
The family profile is designed to be a snapshot of your family. As such, it will contain everything a birth parent will need to decide whether to consider your family further as adoptive parents to their child. The information on the profile, therefore, may include pictures, information regarding your marriage, family, and other relationships, educational background, reasons for adopting, reasons you want to be a parent, and more. Domestic adoption agencies like Providence Place will provide the guidance you need to create a profile that accurately reflects your family and your heart for adoption in order to make sure that you adopt just the right child for your family.
Infant adoption is often open, meaning that the child’s birth parents are involved in selecting the adoptive family for their child. This process, called open adoption, allows the birth parents to feel comfortable and reassured about the family their child is joining, and gives the birth parents and the adoptive family the opportunity to meet and learn about each other during the adoption process and perhaps even remain in contact after the adoption is finalized.
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This type of adoption has a number of benefits. First, it provides the birth parents with peace of mind and a sense of empowerment, because they get to choose the adoptive parents for their child and therefore know that their child is going to a good home. Second, it provides the adoptive family with information regarding their adoptive child’s roots, heritage, and medical history, and allows them to feel more confident in their role as parents to the infant. Third, it provides the adoptive child with access to their heritage and answers to any questions they may have about the circumstances surrounding their adoption.
Many prospective adoptive families worry about having their child reclaimed by the biological parents, especially when first learning about open adoption. Birth mothers do have a short period of time in which they can change their minds about placing their infant for adoption. However, birth mother services such as those offered by Providence Place can help counsel birth mothers through their decision before the baby comes, minimizing the chances that this will happen. In addition, once the adoption takes place, the child is legally the adoptive parents’ and cannot be reclaimed by the birth mother, even in open adoptions where the birth mother is an active presence in the child’s life.
Infant domestic adoption has a number of advantages. First, the process of adopting an infant in the United States tend to be shorter than international adoption, sometimes by up to a few years. Second, the process allows you to adopt a newborn. Other types of adoption, because of their circumstances, make it much less likely for you to adopt an infant as opposed to an older child. Third, if you pursue infant domestic adoption, you do not face the obstacles that sometimes come up in other types of adoption. This type of adoption also tends to be less expensive, and to require very little travel.
The process typically takes between one and two years to adopt an infant. The process can be much quicker if you wish to adopt a child with special needs.
If you have questions about infant domestic adoption, you should consider attending an adoption seminar or discussing your questions with an adoption agency like Providence Place. Once you decide to pursue adoption, you can begin by filling out and submitting an adoption application. We will help guide you along the rest of the journey to bringing your baby home.