The adoption process will look a little different from person to person, or family to family. Generally it begins with filling out an application, approval or denial of that application, meeting with us in person, homestudies, selection of an adoption attorney, being selected by a birthmother and potential communication with that birthmother, figuring out and assisting with potential financial needs of a birthmother, birth, legal paperwork, post-placement homestudy, and finalization. The length of this process is unknown, and we cannot guarantee a placement. We take this process very seriously, as it is our priority to make sure prospective adoptive parents are the right fit for a child. Open Arms will be supporting you throughout this process through clear communication, emotional support, and community resource referrals for adopting parents.
HOW LONG WILL THIS PROCESS TAKE?
Every adoption process is different and therefore the length of the adoption process is different for each case. Patience and realistic expectations are required when going through this process. We find that it is helpful and we encourage prospective adoptive parents to join community groups or utilize other resources to help support them through their adoption journeys.
WHAT IS AN OPEN ADOPTION?
An open adoption is a type of adoption plan that allows a birth mother to stay in contact or have some kind of connection with her child and the child’s family throughout their lifetime. Open adoptions can look a variety of different ways depending on the needs and wants of everyone involved. Open Arms encourages open adoption plans as it is usually in the best interest of the child.
Closed adoptions refer to adoption plans where there is no ongoing communication or relationship between birth mother and child once the adoption has been finalized. Closed adoptions were more popular in the past, but this is changing. Sometimes a closed adoption may be the right choice. An adoption professional at Open Arms can help walk you through adoption plan options and help you formulate a plan that is right for your and your family. Your attorney can help you through this process as well.
WHAT SUPPORT CAN I EXPECT FROM OPEN ARMS ADOPTION AGENCY?
We understand that the adoption process can be a vulnerable and challenging process to go through. We are committed to supporting you throughout your journey by maintaining clear and responsive communication, answering your questions, referring you to adoption attorneys and other community resources, providing emotional support, and making the application and home studies processes as efficient as possible.
WHAT HAPPENS IF AN ADOPTION PLAN DOESN’T GO THROUGH?
When an adoption plan doesn’t become finalized, this can be emotionally taxing for a waiting family. Unfortunately, this is a possible reality in the adoption process. Should prospective adoptive parents wish to continue with their adoption journey at Open Arms, Open Arms will meet with you to discuss options and next steps. In some cases, parts of the adoption process may not need to be repeated, and may make the process a little bit quicker. Together, we will discuss what is best for you and/or your family and go from there.