What Is Adoption?
After the adoption is approved by the court, you will receive an official decree and a birth certificate with your name listed as the parent.
It is your responsibility to feed, clothe, house, and educate your adopted child. The adopted child should receive the same love and understanding as a child born to you.
Who Are The Children?
Waiting children are often of school age and emotionally, physically, and/or mentally challenged. Over 90 percent of the children are African-American. Some are brothers and sisters who need a home together. The children may currently live in foster homes, group homes or residential treatment facilities. All deserve a family.
Infants and children from other countries can be adopted through private agencies.
Who Can Help?
Private and church-sponsored agencies: These agencies charge fees on a sliding scale, based on your income and ability to pay. Each agency has rules for applicants and may have special programs for placing infants or children from other counties. These agencies may be contacted for information about their requirements and services.
Other: There are also several adoptive parent groups which provide information and support. Some offer classes that examine and address various aspects of the adoption experience.
What Is A Home Study?
How Do You Learn About The Child?
If you and the worker decide to proceed, arrangements will be made for you to observe the child without the child’s awareness of your presence.
The next step may be to meet the child and spend some time together. There may be numerous visits, including some overnight and weekends, before the child comes to live with you permanently.
Is Financial Help Available?
What Is Risk Placement?
What Happens After The Child Is Placed?
A child is not legally adopted until a judge says so. A court hearing will be held before a final decree of adoption is entered. Your social worker can tell you the specific procedures in your jurisdiction.