We place children domestically with couples, and single men or women, based on the preferences of the expectant mother. Our team will guide you through the complexities surrounding the domestic adoption process.
We will ensure that your adoption is carried out in a safe, efficient, and sensitive manner. We strive to minimize anxiety for all parties throughout the process.
- 1. AGENCY CONSULTATION:
You will meet with our agency director and staff to learn more about the details of domestic adoption. You will begin to formulate your adoption plan with us, and become familiar with your specific role in the adoption process.
- 2. AGENCY APPLICATION & HOME STUDY:
Your mandatory home study can be completed by KidsFirst, a licensed social worker, or another licensed home study agency.
- 3. COMPLETION OF A PROFILE BOOK:
Expectant mothers will view every compatible family’s profile book to choose the family she wants to parent the child. This profile book is meant to tell a story about the adoptive family.
- 4. MATCHING:
Once your home study has been approved and your profile book has been completed, you are ready to be matched with a potential expectant mother.
At this stage, there needs to be a mutual level of comfort between the expectant family and the adoptive family. KidsFirst will help to facilitate this entire process.
- 5. CORRESPONDENCE:
Once you have accepted a match, you will begin your relationship with the expectant family. In some cases, it is necessary to provide financial support to the expectant mother. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
You may be invited to the hospital for the birth, or you might be asked to refrain from visiting. This is dependent on the wishes of the expectant mother.
We place children domestically with couples, and single men or women, based on the preferences of the expectant mother.
In most cases, the expectant mother is highly involved in looking through profile books and identifying an adoptive family of her choice. In other cases, she may prefer that the agency assists her with choosing a family.
TYPES OF ADOPTIONS
Families should consider their preferences in dealing with an open, semi-open, or closed adoption.
In an open adoption, identifying information is fully disclosed, and contact between the expectant family and adoptive family is frequent and continuous, depending upon the agreement made between families.
In a closed adoption, all identifying information is confidential, and there is no contact between the expectant family and adoptive family.
A semi-open adoption falls somewhere along this continuum, often allowing for an initial meeting between expectant and adoptive families.
CAN SHE CHANGE HER MIND?
Though KidsFirst does all it can to ensure that an expectant mother does not proceed with an adoption plan unless she is certain, things can change after the child’s birth.
In the state of Indiana, a birthmother has 24-48 hours after the child’s birth before she signs the finalizing adoption papers.
The time it takes for you to be matched with an expectant mother is dependent upon both her preferences and yours.
Adoptive families and expectant mothers have the freedom to determine their level of openness in the adoption, and you will only be matched with a mother whose preferences match your own. It is important, however, to note that many expectant mothers prefer semi-open adoptions. In most cases, this is considered a healthy choice for her, and for the child.
We ask our families to please consider the well-being of all members of the adoption triad when making their plan.