When you begin searching for people who want to adopt, you are not just looking for an adoptive family — you are looking for the perfect family who can provide the type of life you want your child to have.
With an extensive screening process, personal matching process and opportunities to get to know adoptive parents in person, A Child’s Hope can help you find the family that is right for you and your baby.
A Child’s Hope works with individuals and couples looking to adopt infants throughout North Carolina. The people who want to adopt a baby through our agency come from all different backgrounds and have many different reasons for choosing adoption. Some are young couples adopting after struggling with infertility, while others are single parents looking to adopt a newborn.
All of the adoptive families that work with A Child’s Hope are thoroughly screened by our adoption counselors before they even create an adoption profile. This means that all of the waiting adoptive families you see on our website:
Because all of our waiting families are safe and ready to adopt, you can feel at ease knowing that any parents you choose for your baby will be able to provide the stability, love and opportunities you want for your child.
With so many families who want to adopt, finding adoptive parents may seem overwhelming at first. Your adoption counselor will be there to guide you through each step of the process and ensure you find adoptive parents who can provide the life you envision for your child.
As you search for the perfect adoptive parents for your baby, your adoption counselor will walk you through the following steps of the adoption process:
After your adoption counselor has had some time to get to know you, your circumstances and your adoption plans, she will begin searching for adoptive families whose adoption goals and preferences are a good match for yours. When she has identified potentially compatible families, she will show you their adoption profiles. In the meantime, you can also start looking at our website to see if there is a particular family that you are interested in.
The adoption profile includes a variety of family photos and text descriptions of each family, their home, personalities, interests, lifestyles, thoughts on parenting, and more.
You will have an opportunity to look at these waiting families’ profiles in print and online. In addition to their adoptive parent profiles, most families also have a strong presence on social media by creating their own Facebook pages, YouTube videos and Pinterest pages to help you get to know them. We suggest that when looking at their websites, you also click onto their social media sites to learn more about them.
As you review adoption profiles, you may find that certain adoptive parents stand out to you. You can choose an adoptive family to move forward with based on a number of factors, including:
As you consider potential adoptive parents for your baby, you can ask your adoption counselor for more information about them, their adoption plans and goals. When you have found a family you would like to get to know better, your adoption counselor will help prepare you for a match meeting.
Your adoption counselor will arrange a match meeting for you and the waiting family you choose based on their adoption profile. Your counselor will help prepare you for the meeting and will be there with you to help guide the conversation and make sure everyone is comfortable.
The match meeting gives you an opportunity to ask the adoptive family questions and get to know them better. The meeting is usually held at a restaurant in your hometown or nearby, and the adoption counselor is present to help guide the conversation. If you like the adoptive family after meeting them in person, you can choose to move forward in an official match, and the family’s profile won’t be shown to any other expectant mothers. Almost all match meetings result in a “match,” with the adoptive parents and the birth mother feeling good about the meeting.
Once you are in an official match with an adoptive family, you will have the opportunity to develop whatever kind of relationship you want to have with them for the remainder of your pregnancy.
If you choose to have an open adoption with the adoptive parents, you can keep in touch with them through phone calls, emails, and even in-person visits until you deliver. Your adoption counselor will be available to help mediate this relationship and provide the advice and guidance you need to build a strong bond. Some birth mothers ask the adoptive parents to come to prenatal visits and the hospital.
If you choose semi-open adoption, all communication between you and the adoptive parents will come through the agency during the pregnancy and over the years. You can keep in touch with letters and pictures and, if you desire, in-person visits.
After your baby is born, you can continue your relationship with the adoptive family for years to come. A Child’s Hope offers post-placement services to help facilitate your open or semi-open relationship long after the adoption process is complete.
Some women who contact A Child’s Hope do not need help looking for adoptive parents because they have already found a family to adopt their baby. This is known as “identified adoption” or “designated adoption.”
If you are pursuing an identified adoption with a family you already know, you may still want to work with an agency to complete the adoption process. Aside from the matching process, A Child’s Hope can provide the other services and emotional support you need to make a successful adoption plan. You can work with our adoption counselors to get the financial assistance, contact mediation, legal assistance and post-placement services you need to complete the adoption process.
Any family that you want to adopt your baby has to have a home study in order to have a child placed with them. A Child’s Hope can complete the home study for the couple you choose, and as an attorney, the agency director can work with them or refer them to a competent attorney to finalize the adoption.
A Child’s Hope can not only provide the services you need as you are looking for a couple to adopt your baby — we can also provide the emotional support and other adoption services you need to feel confident and happy with your adoption decision. Contact A Child’s Hope today to learn more about our waiting families for adoption.