The Adoption Process for Prospective Adoptive Parents in New York

You’ve asked yourself the important questions. All the necessary soul-searching is done, and you’ve thought long and hard about what the adoption process entails. You know you’re ready to adopt, and you can’t wait! Time to start the actual adoption process, and be one step closer to becoming a parent.

Adoption Choices of New York specializes in domestic infant adoption. We promote and encourage open adoptions, as we believe it holds the child’s best interest at heart and is beneficial for all parties involved. However, we also work with closed and semi-open adoptions. We do not discriminate with respect to age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, sex, disability or marital status and welcome people from all walks of life. If this sounds like something you’re looking for, keep reading to learn more about our adoption process for prospective adoptive parents.

Initial Contact

To officially begin the adoption process for prospective adoptive parents with Adoption Choices of New York, all you need to do is either give us a call or fill out our online form. One of our staff will be in touch by the next business day to answer any initial questions. Then, we will help schedule an orientation meeting, where you’ll get to discuss the fees related to the adoption process, and have any basic questions or concerns answered.

Home Study

This is a requirement for all adoptions. A child cannot be placed in a home without the family having an approved home study. All information for a home study is gathered through a social worker, who arranges one or more home visits to the prospective adoptive parents’ house. Everything is done according to state requirements.

From the home study application to completing the process, this segment of your adoption journey will take an in-depth look into your lifestyle, where you live, and what type of environment you’ll be bringing your new son or daughter into. The agency must ensure that your home is safe, and that you are the best fit for placement.

You will also explore what type of adoption you’re looking for. If you aren’t sure, be sure to ask for more details. There are three options: open, semi-open and closed. As the prospective adoptive parent, you’ll want to determine what works best for you and your family before proceeding too deep into the adoption process.

Adoptive Parent Profiles

Now that that’s all completed, it’s time for us to introduce you to potential pregnant women/birth mothers. What makes you tick, what motivates you, and why you’ve chosen adoption as a way to build your family. The way you do this is through creating an adoptive parent profile book. It will give the pregnant woman/birth mother insight into your life, and allow you to express yourself creatively. So be sure to have fun with it. Be as detailed as you can be! First impressions are everything. This is your time to shine. Your moment in the spotlight.

A profile book can be anywhere between 10-20 pages of stories, pictures and background information. Anything you think a potential birth mother would need to know about you and your family. For inspiration, we have a great resource on how to put together a great adoptive family profile.

The Adoption Process for Adoptive Parents

Once you’ve decided that adoption is the right choice for you, all you need to do is reach out to us to get your adoption journey started. We are here to lead you through the process, the ins and outs, and provide you with any and all important information. Our in-house adoption attorney, Casey DiPaola, and caseworkers are excited to hear from you.

Adoption Choices of New York

For more information on adoption or if you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact, Adoption Choices of New York.

Support Adoption Choices

CrowdriseAdoption Choices, Inc. is partnering with Crowdrise, a fundraising website for nonprofits, to help our adoptive parents and birth parents with much needed financial assistance. We understand that expenses keep clients from fulfilling their dreams. Both with birth parents making a plan for adoption, and with adoptive parents growing their family. It is our mission to provide financial assistance through grants and scholarships, awarded annually in November, in honor of National Adoption Month. Funds assist adoptive parents with matching and placements, adoption finalization and helping birth mothers improve their lives through higher education — and much more.

However, we can’t do it alone. Please read up on our programs and donate money where you are able. Your donation will make a huge impact.

About the Author

Rachel RobertsonRachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.

In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history with adoption, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Adoption Choices Inc.

When Rachel isn’t haunting her local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, she’s avidly pouring over her Writer’s Digest subscription or cozying up with a cup of tea and book. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.

 

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Sources:

“Adopting a Baby.” Copps DiPaola Silverman, PLLC, 18 Apr. 2018, thecdslawfirm.com/adopting-a-baby/.

“Michael Belfonte.” Kansas City’s Adoption Attorney, michaelbelfonte.com/how-to-make-a-perfect-adoption-profile-book/.

“Office of Children and Family Services.” OCFS, ocfs.ny.gov/adopt/.

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