There are infants in need of adoptive parents in the United States. You can adopt a child in a reasonable amount of time through a domestic adoption agency. The wait ranges on average from one year to three years depending on your preferences.
Adoptive Parents Receive Information on Birth Parents
In domestic adoption, agencies gather history from the birth parents so the adoptive parents can make informed decisions on cases presented to them. Information obtained may include:
- Birth Parent Medical History
- OB/GYN Pregnancy History
- Legal Situation
- Social History
- Family History
- Mental Health History
- Drug and Alcohol History
- Hobbies and Interests
Contact with the Birth Family Can be Open or Closed
Adoption Bridges of Kentuckiana allows you to decide what level of contact you want with the birth parents. Your profile will be shown to birth parents who are seeking a level of contact you are comfortable having. You can create a contact agreement with the birth parents before the baby is born. Adoption Bridges of Kentuckiana requires that adoptive parents agree to send pictures and letters to birth parents during the first three years of the child’s life. However, we ask that you send the photos and letters to our agency so that we can forward them to the birth parents.
Adoptive Parents Don’t Have to Travel Far
Generally there is less travel for adoptive parents involved in domestic adoption. That can reduce total expenses. When the adoptive parents reside in the infant’s birth state there are fewer travel costs associated. Adoption Bridges of Kentuckiana is licensed to serve birth parents and adoptive families in Kentucky and Indiana. Adoptive parents can choose to consider accepting placement of a child born in either state. If the child is born in a state other than their state of residence, adoptive parents must travel to the birth state and stay for a period of time depending on the regulations or laws of the infant’s birth state. Adoptive parents may incur additional expenses for hotel and meals during their stay in another state.
You Can Benefit From Working with an Agency
Adoption is an important life decision. Any time you engage in a life-altering event, you benefit from using professional services. You use professionals for their expertise and experience. If you have complicated taxes, you hire an accountant. While your family doctor may be a very skilled physician, you would have a surgeon perform your appendectomy. The same is true of adoption. In the adoption process, you will need a professional with the experience and expertise to walk you through your adoption journey. When you choose to work with a licensed adoption agency, you have assurances and security that you would not have otherwise.
- A liaison between you and the birth parents
- Support and advocacy for adoptive parents
- A counselor for your birth parents
- Professionals marketing your profile
- Reduced risk of disruption