AmericanKidz Adoption Process

   
 
 

Adoption can present many hurdles, but it doesn’t have to! AmericanKidz offers a full complement of legal, educational and counseling services to help you navigate the process.
The first step will be an office consultation with one of our staff during which we will begin to get to know one another. You will have the chance to explain your current family dynamic and how you see it changing.

Once retained, we will go to work for you. We will provide you with the tools you need to craft your adoption plan. Whether you wish to adopt an infant through a private adoption or adopt an older child through the foster care system we will be there to help you every step of the way.

The first step is to obtain a favorable home study. If you reside within the same geographic area of either of our offices a member of our professional staff will complete your required home study. If you live outside of this area we will assist you in retaining a licensed social worker or agency to perform your home study for you. During your home study, a social worker will visit your home and meet all members of your household. Our goal is to assist you in finding a child who will complement your family and adjust to your lifestyle. You will be required to submit to a criminal and abuse registry background check. You will be asked to provide personal and professional references and visit your doctor for a check up. (The whole process, although very thorough, sounds much worse than it actually is). The educational component of your home study provides you with a broad overview of the children who are available for adoption and helps you understand their medical, psychological, developmental, and educational needs. At the conclusion of this process, you will come away with a detailed, narrative that advocates for your family and opens the door of your home to the right child who best compliments your own personal parenting style.

Once a match is made, our social workers will take a personal interest in your birth mother. We will assist her in making doctor appointments, and in most instances attend these apointments with her. We request copies of all medical records and provide these records to you. We will help her to sort through her feelings. We help her set new goals and provide assistance with educational and vocational training. We conduct random drug testing to assure that she is taking proper care of herself and the unborn child. We help her find affordable housing and provide referals for community resources. We are there for her and for you for as long as needed. We also coordinate and attend meetings and telephone calls between you and your birth mother when appropriate and work with both you and your birth mother to craft a hospital plan that takes into consideration the feelings and emotional needs of all involved.

Our staff attorney provides all adoption-related legal services, at no additional charge including personal representation at all court appearances.

After placement, we will make visits to your home to evaluate how well you and your new child are adjusting to eachother. We will provide all required documentation of the adjustment process for the child’s state of origin. Furthermore, we will facilitate and coordinate necessary community resources to provide you with any needed support during the adjustment period.

AmericanKidz will walk with you through the entire adoption process, and advocate for you at every turn.