Frequently Asked Adoption Questions

 


Q: Do we need to retain our own attorney?

A: American Kidz Adoption Services will provide all the personal legal representation at adoption related court procedures. Our attorneys are partners in the company ownership and provide all legal assistance personally. Therefore, you become well-known to them from the beginning of your relationship with AmericanKidz.

Q: What is a home study?
A: A home study is a legally mandated first step in any adoption. This is a comprehensive personal interview with adoptive parents, and anyone living in the home. The purpose of the home study is to create a written document which will represent you in a personable and realistic way, and will be used to introduce your family to professionals who are seeking adoptive parents for children in need. The home study process highlights your personal developmental history, your relationships, interactions and experiences with children and your neighborhood. Home studies are performed by one of our owners or an appointed Licensed Clinical Social Worker. We will conduct the interviews in your home with the intent to approve it as a healthy and safe environment for children.

Q: When should we start a home study?
A: It is extremely important that the home study be started immediately! On average, American Kidz will perform the visit within two weeks, and have completed product a short time after. We take pride in provide thorough home studies with the quickest completion time in the industry. Most agencies charge an additional fee for this service. At American Kidz, the cost is included in our all inclusive low fee.

Q: Who should complete our home study?
A: Under no circumstances should you allow just anyone to complete your study. We are a fully licensed adoption agency with the expertise to provide a comprehensive home study accepted anywhere in the country. Most home studies are completed personally by one of our owners.

Q: I am single, can I adopt a child through your agency?
A: Yes! Our full services are available for single parent adoptions.

Q : Can military couples adopt?
A: Absolutely. The military life will not preclude you from adopting.

Q: I have a medical condition, can I still adopt?
A: Persons with medical conditions are assessed on an individualized basis. As part of the home study process, you have to have a medical statement from your physician. The medical statement asks your physician to sign that you are physically and mentally stable to parent a child. Every family who adopts completes this part of the process regarding their health. There are many people with special health considerations who have successfully adopted.

Q: How much paperwork is involved?
A: AmericanKidz is proud to have streamlined the paper trail for special needs adoptions.   You will be provided with one bound kit which contains all the necessary paperwork to adopt a child from anywhere in the United States. We are experienced and can guide you through a process which can certainly be overwhelming. We pride ourselves in clearing the path for you.

Q: What about background screening ?
A: AmericanKidz employs a full-time private investigator who is available to streamline the background clearances required by law. The process is easy and the cost for most background screening is already included in our one-time low fee.

For answers to any of your questions, please feel free to contact us. We are available twenty-four hours a day and will be happy to assist you.