An open adoption is the most common process for domestic adoptions today. You can pick your adoptive family, meet them, and decide the type of contact you will have in the hospital and after the baby goes home to the adoptive parents. The level of contact between the birth parents and the adoptive parents can be negotiated and we will do our best to make sure it is a good match.
It is our belief (backed by research) that open adoption is healthier for the birth mother, child, and adoptive parents. The level of contact can vary greatly, but we do not offer a completely closed adoption.
Partially open adoption
The level of information exchanged between the birth parents and the adoptive parents can vary greatly and may be only partially open rather than fully open. This is more comfortable for some birth mothers and adoptive families. We will assist you in negotiating the terms of contact throughout the child’s life.
Adopt from foster care
If adopting an older child is what you are looking for, there are many older children who need safe, loving families right now. Adoptive parents may be able to obtain an adoption subsidy. This means they can continue to get financial support from the agency, even after the adoption is finalized. The amount of an adoption subsidy is determined individually for each child. The board rate or subsidy is not a salary for the foster or adoptive family and is tax-free.
The process of adopting a child through the foster care system will vary based on each individual child’s history and situation. Some people think that because there is a shortage of adoptive families for older children, becoming an adoptive parent happens quickly. There are too many children who have experienced the tragedy of abuse and neglect, so we do need many competent adoptive families. However, the children need us to be careful about who become adoptive parents because we don’t want the children to be hurt any more. The licensing/ training process will take from two to three months depending on the flexibility of your schedule to attend training sessions as well as your promptness in completing necessary paperwork.
How soon a child is placed with you depends upon a number of factors. For example, if you are willing and able to adopt older children, brothers and sisters, or younger children with medical problems, you probably will be able to have a child placed with you more quickly.
Learn more about these children by visiting Texas Adoption Resources Exchange or Heart Gallery of Central Texas.