FOR PROSPECTIVE PARENTS

OVERVIEW – ADOPTING A CHILD

Adopting an infant is a labor of love, but it doesn’t have to be difficult! Caring Adoptions facilitates matching parents with children to create families.

Caring Adoptions has been finding families for children since 1991 and will work with you to understand your family’s needs and match you with a child. Caring Adoptions is one of the more cost efficient adoption agencies in Texas. We offer a monthly “Adoption 101 orientation“, free of charge, to introduce you to the adoption process. Or, if you prefer, you can schedule a one-on-one appointment with us.

Caring Adoptions believes a family is defined by love, and the capacity to love, nurture and support a child. We support adoption by traditional couples, same sex couples and singles. There are no religious requirements.

Caring Adoptions Is Unique—Our Staff and Board are Adoptive Parents

The Founders and some of the Staff of Caring Adoptions are Adoptive Parents.  Staff members together have four domestically adopted children.  The Caring Adoptions Staff not only can tell you about domestic adoption, they can share their experiences and understand your concerns and needs.

Services for Adoptive Parents:

Whether you have made the decision to adopt or are just beginning to evaluate adoption options, Caring Adoptions is here to help.  Caring Adoptions provides Adoptive Parents:

  • Birthmother options and efficient case management
  • Guidance by a caring and experienced Staff
  • Home Study documentation
  • Parent education
  • Legal resources
  • Support activities
  • Counseling
  • Post-placement supervision

COST OVERVIEW

Caring Adoptions was founded on the premise of facilitating adoptions at the lowest possible cost and continues to operate at one of the lower costs for domestic adoptions in Texas for Adoptive Parents.  Unlike most agencies that “cost average” to cover all contingencies, we pass through only the actual expenses of their Birthmother to Adopting parents.

Working together, the Birthparent Case Manager and the Birthmother develop a financial plan approved by the Adoptive Parents to be followed during the assistance period allowed by Texas Department of Family and Protective Services standards.  This ensures that only agreed upon and necessary expenditures are paid out.

Where possible, Caring Adoptions pays expenses directly to the service provider rather than giving cash to the Birthmother.  This is important to control expenditures and ensure that the Birthmother receives the agreed upon services.

Birthmothers are assisted in obtaining Medicaid, Food Stamps and other social benefits to which they are entitled.  This further reduces the financial risk to Adoptive Parents and provides security for the Birthmother after the completion of her Individualized Adoption Plan.

When you select Caring Adoptions as your agency, you will receive information in your application packet that will contain a detailed list of adoption costs.

THE ADOPTION PROCESS

Caring Adoptions takes the confusion out of adoption. As part of Caring Adoptions’ mission, we work to identify and educate prospective parents.  Adoptive Parents are introduced to domestic adoption in our free “Adoption 101” information sessions for prospective Adoptive Parents. As an alternative, you can choose a one-on-one consultation with Caring Adoptions’ Family Coordinator.

Caring Adoptions offers open, semi-open, and closed adoptions, as well as designated adoptions.  Regardless of the type of adoption or location of the parties, Caring Adoptions works with you to manage the full adoption process. Interstate adoptions must be approved through the Interstate Compact for placement of children in both states.  The Staff of Caring Adoptions has extensive experience in case management, which includes meeting Interstate Compact requirements and coordinating with agencies or adoption attorneys in the corresponding states.  Caring Adoptions works with both the Birth Family and Adoptive Parents to meet legal requirements in both states.

DOMESTIC ADOPTION OVERVIEW

A domestic adoption results from Adoptive Parents being matched with a Birthmother living in Texas or another state. The Adopting Family may be in attendance or at the hospital during the birthing process if the Birthmother wishes. In most instances, the child is initially placed with the Adoptive Parents directly from the hospital. In special situations, the child may spend a short time in “Cradle Care” with a foster family verified under Caring Adoptions’ license.

Caring Adoptions can match prospective adoptive parents with a Birthmother enrolled in our program, or prospective Adoptive Parents can locate their own Birthmother. Prospective Adoptive Parents find Birthmothers through networking, advertising, or working with out of state attorneys and birthparent-matching organizations.

Caring Adoptions is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and handles Domestic Adoptions in Texas.  If both the Adopting Parents and Birthmother are located in Texas, Caring Adoptions facilitates the entire adoption process.  When only one party is located in Texas, we work with licensed agencies or adoption attorneys in the corresponding state.

Below are some of the items that Caring Adoptions can assist you with.

Negotiated Adoption Options: Options for families adopting domestically vary. Adoptions can be open, semi-open, closed or designated.

  • Open — Complete identifying information exchanged; on-going contact both pre- and post-placement
  • Semi-open – Some identifying information shared; meet either pre-delivery or at hospital; direct communication following placement as discussed between both parties; on-going exchange of pictures and letters, usually through the agency
  • Closed – No identifying information shared; no contact before or after adoption; no on-going information of child shared
  • Designated – Birthmother independently selects Adoptive Parents

Home Study: All adoptions must begin with the preparation of a home study. Caring Adoptions prepares all documentation necessary for a domestic adoption in the State of Texas. The home study, a basic document of adoption required by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, must be completed before placement can occur. Caring Adoptions closely follows Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Minimum Standards for the home study process, including joint and individual interviews by a licensed social worker during the visit to your home.

Birthparent Documents: Caring Adoptions will prepare Birthparent documents, secure the signature of the Birthmother on relinquishment documents and addresses Birthfather rights. The agency then follows through with the termination of parental rights in the Texas Family District Courts.

Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children – Adoptive Parents in Texas: An additional requirement is necessary if an Adopting Family resides in the State of Texas, and the adoption involves a child from outside the State of Texas. In these circumstances, Caring Adoptions will handle all requirements of the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children.  Each state has a monitoring agency for interstate adoptions and Caring Adoptions has experience in meeting the respective state requirements.

Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children – Adoptive Parents State Requirements Outside Texas: If the Adoptive Parents reside outside the State of Texas and the adoption involves a Texas Birthmother, Caring Adoptions will coordinate the placement of the child with the Adoptive Parents along with completing Texas’ and the receiving state’s Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children requirements.

SUPPORT SERVICES

The learning never stops! Parent education sessions are a regular part of Caring Adoptions’ adoption process. These sessions prepare prospective parents for the arrival of their child and offer support to parents following that arrival.

Sessions offered include:

  • Baby 101 (infant care)
  • Counseling
  • Child Development
  • Adoption Journey
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Teratogen
  • How to handle adoption-related issues of adopted children (such as, “Where did I come from?” and “My ‘real mother’ would buy me that!”)

Peer interaction is a way to connect our families who have been created through the adoption process.  Peer interaction events include:

  • Summer Event
  • Holiday Event
  • Post-placement support groups
  • Pre-placement support groups

FAMILY TESTIMONIALS