Thank you for considering adoption! The first step to learning more about adoption and working with Inheritance Adoptions is to download the information packet provided on this website. Once you determine that you fit our qualifications and are interested in working with us, then please call our office to inquire if we are accepting couples at the time. The application is through an online service and you will be given a username and password to begin the application process. You will also be required to attend adoptive couple training that is offered on a quarterly basis and costs $200.00 to attend. Once the home visit is complete and you are approved, your profile will begin showing to prospective birth mothers.
Inheritance Adoptions work with a limited number of families at one time in order to provide the same standard of service to everyone; therefore, we sometimes find it necessary to maintain a waiting list.
Contact with Agency While Waiting
Contact with Agency staff during the waiting phase is limited for adoptive couples. Due to the agency’s ministry of supporting pregnant women our time is very limited. A couple waiting to be matched will be sent quarterly reports from agency staff. Otherwise, the agency will contact the couple upon being selected by a birth mother to schedule a match meeting. The Adoptive Couple Liaison is available for emotional support of waiting couples. However, it is vital that every couple has a strong support system to endure the waiting process.
Expectations of Future Contact
It is the belief of Inheritance Adoptions that open communication with the birth mother/father (if pro-adoption) is best for the child. IA expects that all adoptive families be willing to maintain future contact with birth family throughout the child’s life. All decisions are based on what is best for the child. Open adoption will be addressed during the adoptive couple training.
Cost of Adoption
Inheritance Adoptions believes in making adoption available to anyone with a desire to parent a child in need. Our placement fee is one of the lowest in the industry and is based on the tax benefits available. The cost is outlined in the fee schedule. We also have a Special Needs Assistance Program for those couples willing to adopt harder to place children.
Legal Issues of Termination
The birth mother of the child is not allowed to sign voluntary relinquishment papers until 48 hours after the child’s birth. The couple typically will begin caring for the child during the hospital stay and may even leave the hospital with the child before the 48 hour period is over. If the birth father is against the adoption, then the process becomes more complicated, but not impossible. The birth father can sign a Waiver of Interest before the baby is born or a Voluntary Relinquishment after the baby is born. If the birth father has not signed and we know where he is, then we can serve him papers letting him know that we are planning to terminate his rights. He has until the first Monday past twenty days of being served to file an answer to the court. If he does not file an answer, then we can proceed with the termination hearing. If he does file an answer, then we decide whether to proceed with trying to involuntarily terminate his rights. If we do not know anything about him or where he is located, then we will utilize the paternity registry to terminate his rights. Every case is different and legal issues are always unique to the case.
Waiting time for Adoptive Couples
One of the first questions a prospective family will ask is, “How long is the wait?” We are unable to give you an exact answer. Our process is not first come, first serve; rather, the needs of the child and the wishes of the birth mother take precedence. The more preferences you place on a child typically means the longer you will have to wait. Couples who do not have preferences typically do not wait very long. Remember, over this ministry’s history the vast majority of families accepted for service were blessed with a child to love.