Thank you for considering adoption!
Your first step is to carefully read all of the information provided on this page to learn more about adoption and what it’s like working with Inheritance Adoptions. Once you determine that you fit our qualifications and are interested in working with us, then contact us to see if we are accepting new couples. We 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.
From there, we will provide you with an online application and you’ll be required to attend adoptive couple training which is offered on a quarterly basis. Once your home study is complete and your application is approved, your profile will begin being shown to prospective birthmothers.
Costs 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.
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 birthmother 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.
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 birthmother 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.
Legal Issues With Termination
The birthmother 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. The agency can typically utilize the paternity registry to terminate Birthfather rights. However, every case is different and legal issues are always unique to the case.
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.