We know that each birth parent is concerned about who the adoptive parents will be for their child. You want the best family for your child!
At Georgia Agape, you will have options available to help you get to know the adoptive family and make the decision that is right for you. YOU CHOOSE THE ADOPTIVE FAMILY.
We think you'd like to know a little bit about the screening, evaluation and training process our adoptive families go through at Agape. Not every family who applies to adopt is approved. We have strict standards because we know that is what our birth parents want. You need to have confidence in our ability to provide you with a list of strong families to choose from to adopt your child.
We will be glad to answer any questions you may have about this process. By way of initial information, the following is what we do in the screening, evaluating and approval process.
Consistent with our agency’s mission, we only work with Christian families for adoption. Once our families apply to adopt, we determine if they meet our initial qualifying criteria. If so, we then have them come to an orientation and training session where many issues regarding adoption are presented.
In our training sessions, we cover such topics as:
♦ One's readiness to adopt.
♦ Understanding birth parents and their perspectives and needs
♦ The value and merits of openness in adoptions.
♦ What we consider important and core issues related to adoption.
♦ Our adoptive families also hear from various speakers, including
birth parents who have placed children for adoption, adult adoptees
and adoptive parents who have already adopted a child.
After the training sessions, we then schedule adoptive parents into the process of having an adoptive home study completed. This is the investigative/evaluative process that determines if a family will be approved to adopt. The following information is attained through a series of interviews: their backgrounds, character, emotional stability, marriage and family life, parenting abilities, understanding of adoption, finances, health, home and neighborhood and the type of child they would like to adopt. A criminal records check is done, a physical exam is completed and references are received from friends, extended family members, employers and church leaders.
We spend a substantial amount of time helping our adoptive families understand the feelings, needs and perspectives of birth parents. They understand the love you have for your child and have great compassion and respect for you.
As a birth parent, you will be given the information you need about an adoptive family as you make your choice of who will raise your child. We want you to feel good about this decision and be at peace with it.
Caution: Dangers of Finding Families Online
Reasons why NOT to choose an adoptive family through a website:
- It’s hard to know who is “out there” on the internet. Are they really who they say they are?
- Who is protecting you if you look online for an adoptive family without any assistance? You benefit greatly by having someone advocating for you.
- How do you know what to ask the adoptive parents to be sure you know them well enough to make a decision?
- Can you depend on the commitment of an adoptive family online who says they will help you financially? Is it even legal in their state?
- What if you change your mind and don’t want to make an adoption plan after you engaged an adoptive family?
You Can Depend on Agape’s Help
You don’t have to approach this process by yourself. We are here to help! We can tailor the adoption plan around your preferences and desires. We make this process so much easier!