How to Adopt a baby

Adoption will change your life forever. Being responsible for another life will help you grow as a person. The adoption process is an emotional experience, but one that also involves a lot of paperwork and legalities. It may seem overwhelming at first, but we equip our clients with proper knowledge and understanding of each process, in order to make the adoption as smooth as possible.

Before Adoption:

Before beginning the adoption process you need to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I ready to take on the responsibility of adopting a baby?
  • Do I have the necessary financial resources to raise the baby?
  • Am I emotionally and physically capable of looking after the baby?
  • Can I provide a loving and secure environment to the baby?

You need to honestly examine all the reasons for choosing adoption as it will be a permanent decision that requires a lifelong commitment.

Types of adoption:

The next step will be to choose the type of adoption. If you wish to adopt a baby, we offer the following adoption plans:

  • Domestic adoption
  • International adoption
  • Interstate adoption
  • Targeted adoption

Each adoption plan has different characteristics, time periods and costs.  Our experienced counsellors will explain all options available to you and help you determine which one suits your family best. We encourage adoptive parents to have an open approach to adoption and resist the temptation to narrow the group of birth mothers they are willing to consider.

Get a home study:

All prospective adoptive couples must undergo a home study before being eligible to adopt. A home study is an extensive investigation of your ability to parent a child. Heartfelt Adoptions is licensed to perform home studies for families residing in the State of Florida. This report will include;

  • Home inspections
  • Background checks
  • Relationships and social life
  • Financial position
  • Parenting experience

Our goal is to make the home study a valuable learning experience and to help prepare you for the challenges of parenting a child.

Make your Adoptive parent profile:

We highly recommend that you make a parent profile. It is an important determining factor in your selection. The purpose of the profile is not only to share information but to paint a picture of what life would be like for the child in your family. It will give the birth mother a chance to learn about you and be comfortable in placing her child into your family.

Wait for the Call:

This is the hardest of all steps in an adoption. Patience is the key to success in this stage. It is important to keep your mind occupied and carry on with daily activities. We encourage the adoptive parents to utilize this time in preparation for the child’s arrival and to keep a positive mindset.