Domestic Adoption Frequently Asked Questions
Do we/I have to be Catholic?
No. Members of any faith or denomination are welcome to adopt through Catholic Charities. We require only that prospective parent(s) have a sense of spirituality and be active participants in some organized religion. Catholic Charities believes that the healthy development of children requires attention to their physical, psychological, intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth.
Is it possible to adopt a baby domestically?
Yes, it is possible to adopt domestically, but the process now requires a high level of involvement and commitment on the part of the adoptive family working collaboratively with the agency.
Are both infants and older children available for adoption?
Yes, but because older children (3+ years) are usually in the legal custody of other agencies, our staff work collaboratively with these agencies to facilitate the placement of older children.
How much time does it all take?
Although no agency can guarantee placement, on average adoptive parents can expect to wait two years before a child is placed in their home through domestic adoption. Following the placement, they can expect to then wait approximately six months before the legal process of adoption is finalized.
How much does domestic adoption cost?
Catholic Charities offers a sliding scale fee that is based on a family’s income and assets. This fee generally ranges from $8,000 to $25,000. The homestudy is a separate fee of $2,000. These fees allow Catholic Charities to provide intensive case-management outreach and counseling to birthparents and adoptive families.
What is a homestudy?
A homestudy is an important first step in the adoption process, and it is required by law. The homestudy is a report on the adoptive parent(s)/family and is compiled after a series of interviews both in the offices of Catholic Charities and in the home of the adoptive family. The homestudy process is generally completed within a few months. Many topics are discussed during the homestudy, including your family history, education, parenting skills, and relationships. Your social worker also addresses your thoughts about adopting a child, as well your questions, concerns and expectations.
Is the birthfather’s consent required?
It is always desirable to have the consent of both birthparents in the adoption process, and Catholic Charities works hard to secure the consent of the birthfather. In those instances where a birthfather is not involved, a Probate Judge must decide the direction of the adoption.
Can the birthparent(s) change their minds?
There is a period of several weeks after the birth of the child during which the birthparent(s) may change their mind(s). It is the social worker’s responsibility to keep the adoptive couple fully informed of the legal status of the placement. The homestudy will provide you with complete information about the legal process of adoption.
Do birthparent(s) provide their medical histories?
Yes, we require that medical histories be as complete as possible and we accept as our responsibility that all information be shared with prospective adoptive parents.
What type of relationship will we/I have with the birthparent(s)?
The extent of contact between birthparent(s) and adoptive parent(s) varies. Your social worker will work with both parties to establish a comfortable level of contact. Most often it includes the exchange of letters and photos on a predetermined basis.
Do we/I need an attorney?
Within the State of Connecticut the adoption process does not require the assistance of an attorney. Catholic Charities is a licensed child-placing agency and as such is able to properly attend to the details of all necessary legal documents with the Probate Court regarding the adoption process.
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