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FAQ For Adoptive Parents

How long does it take for a baby to be placed with us?

Generally nine to 18 months from approval of your formal application, although, in some circumstances it can happen much faster.

Can the birth mother change her mind about the adoption?

Yes, she can change her mind until she signs the relinquishment paperwork. This usually happens 48 to 72 hours after the child is born, once those documents are signed she can no longer change her mind.

What can I know about our child?

In many cases, quite a lot. We attempt to obtain a thorough and comprehensive health, social, education, and genetic history on the birth parents, when possible. We also attempt to obtain testing for HIV, STDs, and illegal drugs.

Who exactly are you working for?

We are always focused on the child's best interest, in every case. Matching children with a caring home is Cradle of Life Adoption Agency's top priority.

How does adopting through an agency compare to adopting through an attorney?

Licensed agencies are able to provide more services to adoptive parents and birth parents. Nonlicensed individuals involved in the adoption process may be committing a crime in Texas when they match a couple and a birth mother. They may also be committing a felony in Texas if they provide the birth mother with any financial aid, other than necessary medical and legal expenses. Generally, there is less financial and emotional risk for the adoptive couple when adopting through a licensed agency. When working with Cradle of Life Adoption Agency, they will continue to facilitate the relationship between the birth parent, adoptive parent, and child throughout the child's life.

Can we specify the sex of the child we adopt?

You must be willing to accept either gender. It may be normal to want a particular sex just as you may have that wish if you first learned you were pregnant, but if your birth mother chooses you, we don't put her in the position of having to choose another family if she gives birth to the other sex.

What does it cost?

Please contact us for fee information. The fee is partly based on the birth parent's need for housing, counseling and medical treatment.

Are there any other prerequisites to becoming an adoptive family?

In order to protect and best serve the child, we have a rigorous screening process that you must pass to be on our adoptive family list. This process includes background checks, a financial records check, vet records checks, medical screenings, home studies, adoption training, newborn training and full interviews. While this sounds like a lot of work, we walk you through every step of this process to make it as easy as possible to pair children with their future families.

What's the difference between a closed, open and semi-open adoption?

As you are adopting your child, you may wonder what it means to be entering into an open, semi-open or closed adoption. This simply refers to how much communication will occur between the birth parents and adoptive parents. Open adoptions typically involve frequent and direct communication between both sets of parents; closed adoptions offer little to no communication between the birth parents and adoptive parents; and semi-open adoptions meet in the middle, with some communication, which often occurs with the adoption agency as the "middleman."

How do I know if the birth mother is healthy?

We understand your concern about the birth mother's health, as it may impact the child. Our adoption agency offers mental, physical and emotional counseling for all birth mothers as a measure to protect both themselves and the baby. When anybody's health is at stake, we take proactive measures to get birth mothers the support they need.

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It costs nothing to reach out to our adoption agency with more questions about the adoption process. Reach out to our Beaumont office by calling 409-698-0638, we are available 24/7.

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