Frequently Asked Questions
Answers from Our Compassionate Texas Adoption Agency
Whether you are a
prospective parent or if you are a
birth mother looking for answers, Cradle of Life Adoption Agency in Texas is here to
offer supportive help when you need it most.
To discuss your particular situation,
communicate with our agency for free. We have over 25 years of experience and are dedicated to help you.
Frequently Asked Questions from Adoptive Parents
How long does it take for a baby to be placed with us?
Generally 9 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 birthparents, when
possible. We also attempt to obtain testing for HIV, STD's, and illegal drugs.
Who exactly are you working for?
We are always focused on the child's best interest, in ever case. Matching
children with a caring home is Cradle of Life Adoption Agency’s
How does adopting through an agency compare to adopting through an attorney?
Licensed agencies are able to provide more services to adoptive parents
and birthparents. Non-licensed individuals involved in the adoption process
may be committing a crime in Texas when they match a couple and a birthmother.
They may also be committing a felony in Texas if they provide the birthmother
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 birthmother 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. This
is subject to change. The home study fee is $2,500.
Questions from Birth Parents
What if I'm not sure whether I want to place my child for adoption?
Contact us, we’ll discuss your options, answer your questions and help you
make an informed decision. You won't be contacted unless and until
you are ready. Your contact with us will be strictly confidential.
When should I contact the adoption agency?
It is never too late or too early. If your child is already born, we can
work with you on an accelerated basis to make your adoption plans. If
you have just learned you are pregnant and want to explore your options,
we can provide you with information to help you make your decision.
Should I call an adoption agency or place my child directly with someone
I locate myself?
Cradle of Life Adoption Agency can provide many more services for you than
individuals in the adoption process. It is illegal in Texas for non-agencies
to provide you with any financial assistance, such as housing or other
living expenses, regardless of how much assistance you need.
Families who apply to adopt with Cradle of Life Adoption Agency must successfully
complete a thorough screening process. You will have the confidence that
your child will be placed with a stable, loving family.
Individuals who advertise in the paper or who might be a friend of a friend
may not have been thoroughly investigated. Sometimes you can't "judge
a book by its cover." The investigation may reveal things that could
be very important about the stability or character of someone, which isn't
readily apparent otherwise. You are entrusting someone with your child.
You deserve that level of confidence.
Do I get to choose the family for my baby?
Yes, you may review "profiles" of various adoptive families to
assist you in your decision.
Can I meet the family?
Yes, if you desire. The time of the meeting will depend on the adoptive
plan you and the agency develop.
Can I have contact with my child after the adoption?
Again, yes, if you desire. The extent of the contacts, and whether you
want letters, photos, or actual visits, will depend on the adoption plan
you and the agency develop.
What if I change my mind?
We want your decision to be made when you are ready. You will not be allowed
to sign any permanent legal papers until your baby is at least 48 hours
old. That means you have at least two days to consider your decision.
Once you do sign, it is permanent and irrevocable.
Do my parents have to sign anything in order for me to place my child for adoption?
No, not unless they have had actual legal custody of your child.
Will I have to appear in Court?
No, unless in the rare occasion the birthfather has attempted to disrupt
your adoption plan
When will my child actually go to the new home?
In most cases, immediately upon discharge from the hospital.