If you are faced with an unplanned pregnancy and wish to make an adoption plan for your unborn child, you get to pick the adoptive family for your child (view families waiting to adopt by clicking here).
Birth parents should only consider qualified/approved adoptive parents for their child. All adoptive families must be approved by an authorized adoption agency or the courts in the State in which they live to be eligible to adopt a child.
As the birth mother, you can specify the characteristics that are important to you in an adoptive family. You can decide:
- The religion of the adoptive parents
- Type of family (two-parent family, traditional stay-at-home mom, two career couple, same sex couple, single parent, childless couple, multi-child family)
- Race of the family
- Education level of adoptive parents
- Age of adoptive parents
- Financial status of family
- Place of residence (city, suburban, rural)
- Any other characteristic important to you!
Once the adoption agency understands your preferences for adoptive families, the agency will present you with families who wish to be considered for the adoption of your child. You will typically receive family profiles from the agency for your review. From these profiles, you may choose a family or may request to meet two or three of the families before making your decision. After reviewing the family profiles and/or meeting with prospective adoptive families, you will make their choice. Again, like all other aspects of adoption, your choice of a family will not be influenced by the adoption agency, a counselor, your lawyer, a judge, your doctor, etc. The decision belongs to you!.
Every State has different requirements for the approval of adoptive parents. New York State has strict requirements for prospective adoptive parents. Any family planning to adopt a child must successfully complete a home study investigation conducted by an authorized adoption agency or licensed social worker. To qualify as an adoptive family in New York State, a family must successfully complete a home study investigation that includes the following:
- A interview by a qualified social worker face-to-face.
- A home inspection to ensure the safety of the home for a child.
- Child abuse and neglect history reviews from any state and country in which the prospective adoptive parents have lived as an adult. NO person with a history of child abuse, neglect or maltreatment will be approved as an adoptive parent. All approved adoptive parents have NO history of child abuse, neglect or maltreatment.
- Abuse and neglect history of persons with disabilities. NO person with a history of abusing or neglecting a disabled individual will be approved as an adoptive parent.
- State and federal criminal history reviews conducted by the New York State Department of Justice Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). NO person with a criminal history of violence or endangering the welfare of a child will be approved as an adoptive parent.
- Medical examinations for the prospective adoptive parents, minor children, and any adult household members.
- Autobiographies of the prospective adoptive parents.
- Verification of income, assets and liabilities.
- References from friends, clergy, co-workers, childcare providers, etc.
- Proof of birth and marriage.
- Adoptive parent questionnaires and surveys.
- Adoption training.
At the conclusion of the home study investigation, a family will either be approved as a prospective adoptive family or denied approval as adoptive parents. All prospective adoptive parents who are considered by a birth parent must be approved as adoptive parents at the conclusion of their home study investigation. A birth parent can be assured that any prospective adoptive family they wish to consider for their child is fully investigated and well prepared to parent a child in a loving and safe home.
Click Here to view Families Waiting and Wanting to Adopt with Family Connections, Inc.