Newborn Infant Adoption Process
Many adoptions occur when adoptive parents conduct their own advertising and the birth parent contacts the adoptive parent directly, through the advertisement. After a rapport has been formed an agency and attorney become involved to make sure the rest of the process is legally conducted. Though, some agencies still spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to locate prospective birth parents for prospective adoptive parents on a nationwide scale and are effective. Fees are relatively high because of the scope of the advertising.
Grace Adoptions is committed to finding good, stable families for children who do not have families. We will also help families find children when the families want to become involved in the process, rather than paying large fees and waiting for the phone call from the agency.
Grace Adoptions will advise you regarding your advertising and marketing efforts towards prospective birth mothers, provide you with a toll-free telephone number that rings on Grace Adoptions’ staff cell phones, conduct the initial telephone screening for you when calls come in, and then direct you to re-contact the prospective birth mother after that screening occurs.
If you want to continue the process after talking directly with the prospective birth mother, Grace Adoptions staff will meet with the birth mother to confirm her pregnancy and conduct a social and medical history interview, according to Arkansas law. Grace Adoptions staff will then share with you, in a non-identifying manner, the relevant information regarding the prospective birth mother. If you still want to continue the process then Grace Adoptions staff will arrange a meeting with you, the prospective birth mother, and Grace Adoptions staff all present. After that meeting, all parties will have time to think about whether they want to take the process further. If all parties do, then Grace Adoptions begins to make sure the prospective birth mother receives all the medical and social support she needs to bring her pregnancy to term. This may involve providing transportation, counseling, and other types of services. These services will have been identified during the previous meetings.
When labor and delivery occur, Grace Adoptions staff is at the hospital with all parties and interacts with the hospital staff and administration to ensure that the process continues according to all parties’ wishes. The birth-mother and baby are usually discharged separately, the baby being discharged directly to the prospective adoptive parents.
Grace Adoptions is the temporary guardian from the time of birth until the order of adoption is issued. The adoption hearing will be heard in Faulkner County where the Grace Adoptions office is located.
For an outline of the fee schedule for the adoption process, please contact Grace Adoptions.