Hi! We are Josh and Patty, and we are excited for you to read our profile and get to know us. We can’t begin to imagine what it is like for you making this difficult decision. We admire your bravery and the amount of love you have for your child. We cannot express enough gratitude to you for the chance to have our dream of being parents come true.
Considering Placing Your Baby for Adoption? Choose the “perfect” parents
If you have decided to move forward with an adoption plan, you may have a good idea about the kind of family or lifestyle you want for your child. Most expectant mothers want to choose, meet and get to know the adoptive parents in order to make the best plan for their baby.
To start, we’ll ask you to describe the kind of family you want for your child. Which criteria is most important to you? Perhaps you wish your child to be raised in a city, a suburb or a small town, or with a family of a particular faith, or with adoptive parents who have similar hobbies or share your beliefs and values or a college educated couple.
Once we know your preferences, we’re able to provide you with profile letters (and pictures) of our waiting families. Each family profile gives you a snapshot into the adoptive parent’s lives and may include information about their relationship, families, careers, hobbies, lifestyle and much more. For the next step, you’ll decide if you prefer to talk on the phone, text or meet the couple in person. Eventually, we’ll set up a “match meeting” for you to meet the adoptive family. Your “match” meeting will take place in a convenient location to you, and may be over lunch or dinner. Your adoption counselor will be at the meeting to support you.
The “match meeting” is an opportunity to begin to get to know the family. You’re able to ask them questions, and get a better sense of the kind of parents they will be. After that meeting, your counselor will ask you if you’re comfortable with your selection. In most cases, everyone walks away from that meeting with an increased sense of comfort and reassurance. You’re able to spend the next few weeks or months, getting to know the adoptive family better. You may decide to communicate through email or texts or even schedule another lunch or dinner. Some expectant mothers invite the adoptive parents to attend a prenatal visit or meet other members of her family. The amount and type of contact depends on everyone’s wishes, availability and geography.
There is no “one size fits all” in open adoption. You’ll be able to decide for yourself what kind of contact feels most comfortable. The relationship between you and adoptive parents tends to evolve as you move forward with your plan. During that time, you will continue to work with your adoption counselor who will support you throughout the planning process and after the placement, too.
All of our adoptive parents must meet strict state and agency requirements, including a comprehensive examination of their employment history, home, physical and emotional health, finances, and personal relationships. Criminal background checks are also required. Whichever family you choose, you will have peace of mind knowing your child will be raised in a safe, secure, and loving home.
In addition, adoptive families receive professional counseling and training to prepare them for the unique aspects of adoptive parenting. Educational topics vary but may include an explanation of the adoption process and benefits of open adoption, racial or cultural diversity training, and how to talk to kids, extended family and friends about adoption.
For several months after the placement, a social worker from the Adoption Center for Family Building will monitor your child’s development and how the adoptive family is adjusting. You, too, will receive support during the months following the placement.
This blog is provided by the Adoption Center for Family Building. A licensed Open-Adoption Agency in Illinois and Indiana. Free counseling for expectant parents is available 365 days/year. Call or text us for more information https://www.centerforfamily.com/contact-us/
We are KC, Alex, and Isaac and look forward to having the opportunity to meet you! We honor and admire your process as you consider making an adoption plan. We are a family of 3 living in Northwest Indiana with our two dogs Oscar and LuLu. Our son Isaac was adopted in 2020, and we can’t wait to see him become a big brother and help foster a connection that he and his future sibling can share with adoption as part of their journey.
I would like to begin with a very heartfelt thank you for making the courageous choice to consider adoption and for taking the time to get to know me. My name is Karen. In that spirit, I have long wanted to become a mom through adoption. I come from an extraordinarily loving and supportive community of family and friends and would feel very privileged to have the opportunity to give a child all the love I have received. I look forward to sharing visits to area museums, trips to the theater and Grant Park, and so much more.
We are Lindsay, Dan, Isaac, Eli, and Thea! Having been through adoption before, we know that this is not easy but can have a wonderful outcome for all involved. We have learned that every situation is unique, and we are happy to listen to your story and develop a relationship that feels comfortable to you. We are excited to start a new adoption journey, and we can’t wait to add to our family. It has been our greatest joy to become parents, and we have so much love to share with another child.