- How long does it take to receive a child?
Domestic Adoptions: While this is a reasonable question, it is also one which cannot be answered very clearly. Because the prospective birth family selects the adoptive family with whom they would like to place their child, there is little predictability within the selection process. Some families wait weeks once they enter an adoption program while others wait a year or more.Embryo Adoptions: The matching process is completed by the embryo program staff. Matching occurs when embryos become available that match a prospective adoptive family’s interests and dynamics. This process could take as little as a few months or up to a year or more.
International Adoptions: The timeframe for international adoption will be determined mostly by which country a family decides to adopt from. Most international adoptions take approximately one year to complete, with some countries taking much longer. An international agency should be able to provide information regarding a time frame for each country’s current process.
- How often do prospective birth parents change their minds?Domestic Adoptions: There are no guarantees in domestic adoptions. Prospective birth parents sometimes change their minds prior to placing their baby for adoption. We notice this occurring less often when an open relationship with a prospective birth family has been developed.Embryo Adoptions: In an embryo adoption, the embryos have been donated to the adoptive family prior to a medical transfer procedure. Following the birth of a child through a successful embryo placement, a formal adoption can occur.
International Adoptions: In international adoption, children who are placed for adoption have either been abandoned or the parental rights have been terminated within the country prior to placement with a family.
- Will we receive medical or family background information regarding our child?Domestic Adoptions: As much information as possible regarding the prospective birth parents’ medical and family histories are gathered and provided to the prospective adoptive family.
Embryo Adoptions: A great deal of medical and family information is gathered regarding the donating family and is provided to the adopting family.
International Adoptions: In international adoption, it is difficult to obtain medical and family background information. Most children are abandoned making it virtually impossible to obtain information. However, there are a few countries where families voluntarily place their child for adoption, and in these cases good medical and family background information can be obtained and provided to the adopting family.
- What are the costs involved for an adoption process?Domestic Adoptions: There are several factors which determine the total cost for an adoption. Variables such as legal expenses, medical bills, and prospective birth parent expenses can vary from one adoption to the next. Efforts are made to maintain a prospective adoptive family’s adoption budget.
Embryo Adoptions: There are several variable factors in an embryo adoption. Most of the variation occurs in medical costs. If an implantation is not successful, then medical procedures need to be performed again for another embryo transfer. The cost can depend on the number of attempts a family chooses to make in order to achieve a successful pregnancy.
International Adoptions: There are several factors that can determine the total cost of an international adoption such as country fees, foreign document preparation fees and travel costs. The cost of an international adoption varies greatly from one country to another.
- Do you have any advice about the adoption process?Adoption is a life-altering experience and should be approached thoughtfully. Perhaps the most helpful advice we can provide is to remain flexible, prepare for change, keep an open mind and stay positive.