If you or someone you know is looking to adopt an infant, D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s can help. There are not a lot of infant adoptions that take place each year, but we can help you with the process of adopting an infant.
A family interested in adopting an infant has to first complete a family assessment. Once the family assessment is completed and the family profile is ready, many families will wait several months to several years for an infant to be placed in their home. The agency strives to have approved families from a variety of backgrounds available to every birth parent who is choosing adoption for their child. D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s cannot guarantee the placement of a child in every approved home.
Adoptive and birth parents are offered a continuum of openness in their adoption relationship including confidential, semi-open and open adoption. Contact with birth parents can take the form of meetings, phone calls, pictures or letters, both before and after the adoption. Most birth parents and adoptive parents prefer some degree of openness in their adoption relationship. It is rare that D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s facilitates a traditionally closed, or confidential, adoption.
Once a child is placed in the adoptive home, the agency provides post placement supervision and support. Free and confidential counseling services are available to individuals considering adoption for their child and their families. If the parent(s) choose adoption for their child, the agency will support them in choosing a prospective family based on written profiles and picture albums. The agency also provides counseling, prior to release or consent and for a minimum of one year following release or consent. Financial assistance for special circumstances is available to prospective birth parents on a limited basis. All birth parents are empowered to consider some degree of openness in their adoption plan.
D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s will work with married couples who are stable and emotionally and physically healthy. Single applicants will also be considered. Adoptive parents need to be able to provide a loving and secure home to an infant and also need to be open to building and maintaining a relationship with a child’s birth family.
Our fees vary depending on the number of services we provide. You may request our current fee schedule by speaking with someone in the Infant Adoption Program. We can also give you information on the adoption tax credit, which can help offset adoption expenses. We strive to keep our fees affordable.
The Infant Adoption program at D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s works with attorneys that facilitate adoptions. The Infant Adoption program also works with persons needing an independent family assessment completed for domestic or international adoptions. The services that we can provide include family assessments, counseling with birth parents, adoptive family education, post placement supervision, and support and consultation on adoption issues.
If you are interested in finding out more about our Infant Adoption Program, please call 616.451.2021 and ask to speak with someone in the Infant Adoption Program.
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