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The Adoption Process
THE ADOPTION PROCESS
Types of Adoptions
It is important to understand the adoption process. Our goal as adoption attorneys is to education, guide, and set reasonable expectations for you. Adoption can (and probably will) be very stressful and confusing in the beginning. If this is your first adoption, you are probably overwhelmed and are not sure what to do. If you would like to hire Infinity Adoption Center, the first step is to complete our questionnaire and preference sheet. After completing our forms, please send them back to us with a copy of your most current homestudy, two hard copies of your "look book", and one electronic copy of your "look book".
Once we know your preferences, we can start showing your book to expectant mothers who match your criteria.
We look forward to welcoming you to our family and are very excited to meet and work with you!
Types of Adoptions
There are many different adoptions and our Adoption Attorneys have experience in all of them.
Direct Placement- The birth mother personally chooses a family and the child is directly placed with that family. This differs from an agency adoption, were the child is placed with an agency who selects a family.
Interstate Adoptions ("ICPC")- ICPC adoptions occur when the birth mother and the adoptive parents live in different states. ICPC is a process in which the state where the child is located (sending state) has to approve the placement of the child with the adoptive parents. Once that state approves it, they send the approval to the other state (receiving state) who then must approve the placement. Once both states approve the placement, the child is free to travel outside of the sending state with the adoptive parents and the adoption may continue to proceed accordingly.
Relative Adoptions- A child may be adopted by someone who is related to the child within the 5th degree.
Step-Parent Adoption- A child may be adopted by a step-parent if the other parent consents, or has not supported or parented the child for two years prior to filing.
Guardianship Adoptions- A guardian may adopt a child but first needs permission from the Circuit Court to begin.
The average time for an adoption depends on the type of adoption.
Direct Placement- Approximately four to six months from beginning to finalization.
ICPC- The ICPC process can take up to 30 days; however, we have been able to get ICPC approval in two days!
Relative Adoptions- Approximately three to six months depending on the county.
Step-Parent Adoptions- Approximately three to six months depending on whether a termination hearing is required or not.
Guardianship Adoptions- Approximately three to six months depending on the county.
In order to have your family shown to birth mother's, we need the following items submitted to us:
The Information Form
An electronic form of your "Look Book"
These fees are an estimate and actual fees may vary. We do expect that none of our adoptions will exceed $27,000.00 total.