Adoptive Parent Services
Adoptive Parent Services
Some children are adopted directly from their birth parents using the services of either an adoption attorney or an adoption agency to ensure that all legal requirements are met. With this type of adoption, the birth mother can choose the adoptive parents and can decide on how much contact she will have with the adopted child and his or her new family. Adoptive parents will be told whether the birth mother wants an Open, Semi-Open or Closed adoption before accepting a match. Private adoptions include Identified Adoptions, in which adoptive parents find a birth mother through their own search.
Some children and adopted by their stepmothers or stepfathers. Other children are adopted by their aunts, uncles or grandparents when one or both of their birth parents cannot take care of them. These adoptions also have legal requirements that must be met.
When a child was previously adopted out of the foster care or international adoption system and the adoption has not worked out, these adoptions are called Secondary Placements. We at Lowndes & Barrett offer secondary placement services, to help place the child in a new home.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What services does Lowndes & Barrett provide adoptive families?
How long does the adoption process usually take?
What are the different types of adoption?
A birth mother will ask us to make arrangements to place her child, without ever knowing about the adoptive family. There is no contact between adoptive parents and birth mother, both before and after placement. Closed adoptions are becoming increasingly rare.
A birth mother will select the family and will determine how much contact she wants before placement. This will often consists of emails, phone calls and visits with each other. After placement, contact will continue through letters and pictures, which may be direct or through the agency or attorney’s office.
An open adoption is the same as a semi-open except there is more direct contact and more information, such as last names, are shared. An open adoption most always involves some form of visitation, whether once a year or more often.
If the birth mother and adoptive parents do not live in the same state, the adoption must meet all of the requirements of the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC). ICPC requirements must be met before the adoptive parents can return to their home state with the child, which is why it is important to use an experienced adoption attorney to make sure ICPC is properly followed.
When a child was previously adopted out of the foster care or international adoption system and the adoption has not worked out, we look to place the child in a new home. Not all firms offer these services but we at Lowndes and Barrett do specialize in secondary placement services.