Couples investigate adoption through our agency due to infertility, inability to carry a pregnancy to term, when pregnancy is inadvisable due to health risks or same sex couples eager to become parents. We have been able to help couples build their families for decades through open adoption.
Our expectation, and also that of our birthparent clients, is that there will be direct contact prior to and following placement. We ask all couples to embrace this practice in preparation for adoption. It is the birthparents’ option to request a closed placement.
Interaction between birth and adoptive parents during the time preparing for placement is the most significant in building success for all parties. This is the time when a birth family can build trust and confidence in the decision to place.
We cannot in any way minimize the pain or life impact of the decision to place a child for adoption. We ask adoptive parents to be prepared to empathize and understand in measure the depth of this loss. Our commitment is to guide you through this before, during, and after.
Studies and modern adoption practice have shown the multitude of advantages of open adoption to all involved. To prepare you for this exciting journey, we are involved in education, guidance, and experienced support for all of our adoptive parents.
The majority of our placements to couples are healthy infants, newborn to age one year. On occasion we are asked to find a family for a young child.
- Adoptive Placement Services
- Preparation and Education
- Birthparent Counseling and Support
- Homestudies: Independent, International, Relative and Stepparent Adoptions
- Help for the Lifelong Issues of Adoption
Cindi Fuller, MSW, LMHC is an experienced child and family therapist providing counseling and homestudy services with an emphasis on bonding and attachment.
Adoption Support and insurance payment accepted.
Experience points to some general realities about the adoptive parent journey. We request that heterosexual or same sex couples meet the following criteria:
- Be between the ages of 28 and 45 and in good health
- Married at least three years
- Reside in Washington State or Inland Northwest area
- With the exception of Resource families, no more than one child in the home
- Have stable emotional, physical, mental, marital, and financial health
We seek to be good stewards of prospective adoptive parents’ emotional and financial resources. Therefore, if proceeding with our agency is not a good fit for you, we will attempt to provide direction or a referral to other adoption services.
Once approved, a couple’s family portfolio enters a waiting pool from which our birthparent clients select the parents for their child. Birthmothers may be early in the pregnancy, due momentarily, have just delivered, or have been parenting and find a need to seek adoption. Here is a step-by-step look at the process.
- Initial screening
- Homestudy file preparation
- Two-day educational seminar
- In home visit
- Pre-Placement report
- Portfolio preparation
- Waiting Pool
- Post Placement period, visit and report
Legal process consists of two steps, Relinquishment of birthparent rights and Finalization by adoptive parents. Our agency attorney, an Adoption Specialist, completes all legal work and filings are through Spokane County Superior Court.
Birthparents rights are relinquished to the agency following the birth and placement of the child with the adoptive family.
Finalization of the adoption occurs after the completion of the relinquishment, post placement visit and report. At that time the agency gives over full custody to the adoptive parents. Our agency attorney becomes your attorney at this time to maintain the continuity of the process and minimize costs to you.
With proper financial planning, adoption can be an affordable option for many families. Here are a few commonly used resources available to prospective adoptive parents.
Employee Benefits Program
Many companies and organizations offer benefits such as leave or financial assistance to their employees who are adopting. Your employee benefits office will be able to tell you if your company participates.
IRS Tax Benefits – Adoption Credit and Adoption Assistance
Tax benefits for adoption include both a tax credit for qualified adoption expenses paid to adopt an eligible child and an exclusion from income for employer-provided adoption assistance. Please check with your tax-provider for advice on your eligibility for this credit.
Adoption Benefits for Military Personnel
Military service members who adopt a child under 18 years of age may be reimbursed qualified adoption expenses. More information is available on the National Military Family Association website.
Domestic, International, Relative, Step-Parent Adoptions.
An adoptive homestudy process is the preparation, education, and evaluation of perspective adoptive parent(s) for adoption. The homestudy may require a pre-placement report and/or post placement report depending on the type of adoption. With non-infant or older child adoptions, counseling before placement and after the child is home in a therapeutic role to facilitate the transition and bonding is available.
• Initial intake and screening
• Gathering of required forms, references, criminal and child abuse clearances, medical /counselor reports, and documentation
• In home visit(s)
• Pre-Placement Report
• Post Placement visit(s) and report(s)
It is our responsibility to evaluate an individual or couple’s motivation to adoption and their overall stability. This informative time investigates the physical location and family members, and offers a time of education and preparation on potential issues that could arise from the adoption, i.e. understanding and acceptance of cultural or genetic differences, bonding and attachment.