Adoptive Parents FAQs

Adoption FAQs

How many domestic infant placements do you do each year?

We average 30 to 40 infant placements a year.

How many waiting families do you have?

On average, we have 30 to 40 active waiting families at any given time, with a range of family openness represented. If needed, we would cap at 60 families and open a waiting list.

How long does a home study take?

Home studies take an average of 2 to 4 months, depending in part on how quickly a family completes their paperwork.

What is the wait time for a match in a domestic infant adoption?

The wait time will vary depending on a family’s openness and may be anywhere from a few weeks to 2 years. On average, our families wait 9 to 18 months for a match.

Can a birth mother change her mind after signing consents?

In the State of Florida, a birth mother can sign consents 48 hours after birth, or after her hospital discharge order has been signed. After consents are signed, there is no revocation period in Florida.

What is the average cost of an adoption?

A full fee schedule with descriptions is included in our information packet. Please call or fill out the contact form to request a packet today.

Is financial assistance available for adoption?

Families finance adoptions in many ways, including grants, loans, and fundraising. Families who work with ASC have free access to Your Adoption Finance Coach (link), a service that assists adoptive families in financially planning for their adoptions and connecting with opportunities for financial assistance specific to their situation.

What are the age requirements to adopt?

For ASC’s domestic infant program, the average age of the adoptive parents must be 50 years or less with neither spouse younger than 25 or older than 52. For international adoptions, the age guidelines are determined by each individual country’s requirements.

Do you accept single applicants?

For our domestic infant program, we accept a limited number of single applicants, on a case by case basis. For international adoptions, this is determined by individual country requirements.

Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to adopt?

For domestic adoptions, families residing in the U.S. must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. For international adoptions, at least one spouse must be a U.S. citizen.

Can out-of-state families adopt from ASC?

Yes, we accept applications from out-of-state families. Please call or complete the contact form to receive an information packet and to schedule your consultation. You will need to obtain an approved home study from a provider licensed in your home state. The Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) is the process that monitors a child’s movement across state lines. We will work closely with you and your home study provider to ensure that all ICPC requirements are met for both Florida and your home state.

Can Canadian families adopt from ASC?

Yes, Canadian families can adopt through our domestic infant program. ASC works with families from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan.  For more information, please call or fill out the contact form to request our Canada Information packet. 

I have an identified child in x country. Can ABSC help me adopt him/her or help me bring my child to the U.S.?

ABSC has years of experience helping families bring home identified children, including walking families through the USCIS immigration process for their adopted child. If you are adopting from a country where we do not have an established program, you will need to work with a Hague-accredited primary service provider for that country. Please call us and we would love to schedule a one-on-one consultation to discuss your family’s situation.

If I want to adopt from a country not listed on ASC’s website, can you help me?

Yes, ABSC can complete a home study and/or post-adoption reports for a Florida family working with a Hague-accredited primary services provider to adopt a child from any country. We can assist with immigration and dossier preparation as well as post-adoption services for non-Florida US families adopting from any country if they have a Hague-accredited primary service provider for that country. Please call to schedule a one-on-one consultation to discuss your specific situation. If you live in Florida, we can still complete your home study and help you find a primary provider.

I have a completed home study. Can I still work with ASC?

Families who have or are in the process of completing a home study with another provider can apply to join ASC’s waiting families. Please call or complete the contact form to receive an information packet and schedule a consultation, which is the first step.

I only need post-placement/post-adoption services. Can you help me?

We are experienced in providing post-placement and post-adoption services, including post visits and reports. Our counselors are trained in TBRI and take a holistic approach to post-adoption counseling, working with children and families. These services are available even if you did not complete your adoption through ASC.

Are your adoptions open adoptions?

The majority of ASC’s domestic adoptions are semi-open, with a range of communication occurring between adoptive families and birth parents both before and after placement. Typically, the adoptive family and birth parents do meet and get to know each other, but they do not exchange identifying information. The level of openness in your adoption will ultimately depend on what all parties are desiring and feel comfortable with, something your ASC counselor will help you navigate and plan.

My child or I was adopted through ASC. How can I find more information about my adoption?

We have experienced counselors in the area of search and reunion. Our team would love to speak with you. You can also register on the state Florida Adoption Reunion Registry.

More Questions?

For general contact, please complete the form below, and a member of our staff will get back to you to discuss further details.

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