The Process of Adopting a Child in the United States
ASC was founded in 1980 committed to providing competent and compassionate service to birth parents and adoptive families. We are deliberate, attentive, and engaged in all facets of the adoption process.
We seek to comprehend your needs and desires. We recognize that adopting is an emotional and exciting time, therefore, we make ourselves available at any time to take your calls or meet with you either in-person or via a video call. We are at your full disposal during and after the adoption process. To ASC you are not just a case or a file, you are a family with an open heart looking to share your love.
In addition to traditional domestic infant adoptions, in which a family is matched with an expectant mother, Adoption by Shepherd Care also works with many families in situations that fall outside of our traditional domestic program. Some families only need a home study, while others may already be in contact with an expectant mother when they come to us.
ASC is a child-placing agency licensed by the state of Florida and is equipped to help with most domestic adoption scenarios.
The Adoption Process
ASC works with married couples throughout the United States and Canada and welcomes families of any racial, religious, or ethnic background. Couples must be married for at least one year, and their average age must be between 25 and 50 years with neither spouse’s age exceeding 52 years.
Starting the Process
The first step in the domestic adoption process is to schedule an individual confidential consultation, during which an ASC staff member will meet with you either in-person or by phone to educate you on the domestic adoption process. This is the time in which you get to know our agency and we get to know you, so we can both determine if we are the best fit.
The family will complete a home study and a profile with biographical information and pictures for expectant mothers to view, as they choose a family for their child. Birth parents often choose a family during pregnancy. The wait time to adopt is dependent on many factors which are discussed in detail during a consultation.
In Florida, a birth mother may sign the legal documents to place her child for adoption 48 hours after the birth of the child or when she is discharged from the hospital—whichever is first. There is no revocation period after signing these documents in the state of Florida. In many cases, the child can be placed in the adoptive family’s care upon discharge from the hospital or soon thereafter. The adoptive family will have meetings with their adoption caseworker during the 90 days after the placement of the child in their home. ASC’s attorney will then collaborate with the family to complete the necessary documents to finalize the adoption.
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