Christian Family Services

Adoption Program Overview

Adoption can be complicated.

At Christian Family Services, Inc., we understand the adoption process, though a hope-filled time, can also be overwhelming and confusing.

How does the adoption program work?

CFS is primarily an infant placing agency, only placing children born in the United States.  Our adoption program is “birth parent-driven.”  This means birth parents, if they so desire,choose the adoptive family for their child.  Once you have completed the application and homestudy process, we will advise you on preparing an Adoptive Parent Profile about your family.  It is from this collection of photos and biographical information that birth parents make their initial choice of adoptive parents for their child.

The length of your wait from the completion of your Profile to the time you are selected by birth parents can vary depending on many factors.  Most placements occur between five months and two years after the home study is completed.

How open will the adoption be?

There is a growing trend in the U.S. toward open adoptions with the birth and adoptive parents wanting some contact with each other before and after adoptive placement occurs.  At CFS, we believe open adoptions are ultimately in the best interest of the child, birth parents, and adoptive family,  However, in addition to fully open adoptions (birth and adoptive parents exchange identifying information and communicate outside the agency), CFS also completes adoptions that are semi-open (a meeting before/after placement, first names only are exchanged, and contact after placement only taking place through an agency).On occasion, CFS will complete closed adoptions (no contact between birth and adoptive parents, and any correspondence is handled through the agency).We do our best at CFS to match birth and adoptive parents by the degree of openness desired by both parties.

What can we specify about our prospective child?

You can specify your child’s nationality, ethnicity, or racial background, social history, medical status, as well as prenatal risk factors and whether or not you would be willing to accept a sibling group.

Can CFS complete Home Studies for Independent Adoption?

CFS can work with your attorney if adopting independently.  

 

 

 

 

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Webster Groves, MO 63119

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