Because we believe that every child deserves a loving family, we have created a consulting program designed specifically for families who desire to make themselves available to adopt children with special needs or who are difficult to place because of their age (children 3 and older or sibling groups).
Many of these situations come up within the foster care system, but we have seen an increase of the number of special needs situations from adoption agencies and attorneys. It is our desire to be a resource to families whose heart is for special needs adoption and to be a resource to agencies seeking families for special needs adoption situations.
We define special needs as any medically diagnosed disorder requiring long-term care or major intervention such as Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, HIV, and heart problems requiring surgical intervention. (We do not consider drug/alcohol exposure in this category unless it is documented as very severe.)
We are including adoption of children age 3 and older in our special needs consulting program because of the likelihood that these children will have emotional and behavioral issues and the frequency of RAD, ADHD or Autism occurring in older child adoptions. Older child adoptions can appear in agency/attorney adoptions when the biological family is no longer able to care for a child that they have attempted to raise. They can also occur when an adoptive family has entered into an adoption (often an international adoption) and has come to the place where they do not feel able to care for and parent the child they have adopted. This is called an adoption disruption.
If you are open to adopting a child with special needs or an older child and you do NOT want to pursue healthy newborn situations, this program may be the perfect fit for you.
Families in our special needs consulting program will not apply to agencies in the same way that our regular domestic consulting program families do. If you choose this program, you will complete your home study and profile so you are ready when a special needs situation arises. Your consultant will notify you directly when they are contacted by an agency that has a need for families open to these special children. You will have the full support of a consultant to walk you through the adoption process.
Our fees for the special needs consulting program are reduced by 25% on the top three packages listed on the Client Agreement and Disclosures.
Our fees for this program are reduced by 25% on the top three packages listed on the Client Agreement and Disclosures.
We are honored that you are considering the adoption of children with special needs, and would be so blessed to partner with you on this journey.
Special Needs Program Director