As an Adoption Consultant with Christian Adoption Consultants I’m asked a lot of questions about the adoption process. Today I’m sharing the top 5 questions that families inquire about with the hopes of providing information to those who are interested in learning more about the process.
How do families afford adoption? The financial cost of adoption can prevent many from beginning the adoption process, but it doesn’t have to. “Where will the money come from? How will we be able to afford adoption?” At CAC you are never left to figure out things on your own, as we provide our family with a list of low interest/ no interest adoption loans, adoption grants and fundraising ideas that have assisted thousands of families in raising funds for their adoption. I could share story after story of God’s faithfulness in providing for our families.
How common are failed adoptions? Although Christian Adoption Consultants has a lower adoption failure rate (< 20%) than the nation wide failure rate (50-60%), there will always be some level of risk in the adoption process. When a woman is considering an adoption plan for her child, she is making one of the most difficult decisions of her life. Placing a child for adoption is a sacrificial and selfless act of unconditional love. No one can predict whether or not an expectant mother will change her mind. However, if you are living and breathing on this earth, then risk is inevitable. You can’t be immune to it; it’s a part of life. At CAC we walk with our families and assist them in navigating the warnings signs to reduce the levels of risks associated with the adoption process.
How long does it take to adopt? It depends on what route you choose to pursue adoption. On average families using Christian Adoption Consultants wait 6 months from the time their home study is complete until an adoption agency matches them with an expectant mother. Some families only wait a matter of days or weeks before receiving a match from an agency or an attorney, while others wait a bit longer.
Will our family be desirable to an expectant mother? Is our family too big? Are we too old? Are we too young? Every expectant mother is looking for something different in an adoptive family. There is no such thing as a “perfect family.” Although it can be tempting to let fear drive families away from pursuing adoption, I always remind them that God works through the details including the specifics about your family!
What’s the difference between working with CAC versus just one agency? Christian Adoption Consultants is not an adoption agency, rather we are an adoption consulting service. An adoption agency is a licensed organization that works with both adoptive and birth families in placing children in homes. No agency is exactly alike but a generalization of their services are as follows: providing home studies for families pre and post placement, providing support for expectant/birth mothers pre/post placement, and matching adoptive families with expectant mothers. So what does CAC do and how do we help families through the adoption process? Here are a few things to consider:
Multiple Agency Networking– Families utilizing our services are able to work with multiple agencies at one time. We strictly vet our adoption agencies/attorneys and situations to assess risk for our clients protection. In addition to our vetting procedures, we help assess the risks and warning signs of every situation that crosses their eyes.
Education & Guidance– There is so much more to the adoption process than just the act of adopting. There is a lot to be learned along the way. At CAC we are committed to providing adoption education and resources for our families. From understanding open adoption, positive adoption language, risks in adoption, communicating with expectant/birth mamas/families, protecting your child’s story, educating other family members-we are supporting, encouraging and guiding you from beginning to the end!
Personal Advocate– With CAC you will never feel like just another number. Our families have direct access to us via email, phone and text. We are here for our families every step of the way. Walking through the adoption process is filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, delays, disappointment, excitement, joy, sadness, etc. It is such an honor to guide families through their adoption journey and it’s a privilege we do not take for granted.
Experienced Professionals– Christian Adoption Consultants is one of the largest, oldest, and most experienced adoption consulting firms in the world! We have been around since 2006 and since that time have assisted families with over 3,000 successful adoptions. Our team consists of adoption professionals that hold degrees ranging from masters to bachelors in the counseling, social work, child welfare and human services fields. Because we work as a team at CAC, you not only receive guidance from your adoption consultant, but you also have access to the resources and experience from our entire staff! Between all team members we have 120 years combined professional adoption experience.
***If you are interested in learning more about adoption and the services we provide at Christian Adoption Consultants, I would love to chat! Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out Christian Adoption Consultants for more information!***