How long does the process take?
The initial process can take from three to four months to a year.
Are there any fees for me to adopt?
Basically the adoption process is free, yet there are small minimal fees required for the fingerprinting process. See Applewhite Adoptions List of Items Needed for further information on fingerprinting fees.
Do I get paid to adopt?
There is no payment for adoption. Yet, there are subsidies granted by each state. Refer to the National Council on Adoptable Children’s Website (NACAC) https://www.nacac.org/help/adoption-assistance/adoption-assistance-us/ for further information.
Please not Applewhite Adoptions does not guide, set or advise on adoption subsidies.
How long does it take to finalize?
The finalization can take anywhere from 3 months to 6 months, based on the incoming State’s Guidelines.
Will I have to hire my own attorney?
Applewhite Adoptions will secure an attorney for the adoption, yet all families are welcomed to secure your own personal attorney. Please note most non-recurring fees-fees set by each state to assist families with travel, attorney’s fees, etc., to be reimbursed after finalization range from $1000.00-$2000.00 (rates vary from state to state)
Will I have to complete visits to the child’s home state?
Often times the initial visits occur in the child’s home state, with follow-up visits occurring at the home of the families'. All dates, times and visits are at the discretion of all parties involved, please note that in most case the incoming state gets the final say in determining the visits specifics. Most states will work with and consider special circumstances (availability, family issues and collaboration).
What type of issues will I have to deal with?
All inquiries made regarding children in child welfare, will submit for families' knowledge a complete profile, summary, and child inventory study that reports medical, social, emotional and behavioral history of the child, the child’s birth family and other relevant information. Please note that several states will require a child inventory check list be administered to the families for completion prior to matching.
Applewhite Adoptions will be responsible for reading and summarizing the main issues and behaviors. Applewhite Adoptions will require the Child Inventory Study be read and signed upon completion to ensure clear understanding of the child’s behaviors and/or issues are clear, and further questions, comments or concerned can be asked prior to or during the matching process (phone conference).
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