Adoption Options is committed to offering comprehensive non-judgmental services to all those touched by adoption. We will walk with you step-by-step no matter where you are in the adoption journey.
In addition to infant and older child adoption, we offer the following services:
- Adoption Complaint Investigation (ACI) Relative Adoptions
- Identified Adoption
- Birth Parent Services
- Home Studies
- Post-Placement Services
- Search and Reunion Services
- Counseling, Support Groups, and Training
ACI’s are required for step-parent or family member adoptions and is similar to an adoption home study. An Adoption Options social worker will conduct one visit to your home and prepare a report to the court in conjunction with your attorney.
Our Adoption staff can provide prospective adoptive families and birth parents with support and adoption assistance even when they are not matched by our agency but rather are already familiar with each other. We will provide you with a completed a home study, prepare and execute legal consent documents, serve as hospital liaisons, and facilitate post-placement adoptive services for both the birth and adoptive families.
Adoption Options counselors provide birth mothers and birth fathers with FREE one-on-one confidential, non-coercive, non-judgmental counseling. A licensed social worker will meet with you to discuss your available options and walk you through the decision-making process. Your counselor will support you in making the best decision for you and your child—whatever that decision may be.
If you decide to make an adoption plan, your counselor will provide information and guide you through the adoption process. Your counselor will work with you to tailor the adoption plan to meet your needs, and the needs of all involved, especially those of the child.
An Adoption Home Study is a detailed report written by a licensed social worker. It is a requirement of the state, which serves to determine the appropriateness of adoption for your family. The home study process includes several visits to your home, details about your family background, motivation to adopt and financial stability. It also requires personal, medical, and employment references as well as background checks.
It is also a time in which you can gain a more comprehensive understanding of the complex issues surrounding adoption. Although, this process can seem invasive for a family, but is also a time of joy and excitement as you anticipate expanding your family. As you share details of your life and background, we ask that you be open and honest so we can help facilitate a successful adoption placement.
The average timeline for completion of the home study report, from the time we receive your adoption application is about 3 months.
Following New Jersey State regulations, a licensed social worker is required to visit any family placed with a child within 14 calendar days of initial placement. The primary purpose of the visit is to ensure that everyone is adjusting well to the placement and that the child is happy, healthy, and safe.
After the first visit, your social worker will be conducting bi-monthly (monthly if the child is over 5 years old) visits for at least 6 months. At each of these visits, your social worker will continue to make note of how everyone is adjusting: how relationships and roles have changed within the family, how siblings are reacting, and how other friends and family have viewed the adoption. Your social worker will also want to see medical records, ensuring that developmental milestones and medical needs are being met. In addition, there will be questions about child care, attachment and bonding, school or day care adjustment, discipline, and the family’s daily routine.
During your supervision period, Adoption Options can provide you with a list of adoption attorneys in New Jersey. An attorney may be necessary in assisting you through the finalization step. One court hearing, at least 6 months after placement, will be necessary to finalize your adoption. We can work with your attorney on generating the reports and gathering the necessary documents for this hearing.
In either an open infant or older child adoption, once the judge signs the judgment of adoption, your adoption is finalized! Although your adoption is final, we are still available to assist you in any way possible; whether, it is a referral to an adoption support group, attachment therapist, or assistance in establishing and continuing an open relationship with birth parents.
Adoption Options provides search and reunion services to adoptees who were adopted through our agency or birth parents who placed a child through our agency. Our fees are based on the service requested. We can provide background information and/or perform a search. Reunion with birth families can be a very positive, healing process, but it is also fraught with emotion. Adoption Options is ready to assist in whatever way we can to help make the journey a rewarding one.
We provide monthly support groups for birth mothers and our older child families. Training is provided for our prospective adoptive families.
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