Why choose AdoptionWorks to grow your family?
We are thrilled that you are considering adopting a child into your family, and we would love to assist you through the adoption process. At AdoptionWorks, we know adoption can be a very emotional time for all families involved. We want to provide you with the personal guidance needed in order to make the best choice for you and your family.
We care about your family.
Adoption is a journey with special joys and unique challenges for all who are involved. When a family comes to AdoptionWorks, they can expect to be provided with personalized guidance focusing on what is best for their family. We want to provide your family with the support necessary to ensure your family adjusts healthfully.
We are a Christ-centered agency.
The mission of AdoptionWorks is to place children with loving and supportive Christian families. We want to ensure our birthparents that their child will be placed with adoptive families that are actively involved in their church community.
For over forty-five years, we have served children and their families.
Since opening our agency in 1967, we have placed over 800 children into loving adoptive and foster families.
What to expect.
Each couple interested in adopting a child and learning more about the adoption services provided by our agency is invited to an orientation meeting. There they can learn more about our policies and procedures involved in the adoption process. Should the adopting couple wish to pursue the adoption process with AdoptionWorks, they will complete and return the application packet received at the orientation.
The Educational Process
If your family desires to proceed with the AdoptionWorks program, you will be given books and materials to familiarize yourselves with all aspects of adoption. These include information about the vulnerabilities, needs, feelings and desires of birth parents, adopting parents and adoptees. You will also be able to attend an Adoption Education Seminar. This can help your family grow in your ideas and attitudes toward adoption with other adopting parents, adult adoptees and birth parents. We hope this educational process will help your adoption planning and subsequent parenting to be much more rewarding.
The Home Study Process
Each family member will participate in a series of interviews, together and individually. These interviews are designed to meet and exceed state licensing requirements. A minimum of one visit must take place in your family’s home.
The Matching Process
When an adopting couple has been selected by a birth mother, you will participate in one or more “match meetings.” These meetings allow each party to get to know one another. Discussions will focus on each person’s desires surrounding the child’s birth, the time of placement, and contact following the placement.
The Placement Process
The placement process begins when a birth parent relinquishes parental rights to a child and the child is placed with an adopting couple. A ceremony is held to honor the child, the birth parent(s) and the adopting parents. Most of all, it is a time to give thanks to God for His direction in each life touched by the adoption plan and to seek guidance for the new parents as they raise their child. During the next six months, post-placement supervision occurs with an adoption counselor. Once this has been completed, the adopting family must consummate the adoption in the court of law.
Post Adoption Services
AdoptionWorks provides on-going services to those who have chosen our agency for placement. These services may include facilitating on-going contact with a birth parent, or providing counsel to parents as they are confronted with adoption issues while parenting their child.
We also host free support groups for adoptees ages 5-18 and their birth parents. These groups are open to any adoptees regardless of which agency facilitated the placement. Visit our Post Adoption Support Groups page to learn more about these free groups.
Where are the children that are placed through your agency coming from?
Children placed through AdoptionWorks are primarily from birthparents in the Dallas metroplex. These birthparents are from a variety of ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. At this time, we are only placing domestic adoptees.
What if my adopted child has emotional or behavioral issues once they are placed with us?
Typically, if you are adopting an infant, any mental health or developmental issues will appear as your child gets older. AdoptionWorks staff will help prepare you for what this journey may look like. We have a variety of family programs and services that help the relational and emotional journey of post adoption. We will always be able to provide you resources and referrals to help address issues that your family is experiencing throughout your child’s life.
How is the adoptive family chosen?
Once birthparents are ready to choose a family, they will look through a profile book created by the adoptive family. The birthparents will decide which adoptive family they would like to meet. Once the birthparents choose to meet a family, AdoptionWorks will facilitate a Match Meeting between the birthparents and adoptive parents to ensure these families will be a strong match.
How much should I expect to pay during this process?
AdoptionWorks fees are competitive with other local domestic adoption agencies in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Fees will be explained in your family’s initial orientation meeting.
How can I learn more about becoming an adoptive parent?
If you would like to learn more about adopting, fill out our contact form or call us today at 972-960-9981. We will set up a meeting to discuss the adoption process and answer any questions you may have.
Our next adoptive parent orientation is Friday, March 31, 9 AM – Noon. There is a $50 registration fee. Call our Adoption Case Manager Christin Paradowski to register at 972-960-9981 ext. 111.