Recently our agency placed a sibling group of four children for adoption. We had a huge response to our need for families for these children and lots of support during this process. Who knew that a simple post on our Facebook page would have potential adoptive families inquiring about these children from many different places as far as Australia and The Philippines. Over several weeks, our staff worked together to find homes for these children and make decisions for each of them based on their needs. I am happy to report that we have placed all of the children with wonderful adoptive families.
Family to Family is a private, non-profit agency that specializes in making adoption plans for birth parents and adoptive families of mostly newborns. On occasion our agency will place an older child or a sibling group. In placing a sibling group or an older child, the adoption agency will require a current home study. What is a current home study? A current home study is a report completed by a licensed social worker approving the adoptive parents for adoption and the report is dated within the last year. If your home study is not current then you cannot be considered as an adoptive family for a child that needs an immediate placement. It is important to have and maintain that home study to be considered for an older child or sibling group placement for adoption.
There is a difference between a home study done for a domestic adoption and a home study for foster care. While we can use a home study for foster care, the adoptive family first needs to find out if their foster care agency is willing to release their home study to the adoption agency for placement of a child. Throughout the process of placing this sibling group, there were many inquiries from families where their foster care agencies were not able to provide the home study or informed the family that they could not take placement from another agency while providing foster placements. It is important if you are a foster family to find out if this is a possibility for you before inquiring on a placement.
Placement of an older child or sibling group through Family to Family is a voluntary relinquishment of parental rights. The birth parents have made a decision to make an adoption plan for their child in order to provide a life for that child that they cannot provide. This means that children that are placed through our agency do not come with monetary reimbursements or stipends. Adopting a child is providing a permanent home for a child and the adoptive family is responsible and willing to provide for this child as they would their own child. In the event of a placement through a private adoption agency such as Family to Family, in most cases there is a fee associated with adopting a child or a sibling group. To learn more about our fees, please feel free to contact us.
We are so appreciative to all of the families that inquired about the sibling group we recently placed. It is encouraging to know that there are so many families out there that are open to providing homes for children when needed. Thank you to all of you!