What types of adoption are available at Families First?
1. Adopting a child from the U.S. foster care system
2. Adopting an infant in the United States
3. Adopting a child from another country
4. Adopting a relative’s child
How much does it cost to adopt?
There is no one-size-fits-all cost for adoptions. The total cost of adoption depends on several factors and varies for each family. Some factors include: the type of adoption, the agency you work with, the state in which you live, attorney fees, annual income and any necessary travel expenses.
Range of adoption costs
- Foster care adoptions: $0–$2,500
- Licensed private agency adoptions: $5,000–$40,000+
- Independent adoptions: $8,000–$40,000+
- Intercountry adoptions: $7,000–$30,000
How long does the adoption process take?
On average, the adoption process takes 1-2 years. But it depends on a number of variables, including whether pre-adoption classes are required, how long it takes to complete your homestudy, and how long it takes to find the right child for your family.
How do I begin the adoption process?
The adoption process begins with an inquiry. At Families First we receive several calls, emails which lead to conversations that take place between an interested family and our staff. Upon that inquiry, interested parties may be asked to participate in an adoption orientation or IMPACT Training class. There is also necessary paperwork that will need to be completed before the homestudy can begin.
What is a homestudy?
A homestudy is an in-depth assessment which involves in-person interviews, observations, reference checks, background checks and home visits. Homestudies are not standardized; they follow state regulations and may vary from state to state. The average homestudy, including verification submissions can take anywhere from three to six months to complete.
I am single. Can I adopt a child?
Yes! Many people think you have to be married in order to adopt and that isn’t the case. You can be single. You can be married. You can be in a committed relationship. As long as you meet the requirements to apply for adoption, Families First is happy to help you along your adoption journey.
I am gay. Can I adopt a child?
Yes! At Families First we strive to provide all members of our community with the option to become parents if they want to. We are proud to offer our services and support to members of the LGBTQ community interested in adoption.