Are you interested in adopting? The basic adoption process at FCCA is outlined below. Please keep in mind that this is a very general outline of the process. If you want more specific information about your situation, please contact us at your convenience.
This free, informal meeting provides general information about waiting children, the agency, and how to get started with a home study. At the end of the meeting, families will be given the opportunity to fill out an application and sign up for the next stage of the process. A phone call to the office will let you know the date, time and place of the next Information Session. These dates are also listed on this site. Just click the "Contact Us" tab and then select the branch office in your area.
The presence of children at the Information Session or any of the classes is inappropriate due to the subjects being discussed. In addition, seeing children can be distracting and often intensesly painful for couples experiencing infertility. So although FCCA loves children, no child under age 16 will be permitted to remain at any of the meetings or classes. Thank you for your understanding and strict compliance with this policy.
ADOPTION PREPARATION CLASS 1:
A prerequisite to the home study, this is the first of four classes which prepare applicants for adoption of waiting children. Usually run by volunteer leaders in an adoptive family's home, this is a relaxed session where applicants have a chance to ask questions about the home study process and basic adoption information.
PANEL OF ADOPTIVE PARENTS:
One or more adoptive families will share their experiences and information about their adoption. This may be offered as a separate class or as part of another class such as Information Session, or Adoption Preparation Class 1 or 2.
The family meets with the Interviewer and together they determine whether FCCA can help them find the child they would like to adopt. If the answer is "yes," the family receives fingerprint forms, a list of documents to obtain, and a list of paperwork to complete. They also sign our Adoption Services Agremeent. To view a sample of our FCCA's International Adoption Services Agreement click here.
The Connected Child Book and Questions: All families are required to read the book "The Connected Child" and turn in answers to a set of questions prior to assignment of a social worker to compelte their home study. This book takes an in-depth look at the principles of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) to provide parents with an understanding of how their child's past trauma is affecting the child's behavior today. TBRI offers practical solutions to difficult situations and has proven to be extremely effective at teaching parents how to help their children heal.
NOTE: Intake interviews are conducted at the FCCA branch office during regular business hours (M-F, 9-4pm).
ADOPTION PREPARATION CLASSES 2 AND 3:
Our goals are to teach Investment Parenting so as to....
- Empower families with knowledge about themselves, their families, their resources, licensing and placement regulations, the child welfare process, and waiting children,so families can decide whether to commit to Investment Parenting.
- Teach families how to genuinely connect with a waiting child.
- Teach families the best ways to connect and heal trauma-based behaviors.
What is Investment Parenting? You agree to:
- Educate yourself about the needs of waiting children.
- Explore your own past diligently and address your past hurts and fears.
- Commit to parenting in a way that will help these children heal.
- Change, if ncessary, some of the ways you typically parent or think about parenting.
- Create time to help these children heal - this will require sacrifices.
- Be willing to meet your children where they are, and guide them back from trauma-induced behaviors to become permanent, healthy members of your family.
Note: these meetings are usually held on Saturdays, and occasionally on weeknights.
Your social worker meets with each of you individually, at the agency office, during regular working hours. These appointments generally last 2-3 hours each.
The social worker will visit your home, at a time when all members of the household are present, and during regular working hours on a weekday.
ADOPTION PREPARATION CLASS 4:
Trust-Based Relational Intervention - This training class will usually be held on a Saturday, and must be completed after the home study has been approved and before a child is placed into the home. Based on the DVD "Trust Based Parenting: Creating Lasting Changes in Your Child's Behavior," this is an in-depth training for parents of children in foster care. Almost without exception, these children have trauma-based behavioral issues. Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is a unique model created by developmental psychologists, Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross. Dr. Purvis coined the phrase "children from hard places" to describe children who have experienced abuse, neglect, abandonment and/or trauma in early development. Their survival behaviors can be confusing, frustrating, and difficult to manage even for the most patient and loving parents. The DVD demonstrates proven practical skills and strategies for applying TBRI principles to everyday life to build strong parent-child connections, which lead to better behaviors.
CHILD SEARCH AND PLACEMENT:
For domestic adoptions, you will work cooperatively with your social worker during the search for and placement of your child. Families adopting internationally will follow the matching and placement process established by the child referral agency selected by the family.
In fos-adopt cases, FCCA will coordinate with the placing county to complete monthly or more frequent visits for at least six months, and usually longer. For international adoptions, FCCA will complete the number of post-placement or post-adoption visits required by your child-placing agency. For domestic relinquishment adoptions, FCCA will complete at least four visits within six months. In all cases, FCCA will complete written reports of all post-placement/ post-adoption visits, and will write a final report to the court to summarize the placement.
FINALIZATION / RE-ADOPTION SERVICES:
FCCA assists families with the paperwork necessary to finalize the adoption or complete a readoption, as applicable. There is no additional charge for this service for families with an FCCA home study and placement. The service includes preparation and filing of the Adoption Request, Accounting Report, Consent to Adoption, Court Report, VS-44 form, and proposed Adoption Order. The family is responsible to pay the filing fee for the new birth certificate(s), and to show up at the courthouse with the child at the day and time set for the hearing. Don't forget to bring your camera!