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Do I have to be sure I want to make an adoption plan before calling?
You don’t have to be sure that adoption is your final decision before contacting us. Maybe you are just looking for some additional information about how it all works. Maybe you just have some questions you want answered to see if you are comfortable working with us. We will never pressure you into an adoption. Call us anytime and we will help answer your questions. You are in charge.
How will I choose the adoptive family? How do I know you will have the right family for me?
We have many adoptive families who are ready and waiting for a new baby. Many of these families have profiles you can view
right here on our website. If you don’t see a family listed that seems right for you, we can look even further. We partner with agencies all across the country to find the perfect family for you.
How do I know the family I choose is safe and stable?
Your baby deserves the best family possible. When you make an adoption plan with a waiting family, we study them carefully to make sure they have a good home and kind hearts. Stepping Stones is a licensed agency, so we take this screening process very seriously. We check their backgrounds, we check their finances, and we have social workers assess their capabilities. Every family we work with is pre-approved for the adoption process.
Can I get Financial Help During My Pregnancy?
You can get financial help during your adoption process. State laws vary, but depending on the state you live in you can get help with things like housing, shelter costs, food, transportation, maternity clothing and medical expenses; as well as other pregnancy related living expenses.
Can I have a relationship with my child and the adoptive family after the adoption is complete?
If you choose adoption, you get to decide how much contact you would like to have with the family and your child. If you want to have a relationship with your child, we will show you families to choose from that are open to the contact you are looking for. Maybe you are looking for pictures and letters or email contact? Maybe you are looking for visitation? These are all options.
When your child goes to live with an adoptive family, you can have an agreement based on an honor system between you and the adoptive family. The family is not usually legally obligated to continue this arrangement, and neither are you. But we’ll help you understand how these agreements work.
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Why is Stepping Stones Different?
Established as MAPS in 1977, our adoption program has more than 35 years of experience handling adoption for Birth Parents and Adoptive Families. We have extensive experience supporting people through the adoption process and throughout post-adoption. Our adoption staff has decades of professional and personal experience in adoption and although no two adoptions are the same – our breadth of experience and depth of knowledge can be called upon to ensure the very best experience for all parties.
- Our birth parent counselors are on call 24/7 for continuous support.
- Our adoption support services for birth parents, prospective and adoptive families, and for all parties post-adoption are exemplary.
- Our adoption clients have access to our agency continuum of care including community mental health, case management and housing services.
We are a trusted and established non-profit, with a charitable mission to support children and families. We are governed by a volunteer board of directors and we operate by the highest ethical standards. We are a tax-exempt organization and all of the fees associated with our adoption work are utilized to ensure the highest quality of service.
We are accredited by the Council on Accreditation – while many agencies are simply licensed by the state. We voluntarily undergo a rigorous evaluation that looks at the quality control of all aspects of our agency. We are assessed on our staff recruitment and credentials, financial audits and propriety, and examined on the professionalism and continuous quality assurance of our programs and services.
We have a passion for what we do.
Who Can Adopt?
The most important requirement for an adoptive family is the commitment to providing a safe, loving home to a child who needs one. At Stepping Stones, we place children with families who can best meet their unique needs. Whether you’re single or part of a couple with or without children, you may be able to grow your family through adoption.
Can Stepping Stones’ Adoption Program help me with a pre-arranged adoption?
Yes, if you’ve already found a birth mother who would like to place her child with you, we can guide you both through the adoption process. You’ll benefit from the experience and expertise of Stepping Stones adoption staff, and so will she. We’ll help you ensure that all of the requirements are met. If you have your own attorney for a private adoption, we’ll support you by completing the required home study and education classes with you. We’ll provide critical counseling services to the birth parents to ensure their well-being during and after the process. We’ll also provide you with the required post-placement supervision that will ensure your new family addition adjusts well to his or her new home.
Can you host our family profile on your adoption site?
Yes! If you are registered with another adoption agency and would like us to host your profile so that our birth mothers might review and select you – we are happy to do so. Your profile can be hosted on our adoption site for as little as $99
for a full year. Just call Heather Stultz on 1-888-866-0113 or email her firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
How much does adoption cost?
Adoption costs vary widely among programs. Families open to adopting children out of the foster care system can do so at no cost through their local Department of Health and Human Services.
How long does it take to adopt?
Typically the adoption process takes from 6 to 18 months to adopt a newborn infant. This time frame varies based on openness of family, advertising budget, and comfort with web-based exposure. Over the years Stepping Stones has developed networking relationships with agencies across the United States in order to provide our families with more options.
How do I get started?
If you’re interested in adopting, we want to get to know you and your family. The first step is to call our office to schedule a consultation in person or by phone. During this preliminary meeting, we’ll tell you more about our agency and how adoption works. We’ll try to learn more about you and your expectations.
What is a home study?
A home study is a review of you, your family and your home by a licensed adoption agency. The purpose is to educate you and your family, evaluate the fitness of you and your family, and gather information about you and your family that will help us connect you with a child who would be best suited to your home.
What is a special needs adoption?
There are many adoptive children who have special circumstances, whether they are physical, emotional or something else (for instance, older children and/or siblings). If you are considering a special needs adoption, we will evaluate your family’s preparedness and support you in creating a special, safe home for the child.