The domestic adoption program falls under the larger umbrella of the agency services. This program helps residents of Michigan and home study approved families from out of state who need assistance with interstate adoptions. Domestic infant adoptions throughout the United States and Michigan have changed over the years. Now birth parents and adoptive parents can make choices through an individualized adoption plan. Just as every child is special and uniquely different, so is each adoption plan. Forever Families is proud to recognized as one of the leading credible ethical adoption placement agencies in Michigan. We take pride in our fairness and honesty.
If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and are considering adoption with a prospective family as a loving choice, we want to provide you with counseling and information to assist you in making an informed decision. As an expectant parent working with our agency, you can review and choose the adoptive family from many profiles of approved families. We want to give you a feeling of security and confidence in the adoption process and confidence that you are deciding your baby’s future.
As a prospective adoptive parent(s), the domestic adoption program offers personalized adoption planning services including training, assistance with networking, and emotional support. We help you navigate the adoption process from completing an initial home study, being matched with a birth mother, placement of the infant into your home, and all the legal steps to finalization of the adoption.
Our Services Include:
Birth Parent Services
Birth parent counseling provided by a supportive and skilled therapist
Assistance in obtaining pre-natal care and securing payment of allowable living expenses
Assistance with transportation and referrals for supportive community resources
Assisting the parent(s) in completing medical and social history information, which is given to the adoptive family
After the birth, assistance a the hospital with signing of the temporary placement documents and arranging the release/consent by the birth parents(s) with an attorney 72 hours after the birth if possible.
Ongoing assistance in the communication between the birth parents and adoptive parents after the finalization of the adoption.
Adoptive Parent Services
Evaluating prospective adoptive families for the completion of pre-placement assessment (also referred to as home study).
Counseling on adoption issues and full disclosure of the risks associated with pre-adoptive placements.
Comprehensive training on issues related to adoption.
Supervision services of the placement of infants in approved adoptive parents’ home. Completion of supervisory reports as required after placement.
Completion of the legal placement steps in Court.
Attendance at placement and finalization hearings as required.
For a minimal fee we provide financial resources and coaching for our families to assist in budgeting, loans, grants, and the adoption tax credit. Click here to learn more.
The domestic adoption program will facilitate interstate adoptions where a child is born in Michigan and placed with an approved adoptive family from another state, or the child is born in another state and placed with an approved Michigan adoptive family. The agency will coordinate with the appropriate Interstate Compact of the Placement of Children (ICPC) office to facilitate placement approval between states.
Adoption is often an option because mother’s want their child to be with a family that is loving, stable, and yearning with all their hearts to be parents. Mother’s may feel that at this time in their lives they may not be able to provide the resources or stability that a child requires and deserves. Knowledge and involvement in choosing an adoptive family can be reassuring for a woman struggling with choosing adoption for her child.
Frequently Asked Questions
You call to set up a personal consultation/orientation with the domestic adoption program supervisor. This is a one on one meeting where information on the program and the adoption process will be discussed. You will be able to bring all your questions to this meeting. You will then be given an application to start the home study process at the end of the meeting if you wish to proceed.
There are many reasons why a birth mother may choose adoption. Often a birth mother may be struggling financially, not have an emotional support system, not have the support of the birth father, or be parenting other children. At times a birth parent may not feel the timing is right to parent. Whatever the reason, deciding to make an adoption plan for your baby is a very difficult and emotional decision. Forever Families is committed to providing counseling services to the birth mother both before and after the birth to help walk her through the emotional process of adoption. We have found that during the pregnancy the more time the birth mother gets to spend with the adoptive family and get to know them, the more balanced her decision is after the birth.
The birth mother is just as nervous to meet you. The initial meeting is not “an interview”, the birth mother has already chosen you from reviewing your profile book. The meeting is an opportunity to get to know one another and build a level of comfort for both parties. A staff will also be present at the meeting and will help facilitate conversation. The goal is for everyone to feel good about this initial meeting and alleviate anxiety about the next steps in the adoption process.
Forever Families is a small agency, we can provide a personalized experience. Our experienced staff will walk you through the adoption process and is readily available via phone or email. We have been giving children families forever since 1997. Staff has decades of adoption experience and will be able to tailor an individual adoption plan to your needs.
Yes, the vast majority of adoptions are open, meaning the birth parents and adoptive parents exchange contact information. A plan for continued contact will be agreed upon before and after the birth. Often contact after adoption will include you receiving photographs and a written update at an agreed upon schedule.
You will have access to agency staff in case of an emergency. Staff will also work with you to provide resources for living expenses such as rent, groceries, and medical bills.
You are in control of your decision. You will first be provided with several profile books (photos and information on each adoptive parent (s) to get to know the adoptive parent (s) and help you choose the family you want to be the parents of your baby. You will be able to personally meet them and get to know them before the birth. Often, birth parents and adoptive parents exchange emails, texts, phone calls, and even visit each other during the pregnancy.
Forever Families provides pregnancy counseling at no charge to you. We will go over all your options together to assist you in making an informed decision you are comfortable with.
Our agency provides domestic infant adoption services, including adoptive placements, with the best interests of the child as the guiding factor in placement decisions. Each adoptive placement is planned so as to ensure an emotionally stable and financially secure home for the child. The domestic adoption program provides a variety of services including direct consent adoptions when the birth parents and adoptive parents find and select one another, agency adoptions when the birth parent surrenders directly to the agency and the plan is facilitated by the agency, and accepts infants released under the safe delivery act, section 20 of 1939 PA 288, MCL 712.20.
Professional and skilled therapists offer counseling services to all birth parents. The therapist will explore all options with the birth parents and their decision making process before and after adoptive placement. Reasonable efforts are made to obtain a thorough social history background from the birth parents.
The domestic adoption program’s goal is to offer prospective adoptive parents services that are not based on arbitrary eligibility requirements that would exclude suitable parents. The pre-placement assessment will be conducted according to the licensing rules for a child placing agency as outlined in the State of Michigan and PA 222 and will be considered a minimal requirement for approval.
To become an approved adoptive family, the agency screening process includes orientation and training, submission of an application, participation in interviews with the staff, both in the office and in the applicant’s home, and completion and submission of written documentation such as criminal clearances, medical reports, and references.
Support through Domestic Adoption
Adoptive parents seeking domestic infant adoption opportunities have access to immediate intervention regarding any identified or specific adoption situation anywhere in the United States.
Forever Families offers birth parents seeking an adoption plan 24-hour access to counseling and supportive services. We have staff with experience in therapy who are available for both pre and post adoption counseling. We will assist birth parents with support services, medical coverage, transportation, counseling and community resources in efforts to maintain lower adoptive parent expenses.
Forever Families recognizes the anxiety and emotional nature of families seeking an infant adoption and strive to provide regular support and guidance throughout the adoption process.
Interstate adoption services are also available. As with all adoption programs, Forever Families offers preparation, education, and continuous support from inquiry to post placement.