Adoptive Parent FAQ'S
Who can adopt?
Eligible couples must be emotionally stable, between the ages of 25 and 45, and have been married for a minimum of three years (there are some exceptions to this rule, please call if you have any questions). Eligible couples must also have a medical infertility issue and be in sufficiently good health. You must have sufficient financial resources and insurance coverage, living arrangements conducive to a child's needs, no criminal background without proof of rehabilitation, and no history of child abuse. This is further explained in your application packet.
Does it matter where we are from?
We accept families from all over the U.S. (with the exception of New York due to the state’s license requirements). We accept international couples as long as they are U.S. citizens.
What is the cost of adoption through Adoption Angels?
There are several factors that determine the cost of an adoption. It truly depends on the birth mother and her medical bills, living expenses etc. We maintain affordable adoptions. The average adoption is anywhere from $21,000.00 to $30,000. You have the option to decline the case if you feel the case is not within your budget.
How long is the average wait time to adopt a child?
Once the adoptive parents become “parent-n-waiting” the average wait is approximately 9-12 months, but open-minded preferences improve the adoptive parent’s probability of being chosen sooner; such as race, mental health & exposure to drugs or/and alcohol. We encourage you to really go over and discuss in detail the preferences that will fit into your families dynamic. We have put together a very detailed adoption preference sheet along with resources to help aid in your decision, but we also recommend talking with your doctor or pediatrician.
What exactly is needed before we can be presented as a possible family to a birth mother?
Once we have your application to adopt, agency fee, approved home study, de-identified profile and photo album, you are considered "Parents in Waiting" and your profile is actively shown to birth mothers.
Can we choose the sex of our child?
Adoptive parents can always inform us of their preference which may be considered, however you must be open to either sex when applying with this agency.
Will we receive any medical background on the birth mother?
Yes, we have medical records and we will have background information that the birthmother provides. This Information is so extremely important to you and your child.
Are the birth mothers HIV and drug tested?
Yes, all birth mothers are STD and drug tested. If the birth mother you are matched with tests positive for drugs or continues to test positive, you may choose to not continue with her case at any point and we will match her with a family that is open to her case.
Do we need our own attorney?
Adoption Angels has a wonderful Attorney who will work with you through the adoption process.
The birth mother says she has lost all contact with the birth father. How can this be verified?
All birth mothers who state that they no longer know the whereabouts of the birth father must sign and swear to a document that sets out all the information she does know about the birth father. This includes his last known address, his former employer, schools attended ect. With this information, Adoption Angels attempts to locate the birth father to notify him of the pending adoption and of his legal rights.
How long does the birth father have to assert his legal rights?
The birth father has until Monday after the expiration of twenty days from the time the notice appears in the newspaper to assert his parental rights.
The birth parents of the baby we have been matched with are very supportive of the adoption. Do they still have to be given notice of their legal rights?
Yes, the birth parents are required to sign legal documents that state they are voluntarily and knowingly giving up all their rights and obligations toward the child. The birth mother cannot sign her legal documents until 48 hours after giving birth and the birth father can sign anytime before or after the birth.
What if either one changes their mind?
The documents the birth parents sign are irrevocable immediately after signing. The documents are witnessed by two individuals and notarized by a third. However, if the birth mother changes here mind before she signs your entire agency fee is applied to the next case and you become our top priority.
We are from out of state. How long are we expected to remain in Texas once we receive a placement?
You cannot leave the state of Texas until you are informed by Adoption Angels that the Interstate Compact approval has been received which can take from 7 to 10 days. Because all adoptive families are required to come to San Antonio for placement and finalization, we have established excellent business ties with a local hotel chain and are able to assist adoptive families in receiving discounted rates on their hotel accommodations during their stay.
What are the expectations for contact with the birth mother?
Our adoptions are semi-opened de- identified, after placement you will send pictures and letters every month for the first six months. After finalization you continue this twice a year until the age of 5. After that you will send yearly contacts until the child reaches the age of 18. Any additional request for contact is mutually agreed upon by you and the birth mother. You are never required to maintain contact that you may not be comfortable with.
Waiting is so difficult. Any suggestions?
Once you become "Parents in Waiting", this is a good time to familiarize yourself with adoption issues. You are required to read at least two books or articles every quarter on this subject and submit reports to the social worker at Adoption Angels. The report is simply the title, author, and 2 to 3 paragraphs on the content. Some suggested readings are in our Adoption Library.