Get Answers to Your Questions on Adoption
Adoption is a big decision for any family. At The Villages, we want to make sure it’s the right one for yours by offering information and guidance to help you arrive at the best decision for you. Read on to get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive on adoption.
The Villages is a licensed child placing agency through the State of Indiana Department of Child Services, and offers different adoption services for multiple types of private adoptions. But we also provide support services for other forms of adoption as well, including adoption from foster care. We are committed to helping children thrive in stable, loving homes, and we accomplish this goal by offering help however we can to our families.
When most people think of adoption, they tend to think of private adoption from an agency. But within private adoption, there are several forms the process can take:
- Attorney or out-of-state agency adoption
- Infant adoption
- Relative/kinship/stepparent adoption
Families can also adopt from foster care. In these cases, a family that began with a foster child can, under certain circumstances, begin the adoption process.
In some cases, yes. If you are a licensed foster family and accept the placement of a child or children into your home, and the child is under the supervision of the Department of Child Services after having been removed from the birth family due to neglect or abuse, that child may later become eligible for adoption. In such cases, we’ll help you through the process to make sure it’s a success.
The cost of adoption can vary widely depending on circumstances. There are also private attorney fees to consider, and those will usually depend on the type of adoption you’re pursuing. It’s a good idea to speak with your attorney, and to us as well, to determine what you can expect.
After you adopt, you can still count on The Villages to provide support and assistance. Whether you need help completing paperwork or preparing for a home visit, or you simply need to ask a question for guidance, we’re here to help provide you with what you need to succeed. Depending on where you live, you may also be able to take advantage of our post adoption services, which provides additional assistance.