During this step we want to get to know you, understand your unique circumstances, and what is important to you in your Adoption Plan.
What type of parents do you want to raise your child?
What type of communications do you want post placement?
Whatever you want, it’s our job to show you families that meet your requirements.
During this step you review, select, and meet the adoptive parents who will raise your child. If you prefer Graceful Adoptions to select the adoptive parents on your behalf, we are happy to do that too. Choosing Adoptive Parents typically involves:
Your Hospital Plan – If you are placing a newborn, we document and coordinate with the hospital to ensure all of your wishes are carried out. Your Hospital Plan will include information such as: Who will be in the delivery room with you? Who will take care of the baby during the hospital stay? Which baby mementoes do you want to keep? Who is allowed in your room, as well as who isn’t?
Your Transition Plan – If you are placing an infant or toddler, we document and coordinate how your child’s care and objects will be transitioned to the adoptive parents. Your Transition Plan will include information such as which toys, stuffed animals, clothes, and bedding will be transitioned with the child? What are the child’s favorite foods, colors, songs, characters? What is the child’s eating and sleeping schedule?
Your Communications Plan – This is the written plan with the adoptive family that details how and when you will communicate and/or see your child after placement.
Your Support Resources – This is a written list of people in your support network you can rely during and following your adoption to support you.
During this step, you meet with an attorney or agency representative to review the legal process for adoption.
If you are placing a newborn, the baby is usually placed with the adoptive parents upon discharge from the hospital.
If you are placing an infant or toddler, the Transition Plan we develop together will be followed.
Although the timing varies by state, you will usually sign legal documents pertaining to the adoption process before or shortly after the child is placed with the adoptive parents.