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Adoption 

AGAPE's adoption ministry partners with Christian families to provide forever homes for vulnerable children. 

Through the home study process, AGAPE workers will identify your family's strengths and give you the tools to best care for your child. By opening your heart and home, you will not only be caring for a child but you will have the privilege of ministering to an entire family. 

 

AGAPE offers domestic and international adoption services.  Contact an AGAPE social worker to begin your adoption journey today. 

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General Adoptive Requirements

  • Age 19 or older

  • A single adult or married couple

  • A resident of Alabama 

  • Financially stable

  • Physically capable of parenting, as determined by a medical professional

  • Faithful, active Christians, consistent with AGAPE's Statement of Faith and Code of Conduct

“It is important to realize we adopt not because we are rescuers.

No. We adopt because we are rescued.”

- David Platt 

Home Study/Post Placement Process

  • Consultation with an AGAPE social worker

  • Complete required paperwork  [will be provided at time of consultation]

  • All couples must complete the Prepare & Enrich Marriage Assessment 

  • Complete required training: read The Connected Child and complete Created to Connect study guide; complete Openness in Adoption curriculum from Donaldson Adoption Institute; attend the International Adoption Clinic’s Adoption Boot Camp

  • Participate in two adoptive home study interviews

  • Create a profile book to be presented to prospective biological families 

  • Participate in all required post placement visits

Questions & Answers

What is a home study?


A home study is a 10 to 12 page social summary of your family, written by a licensed social worker. In order to create your home study a social worker will meet with your family, once in your home and once at AGAPE's office. Each home study visit lasts approximately an hour and a half. A social worker will discuss your family, marriage, parenting style, discipline methods, and complete a walk-through of your home. All necessary paperwork, such as medical examinations and clearances, must be completed before home study visits are scheduled. Once completed, the home study is a legal document that allows your family to adopt. Home studies must be updated yearly.




How long is the wait to adopt a child?


The wait time for adoption can vary depending on your preferences. For example, families only willing to consider children of certain genders or races will likely encounter longer wait times. Other factors, such as openness in your adoption plan and the health of the child, also affect wait time. AGAPE's current wait time is 2 to 5 years.




How much will my adoption cost?


AGAPE's fees are based on state and federal adoption tax credits available to families. AGAPE's home study fees are approximately $2,000. AGAPE's placement fee is approximately $14,000. Fees paid to AGAPE do not cover attorney fees. Attorney's fees are approximately $2,000 to $5,000 and will be paid directly to your family's attorney. AGAPE social workers will go over a fee schedule in detail with you during your inital consultation.




Will we meet the birth parents?


A child benefits most from an adoption situation in which two families unite in partnership. This child-focused approach involves an incredible amount of flexibility, vulnerabilty, and compassion from all involved. AGAPE asks that all adoptive families be willing to meet their child's birth family. However, ultimately the decision to meet will be determined by the comfort level of the birth family.




What is open adoption and what are the benefits?


Open adoption refers to a wide range of communication between adoptive and biological families. Research has shown that children, adoptive families, and biological families all benefit from open adoption. Families who adopt should be prepared to share pictures, letters, and encourage visits throughout a child's life. Open adoption promotes a child's overall well-being by providing awareness of their history. This promotes bonding and attachment with their adoptive parents who are actively working to honor their child's story. Knowledge is power and open adoption improves the child's sense of identity.




Can the birth parents change their mind?


In the state of Alabama, biological parents who are making an adoption plan have a total of 14 days in which they can change their minds and decide to parent. During the initial 5 days, biological parents sign a document and contact AGAPE in order to choose parenting. There is an additional 9 days in which a parent can appear before a judge to plead their case for why they want to alter the adoption plan.





Contact Us

P.O. Box 127

103 Mountain Brook Blvd.

Madison AL 35758

Phone: 256-859-4481

Fax: 256-859-4483

Email: info@agapecares.org

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