FAQ For Adoptive Families

Our Adoption Plans

Program 1: Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian, Native American and Caucasian Blends
Program 2: Full or Biracial African American Children
Program 3: Your Personal Match Plan

FAQ’s

Q. How long is your “list?”

A. Program 1 & 2 – We don’t have a list. We have an active file of adoptive families with ASC-approved home studies. We average 35-50 active families at any given time.

Program 3 – There is no list. Couples bring their own personal birth mother to ASC for placement.

Q. How long is the wait?

A. Program 1 – We are proud of our time frames at the Center. Our goal is to create your family in 12 months. Nine-to-ten months is our average. Couples, where one or both of you are over 40 yrs old &/or already have a child, may take longer.

Program 2 – Our goal is to create your family in 9 months. 0-6 months is our average.

Program 3 – We have no wait time stats for this program.

Q. What will an adoption cost me?

A. Program 1 – The range could be from $17,000 to $29,000 (after the Federal Tax Credit.) This includes everything: home study, medical and legal expenses, counseling and our agency fees.

Program 2 – Costs range for some minority and special needs adoption from $15,400 to $25,400 (after the Federal Tax Credit)

Program 3 – Marketing and Advertising and the Placement Fees are slashed drastically. Your costs could range from $3,400 to $14,000 (after the Federal Tax Credit.)

Q. Do we have to prove our infertility?

A. No. We do require that you to tell us if you become pregnant. We will work with you toward a program to ensure all children are appropriately spaced apart, as we do not believe in “artificial twinning” (placing two genetically unrelated babies together when they are less than nine months apart.) Interrupting the birth order is an exception to the norm — you are required to attend an office interview where we will discuss the concept at length. They are approved on a case-by-case, limited basis.

Q. Must we work with you exclusively?

A. Program 1 & 2 – Yes.

Q. Do you only place infants?

A. Program 1 & 2 – Primarily, yes. We still ask that you give us the age ranges you would consider with a child or sibling group. We occasionally place a toddler or sibling group and welcome couples who will embrace those ages.

Program 3 – Up to the couple and the type of adoption they bring to ASC.

Q. May I choose the gender of the child I adopt?

A. Program 1 & 2 – No. You are bonding with a special birth mother and she is counting on you. She cannot predict the gender, and ultrasound results can be inconclusive or incorrect.

Program 3 – If your birth mom agrees, you may limit your gender choice with her.

Q. May I choose the race of the child I will adopt?

A. Program 1 – Yes, you may tell us if there is a particular full-race situation you would not consider. All of our couples are encouraged to embrace a child of ½ Hispanic, ½ Asian, or ½ American Indian heritage.

Program 2 – Yes, you may choose full or biracial African American children.

Program 3 – You will likely know the race of the baby your birth mother is carrying. If not, you may choose to limit the race if your birth mother is agreeable.

Q. Must I find my own birth mother?

A. Program 1 & 2 – No. We find, and are contacted by, birth mothers through classified ads, yellow page ads, outreach programs, networking, and the Featured Families on our web site. You do not need an 800 line. We answer phones for birthmothers 24 hours/day, 365 days/year.

Program 3 – YES.

Q. Must I meet my birth mother?

A. Program 1 & 2 – Probably 95% of our birth moms will want to meet their first-choice couple during the pregnancy and form a relationship.

Program 3 – No. You and your birth mother are choosing the relationship you would like to have together. We will honor what you both decide.

Q. Must I share pictures and letters with my birth mother?

A. Program 1 & 2 – Probably, as most birth mothers want pictures and letters. We’ll advise you how often during the first year after placement, then most of our families send correspondence on a pre-determined basis — some want more, some want less. Most correspondence comes through the agency. This provides confidentiality for both parties.

Most birth mothers request visits after placement. Most birth moms and families know each other on a first-name basis only. Some share last names, addresses, etc. and handle their own correspondence and visits after placement.

Program 3 – No. You and your birth mother are choosing the relationship you would like to have together. We will honor what you both decide.

Q. Do you work with single parents who want to adopt?

A. Program 1 – No.

Program 2 – Yes. This is a fairly simple and quick route for you. You may specify whether you are hoping to adopt a full African American infant, biracial African American infant, or both.

Program 3 – Yes.

Q. How do I afford to adopt?

A. The Federal Tax Credit is $13,570. Ask your tax professional for details and check out the Financing page of our web site. We offer MasterCard, Visa and Discovery. You can absolutely set up an adoption loan with affordable monthly payments through several resources.

Q. How do we get started?

A. Call 1-800-274-1084 today to complete an Intake Sheet. We will determine if you need to attend a free seminar, or if you may proceed to an international home study. You could be parents in less than a year!

You could be parents in less than a year!

Call to have your questions answered!
(317) 255-5916