ADOPTION

The Journey To Forever Starts Here

Let Agape Help Equip You To Answer God’s Call To Care For the Fatherless.

Agape seeks loving, Christian families to provide forever homes for vulnerable children. We see our adoptive families as ministry partners. Families come to Agape hoping to adopt for many reasons.

Agape will help identify your family’s strengths and work to equip and prepare you to meet the needs of the child you will parent. From your first contact with us, to the home study, to the waiting, to the placement, and after; Agape will walk this journey with you.

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ADOPTION

DOMESTIC ADOPTION

Agape helps expectant parents, and the adoptive family, to make the adoption plan that best meets the needs of the child.

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Eligibility criteria for prospective adoptive parent(s)
  • Residents of Alabama
  • Good health, as confirmed by medical exams
  • Faithful, active Christians whose life/lives are consistent with Agape’s Statement of Affirmation
  • Married for a minimum of 3 years at time of approval.
  • At least 25 years of age
  • Couples must complete Prepare and Enrich marriage assessment with Agape’s Child and Family Therapist.
  • Must be willing to have at minimum a semi-open adoption with child’s birth family.
  • Agape does approve single parents on a case by case basis.
The general process of domestic adoption through Agape
  • Review eligibility requirements with an Agape representative and submit Application for Services
  • Begin gathering paperwork for home study: obtaining medical exams, criminal background clearances, parent-preparation training, register for Prepare & Equip Asssessment, and financial and identification verifications
  • A minimum of 3 home visits with an Agape social worker to complete the home study process
  • Prepare a profile book with Agape’s assistance. This will be used to present your family to expectant parent(s) who are considering making an adoption plan.
  • Wait period of approximately 2-3 years
  • Post placement visits, legal services for finalization coordinated by Agape
  • Post placement counseling and support

Interested in domestic adoption? Contact us.

Caitlin Inman 205-733-9755
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ADOPTION

INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION

Agape provides home study and post placement/adoption services to families.

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Agape is Hague-accredited through the Council on Accreditation (COA) to provide services to prospective adoptive parent(s) pursuing an international adoption.

Our staff brings great experience in intercountry adoption. They can assist families identify a country of origin or a placement program that will be a good match for their situation. Home Study Program
  • Residents of central or south Alabama
  • Good health, as confirmed by medical exams
  • Faithful, active Christian(s) whose life/lives are consistent with Agape’s Statement of Affirmation
  • Marriage requirements vary from country to country but Agape recommends 3 years at time of approval.
  • At least 25 years of age
Certain countries and/or placing agencies may have additional eligibility requirements.
Agape’s international adoption home study process generally involves
  • Review eligibility requirements with an Agape representative and submit Application for Services
  • Begin gathering paperwork for home study: obtaining medical exams, criminal background clearances, parent-preparation training, and financial and identification verifications
  • A minimum of 3 home visits with an Agape social worker to complete the home study process
  • Support & further preparation while you wait for a match
  • Post placement visits, legal services for finalization coordinated by Agape
  • Post placement counseling and support

For more information on Agape’s inter-country adoption program, contact us.

Caitlin Inman 205-733-9755.

ADOPTION STORIES

Adoption is a truly life-changing experience—for the child and the families involved. Agape invites you to share this experience through the stories of those who’ve adopted through our services.

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ADOPTION FAQ

The initial costs include: application fee, case management fee, home study fee and agency commitment/support fee. Agape’s domestic adoption program placement fee is determined utilizing a sliding scale. This is the most expensive fee and it is due at the time a child is placed in the adoptive family’s home. The current placement fee is as follows: 25% of the adoptive family’s gross adjusted income from the most recent year, as confirmed by Federal Tax from 1040, with a minimum fee of $12,000 and a maximum fee of $18,000. There is also a $500 post placement supervision fee that includes the state mandated post placement visit with a social worker. This fee also covers preparing and gathering the legal paperwork that is provided to the attorney assisting with finalization. The fees paid to Agape do not cover any attorney fees. These fees are separate and are paid directly to the attorney. These fees can range from $1000-$3500 depending on the attorney used and the legal risks in the adoption placement.

The wait time for adoption can vary greatly depending on many variables. Some of the factors that determine wait time are: (a) race of child; families who are only open to adopting a Caucasian child tend to wait longer than those who are open to all races; (b) health of child; families who are able to parent a child with unknown medical backgrounds, a child who has been exposed to drugs and/or alcohol in-utero, or a child with special needs may wait less time than a family who can only parent a healthy child; (c) degree of “openness” in the placement, meaning the degree of contact or information passed between adoptive parents and birth parent; more “openness” can reduce waiting time. As would be expected, it is the interplay between all the factors, and the choice of which agency to work through, which ultimately determines how long an adoptive family waits for placement. Agape’s current average waiting time for placement is approximately 2-3 years. However, just as every person is unique, every adoption story is unique and some families may find themselves waiting less time than others depending on the variables mentioned above.

This is a common question that is asked when discussing openness with the adopted child’s birth family. Agape requires that adoptive families agree to, at minimum, a “semi-open” adoption. This means that the adoptive family must be at least willing to send photographs and letters to the birth parents through the agency. Every birth parent is different in his/her request for openness just as every adoptive parent is different in his/her comfort level with openness. It is important to remember that the relationship between adoptive parents and birth parent(s) is a unique one and will evolve over time. Some adoptive families start with a “semi-open” adoption and gradually progress to a more open adoption as the relationships grows. Agape’s social workers will assist adoptive families in exploring the levels of openness and finding the level of openness that is best for the child, birth parent(s), and the adoptive family.

The number of adoptions each year depends on the number of pregnant women Agape serves and the number of those women who make an adoption plan for her child. In recent years, the average number of placements per year typically range from six-nine. Agape closely evaluates the number of families who are waiting for a placement and the number of pregnant women who are currently being served by the agency in an effort to keep the time that the adoptive families wait for placement reasonable.

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