The Adoption Process
We invite you to call our office nearest you to schedule a consultation in person or by phone. This first meeting gives us a chance to get to know each other. You’ll learn more about adoption and our agency, and we'll learn more about you and your expectations. We will explain the adoption process and guide you toward the domestic or international program that best matches your needs. You can also join us at one of our free local information sessions to hear a complete overview of the process and our programs.
Completing an Application
When you are ready, you will complete the application packet and submit it to us with the application fee. Once we receive these materials, we will assign a MAPS social worker to your adoption or refer you to one of our partner home study agencies if you do not live in a state with a MAPS home study office.
The social worker will compile your home studya report that is required before you can adopt a child. The home study is based on a variety of information including required paperwork, interviews with your family, and social worker’s visits to your home.
If you choose to adopt through our domestic program, you will also need to create a profilea letter illustrated with photos that tells prospective birthparents a little about you, your home, and your lifestyle.
MAPS offers an excellent adoption education course for prospective adoptive parents who complete their home study through MAPS. During this class you’ll discuss a wide variety of adoption related topics and learn about the support resources available to you. This course also offers opportunities to discuss your questions and concerns while meeting other waiting families.
If you adopt through one of our international programs, you’ll need to compile a dossiera set of documents required by each country. A MAPS program coordinator, who has expertise with adoption and legal requirements in a particular country, will work closely with you throughout the process.
We will inform you when you receive a child referral. Wait times vary depending on which country you chose to adopt from. When you accept a child referral, you’ll then wait for a travel datethe day you’ll go abroad to bring your child home. If you adopt through our domestic program, you will be selected by a birthmother and then wait for the birth of your baby.
Your child is home! During the next six months or so, your social worker will visit you to make sure that your family is adjusting well. Post-placement visits are required for both domestic and international adoptions and they must be completed prior to the finalization process. These visits also give you a chance to ask questions, share concerns, and show off your child! The specific schedule of post-placement visits/reports varies from country to country; our staff will advise you of the exact requirements for your family.