As an expecting parent it is easy to feel like you are “taking a leap of faith” picking your child’s adoptive family. An expecting parent may like that the prospective adoptive parents can provide the baby opportunities, necessities that they can not offer their baby at the given moment. However, it is not uncommon for the expecting parent to second guess the prospective adoptive parent. Everything about a person could seem great, but “will my baby really be safe in their arms?” This unknown question can keep an expecting parent up at night, but at Adoptions From The Heart our staff will NEVER place your child with a criminal. Here’s how we prevent this from happening:
- All families wishing to adopt must go through a lengthy screening process before the agency approves them. AFTH must receive documentation proving they are cleared of child abuse and criminal activity.
- At Adoptions From The Heart we also require references from those close to them on how they are with children. Those interested in adopting a child must also submit reports of their finances and family history.
- The residential environment is also very important when it comes to raising children. A social worker will visit every prospective adoptive parents house for what we call a “home study.” The social worker will check the home cover the bases and see if a) your child will have their own room b) no hazardous items out in the open c) smoke alarms on each floor, fire extinguisher in the kitchen and things of that nature.
- AFTH social workers will continue to monitor the adoptive parents six to eight months after placement. This is so the birth parents know their baby is safe and in a caring environment. The social worker provides the reports of the home visits at the adoption finalization.