Finding an Adoption Agency in Dallas

Dallas Adoption, Home Studies and More

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Birth Parents and Adoptive Families

Are you looking for Dallas adoption agencies? The Lifetime Adoption coordinators are available to provide all the information you need and answer all of your questions. We work with birth parents to make sure they receive all the support and resources they may need. We also work with adoptive families to help them achieve their dreams of growing their family.

Lifetime Adoption is a leader in domestic, open adoption. Our caring and experienced adoption coordinators are always ready to assist you. With over three decades of experience connecting birth families with adoptive families, our coordinators will guide you through the process. We offer podcasts, webinars, provide articles, counseling, referrals, along with one-on-one support.

Help for Pregnant Women in Dallas

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If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, figuring out what your options are can feel overwhelming. Lifetime Adoption is a great place to start if you’ve been looking for an adoption agency in Dallas.

We are here to help you get the information you need and answer the questions you have about the adoption process.

How to Start the Adoption Process

First, call or text Lifetime Adoption or fill out our contact form. Next, an adoption coordinator will explain how to create your adoption plan. She will also make sure you have all of the resources you need. She will answer all your questions and will talk with you about any concerns or needs you may have. You will always find a kind, caring, and non-judgmental adoption coordinator available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for you.

Modern adoption means that you have a lot of say in what the adoption looks like. For example, you get to decide who adopts your baby. Our adoptive families have online profiles so you can learn as much about the families as possible. You can read their online profiles and watch video messages. You, as a birth mother, decide what kind of family you are looking for and you choose the adoptive parents you would like to talk with.

Searching For an Adoptive Family

To start searching adoptive family profiles, just click here. Whether you are interested in Catholic adoption in Dallas, a family who lives in Texas, or prefer a couple of a certain race, we will find a family for you. Once you have chosen a family, your adoption coordinator will help you connect with them. You can then begin building a relationship with them. Your coordinator will guide everyone involved through this process.

Additionally, if there are community resources in the Dallas area you are in need of, your adoption coordinator will also help you connect with those resources. For example, you may need to connect with a doctor for prenatal care, and you may need transportation to get there, for example. Your coordinator will help you with those issues.

Another issue many women facing an unplanned pregnancy are faced with are pregnancy expenses. The extra money needed for some pregnancy-related expenses is often hard for some women to come up with. Usually, an adoption agency in Dallas can help with those expenses. Because the state of Texas allows agencies to provide assistance from when a pregnant woman chooses adoption until six weeks after the birth. For example, assistance can help with rent, clothes, transportation to the doctor, food, phone, and more. Your coordinator will talk with you about what your needs are and will help you get the support and resources you need!

Placing a Child for Adoption Who is Already Born

Adoption for a toddler or older child is also an option through Dallas adoption agencies. If you are struggling to raise a young child and are considering adoption, Lifetime Adoption can help. You can find profiles of families that are interested in adopting sibling sets, toddlers, and special needs children.

When considering adoption, making that first call to a Dallas adoption agency can be hard. At Lifetime, you will find a caring adoption coordinator that will answer your call or text. She will answer all of your questions. She will not judge you and will talk with you honestly. Your coordinator will guide you through the process and be there for you.

Call or text Lifetime Adoption now. We will be there for you.

Dallas Adoption Help

So what can you expect from the adoption process? Lifetime Adoption is able to help you place your child for adoption. An experienced adoption coordinator will be there to explain what your options are.

Your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will make sure you have:

  • 24-hour help and support
  • Adoptive parent profiles that you can choose from. All families have had background checks.
  • Peer and Professional Counseling
  • Maternity clothes, toiletries, and a labor bag if you need them.
  • Help with pregnancy-related expenses
  • Additional support after you have given birth
  • And much more!

Adoption Counseling in Dallas

One very important resource your Lifetime Adoption coordinator can provide is professional and peer counseling. Adoption is a decision that needs to be really thought through. A professional counselor can help you consider your options. Adoption is an emotional journey, and a counselor will help you work through your thoughts and feelings.

One of the most popular counseling offered through Lifetime is Peer counseling. Talking with another woman who has faced an unplanned pregnancy or placed her older child for adoption can be very helpful. While her story may not be exactly like yours, a peer counselor will understand your feelings and emotions and can answer the questions you have. She can share advice on telling your family, discussing adoption with the birth father, and many other words of advice.

Maternity Hospitals in the Dallas Area

Does the thought of labor and delivery cause you some anxiety? It does for most women. The best way to ease those nerves is to be prepared. Your adoption coordinator is ready and able to help you create a hospital plan that is just right for you. There are questions she will ask such as:

  • At the time of birth, who would you like in the room?
  • Would you like to hold your baby after the birth?
  • Will you want the adoptive parents at the hospital?
  • Would you like to go home before or after your baby?

Your coordinator will work with the hospital to make sure they know what your wishes are and that they are followed. She wants to make sure you have as little stress as possible and are comfortable in the hospital.

In the Dallas area, the hospitals with labor and delivery services are:

Arbor Diagnostics
Baylor University Medical Center
Methodist Charlton Medical Center
Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Parkland Health and Hospital System
UT Southwestern University Medical Center

Whichever hospital you choose to deliver at, we will work with that hospital to make sure they understand your wishes. If things don’t go as planned, don’t worry. We have worked with women who were traveling out of state when they went into labor or have given birth at home.

More Helpful Resources for Pregnant Women in Dallas

If you are facing an unexpected pregnancy and are also struggling with some other issues, Lifetime Adoption coordinators are available to help. They can provide resources so you can find the stability needed to make the right choices about your pregnancy for you and your baby. It is important to come from a place of stability and not from a place of panic when making decisions such as whether to parent or create an adoption plan.

Local Resources

If you are experiencing homelessness or you are in a domestic violence situation, a priority needs to be to find safe housing. Here are some local resources for women’s shelters in Dallas and the surrounding area:

Dallas Life

Genesis Women’s Shelter

My Second Chance

If you are pregnant or the mother of young children and are struggling with hunger, the WIC program is a resource for you. WIC stands for Women, Infants, and Children and provides an EBT card to purchase healthy food such as fruit, eggs, whole grains, milk, cheese, and vegetables. They can also offer referrals to local services. Learn more by visiting their website:

WIC – in Dallas, TX

It is important to find a treatment program if you are dealing with addiction. Abruptly stopping using drugs can be dangerous if you are pregnant. A treatment center will have professionals who can offer options if you are addicted to prescription drugs or opiates. A treatment center will also be able to provide counseling along with medications (like methadone and suboxone). These can help you slowly wean off the opiates. Here are a few resources in Dallas:

Crossroads Recovery Center

WTCR Programs

Life’s Second Chance Treatment Center

If you are in need of any other additional resources, your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will offer confidential help, no matter what issue you may have. We can help with transportation, prenatal care, pregnancy verification, rent, maternity clothes, and more. Call or text today.

Other Paths to Adoption in Dallas

If you are not sure if you can parent at this time but are undecided about what to do, foster care is an option. If your baby is born with exposure to substances, CPS may make that decision for you. The Texas Department of Families and Protective Services can have your child placed in the foster care program. If this happens, you will not be able to choose where your baby is placed or whether you will have ongoing contact. In this case, you can call a Dallas adoption center from the hospital and start the adoption process. This keeps you in control of who your baby is placed with because you get to choose the adoptive parents.

Kinship Adoption

Another option is relative or kinship adoption. This option means a family member who is usually blood-related to the child can apply to adopt your baby. This type of adoption can have its own challenges. Sometimes the adopting relative may think they are just helping out short term and not realize this is a permanent thing. There can also be some issues with boundaries that will need to be talked about and worked through.

Look into all of your options and then decide which type of adoption is best for you and your baby. Talk with a counselor and with your adoption coordinator to make sure you have all the facts.

Adopting in Dallas – Where to Start When Researching Dallas Adoption Agencies

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Adoption is such a life-changing decision. You will have a lot of questions and need a lot of information for this journey ahead of you. If you are planning on adopting in the Dallas area, the adoption coordinators at Lifetime Adoption are here to help you during this amazing time. They are here to make your adoption dreams come true. They will answer all of your questions and explain the whole adoption process in detail. You will learn what to expect during your adoption process and all about open domestic adoption.

Making sure birth mothers and their child are matched with families that are the best fit for everyone in the adoption triad is a priority at Lifetime Adoption. If you are in the Dallas area and are interested in adopting a newborn or child up to the age of six, contact us at 727-493-0933 to ask any questions. Visit the Lifetime Adoption website for a free online adoption application and to learn more about adoption. You will find adoption resources and an abundance of adoption information as well.

At Lifetime Adoption, we will provide you with all the resources, education, referrals, and support you need to make your adoption dreams come true.

Begin the Adoption Process

The adoption process can feel confusing, and there is a lot of information. You do not need to navigate this on your own, however. First, you need to fill out our online application. Applying is free, and filling out the form does not obligate you in any way.

Once you are pre-approved, you will be contacted by a Lifetime adoption coordinator. Be ready with all of your questions, and your coordinator will be happy to provide the answers. You can expect your coordinator to ask what your adoption dreams and expectations are. Your adoption coordinator will compile all of your information to create the best plan for you to result in a successful adoption.

Cost of Adoption in Dallas

Domestic adoption costs can vary depending on the type of adoption you do, the state you are adopting from, and the professionals you need to complete the adoption. There are requirements that every family must satisfy in order to adopt and these typically have costs depending on the chosen professional as well as the services included.

A home study is mandatory and prices are usually set by the provider. These average $2,000 to $4,000 and will also include required adoption education, background checks, and mileage/travel expenses for the social worker to come to your home. Most families will need an adoption agency to help them locate and screen potential adoption opportunities, as well as provide necessary services to potential birth parents including counseling and pregnancy support.

Agency costs typically start at $25,000 and may go as high as $50,000, depending on the adoption agency chosen. When you are matched with a child or pregnant mother for an adoption, you will also need to engage legal services, including legal services for the birth parents as needed. These legal costs can range from $8,000 to as much as $15,000 or more, depending on a variety of factors including the state requirements and legal requirements that are unique to each situation. Overall, a domestic adoption from one of the Dallas adoption agencies typically can run between $38,000 and $70,000.

Birthmother Expenses

Another factor to consider are the expenses needed to help and assist the expecting mother through her pregnancy. Each state has different rules for what is and is not allowable. A family should set a budget so they have a clear understanding of how much they are able to help with. Adoption related pregnancy expenses can include rent, utilities, food, clothing, medical, transportation, and more.

Your agency or attorney will assist with determining what is allowed by the state and recommended for the expectant mother you are matched with. Average birth mother expenses with Lifetime are typically around $5,000. Although some birth parents, due to their circumstance could need more assistance, and others could need less. Lifetime will guide you into setting a healthy budget.

Lower Cost Adoptions

Adopting a waiting child from the foster system or from AdoptUSKids is often the lowest cost. In these adoptions, the adoption costs are paid by the state. Most waiting children or those in the foster system are older (over eight years old) or may have special needs. Families will be provided the adoption and parenting education they need to address what to expect with these adoptions. This is typically not a viable route for families wanting to adopt babies or children under five-years-old.

International Adoption

International (or Intercountry) adoption remains an option as well, and you may wish to view the current countries allowing international adoption. Like foster adoption, it is not a route to adopt babies. It also has risks including a country closing prior to completing an adoption, as happened with Haiti and Ukraine. If that happens, adoption fees paid are not returned and your adoption may be in limbo for many months (or even years). Adoption costs vary by country and agency, but typically international adoption has costs similar to those of domestic adoption. The first step is to decide on a country you are interested in and then seek out an adoption agency that is licensed to work in that country.

Adoption Attorneys in Dallas

You will need an adoption attorney to complete your adoption. The laws pertaining to adoption can be complex. It is important that all of the laws are followed carefully. The paperwork must be completed and filed with the courts. Your coordinator will be glad to refer an adoption attorney in the Dallas area for you.

Home Study Services in Dallas

Whether you choose domestic adoption or foster adoption, a home study is required. Your Lifetime coordinator will connect you with Home Study Services for adoptive families in the Dallas area.

Texas laws require the following to complete an adoption:

  • Complete an application to adopt.
  • You must be at least 21 years old.
  • You must provide references.
  • You must be financially stable.
  • You must be responsible and mature.
  • You must share background and lifestyle information.
  • You must provide proof of marriage and/or divorce (if applicable)
  • You must complete a home study.

Your home study will include employment information, background checks, education hours, financial verification, and a home visit. Your Lifetime coordinator will guide you through the home study process.

How will the home study process work in the Dallas area? The first thing you will do is submit fingerprints for a criminal background check. Then you will need to gather the following documents.

  • Verification of marital status
  • Financial and Employment Statements such as tax returns and paystubs.
  • Medical Statement from your doctor or medical professional verifying your physical and mental well-being.
  • Three written references attesting that the couple are suitable to be adoptive parents

Once you set up your home study, you can expect your home study social worker to interview everyone in the home and put all of this information into a report. This visit is to ensure you have a safe and adequate home to raise a child in. They will also want to find out what your views are regarding parenting, marriage, and family.

Finalization of Adoption at Court

So now you have matched with a birth mother, completed your home study, and your baby has arrived. You have one final step, and then your adoption will be finalized.

In general, Texas law mandates that a woman must wait 48 hours after the birth before consenting to the adoption. Then the child must be in the custody of the adoptive parents for at least six months. During that time, five post-placement visits by your social worker must be conducted. Once that process is complete, you will have a hearing at the courthouse to finalize the adoption.

Your adoption attorney will have filed all necessary paperwork at the courthouse and set the hearing date. In the Dallas area, you will go to the District Court in your area. At this point, the judge will review your home study and all documents and will then issue the final adoption decree. Be ready to take pics and shed a few happy tears. This will be a very festive occasion so enjoy!

Other Paths to Adoption

Dallas International Adoption Agencies

There are different paths to adoption. Choosing which path is right for you is a very important decision. Some families want to help a child from another country who is in need, and so they may consider international adoption.

When choosing international adoption, one of the choices is which country you want to adopt from. Some things to consider are the political climate, the needs of the children, and many other factors that should influence a family’s decision regarding which country to adopt from. In addition, every country has its own laws and requirements.

It is important to work with an agency that specializes in international adoption and has experience working in the country you are interested in. Some of the most popular countries are in the nations of China, Africa, and Eastern European countries. Here are some agencies that specialize in international adoption:

Adopt International

Holt International

Foster Care Adoption

Another avenue to adopt is the foster care system. The best way to do this is to reach out to the foster care program in your county. In Dallas, you will reach out to the Texas Adoption Resource Exchange. You will let them know you are interested in foster care adoption.

Foster Parent Requirements

  • Be at least 21 years of age, a mature adult, financially stable, and responsible.
  • Complete an application.
  • Share your information about your background and lifestyle.
  • Provide references from relatives and non-relatives.
  • You can be single, married, widowed, or divorced. You will need to show proof of marriage if you are married and/or proof of divorce if you are/were divorced and proof of spouse’s death if widowed.
  • You will need to complete a home study which includes visits with household members and inspection of all parts of the home, grounds, and outbuildings.
  • You will need to complete a criminal history background check and an abuse/neglect check on all adults in the household. (Adults are people age 14 and older who live in or visit your household regularly.)
  • Attend free training to learn about issues of neglected and abused children.

Training is important because it provides an opportunity for the family and the family’s agency to decide whether foster care or adoption is the right choice for the family.

A great resource is AdoptUSKids. You can view children hoping to be adopted in the Dallas foster care system and in other states.

 

 
 

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