Seattle Adoption, Home Studies and More
Are you considering adoption in the Seattle area? Lifetime Adoption Agency is here to provide all the assistance and information you need. Our caring adoption coordinators are available to help families grow through adoption and to work with birth parents to make sure they have the support and resources they need.
As a nationwide leader in domestic, open adoption, Lifetime Adoption has over three decades of experience in connecting birth families and adoptive families. Our adoption coordinators are experienced and ready to help you. With resources available such as podcasts, webinars, referrals, adoption articles, counseling, you will know you have all the support you need.
Help for Pregnant Women in Seattle
Facing an unplanned pregnancy in Seattle can be difficult. Lifetime Adoption can help. Our kind adoption coordinators can help you make an adoption plan. You probably have a lot of questions about the adoption process, and all you need to do is call or text our adoption coordinators for information, guidance, and support. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Sometimes life is difficult, and the right thing for your baby is to find a wonderful adoptive home with loving parents who are emotionally and financially ready for a new baby. You can create an adoption plan with a Lifetime Adoption coordinator. You will view profiles of Lifetime families and choose the adoptive family that is the right fit for you and your baby. You can also decide how much contact you want once the adoption process is complete. You will even get to decide how things will go at the hospital.
When dealing with an unexpected pregnancy, you may find you have unexpected medical expenses. In the state of Washington, pregnant women who choose adoption can receive assistance with the prenatal hospital or medical expenses involved in the birth of the child and attorneys’ fees and court costs involved in the transfer of child custody. Your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will help you access these resources.
Are you struggling to raise a toddler or young child? We got a call from Kaira*, who was in an abusive relationship, and CPS was about to take custody of her son and place him in foster care. Having been raised in foster care herself, she did not want this for her son. She wanted a say in who he was placed with and wanted to know she could get updates on how he was doing. After talking with our adoption coordinator and a professional counselor, she decided on adoption. She found the perfect family for her son right in Seattle. Kaira is now working on improving her situation and has peace of mind when she gets updates on her son and sees how he is thriving in his adoptive family.
Lifetime has many families interested in adopting sibling sets, toddlers, and special needs children. Making that call can be difficult, but know that at Lifetime, you will always find a caring, non-judgmental adoption coordinator on the other end. She will answer all of your questions and provide information honestly.
* Name has been changed for privacy.
Adoption Agencies in Seattle
At Lifetime Adoption, you can be sure you will have:
- 24-hour support available
- Many adoptive parents’ profiles from across the nation to choose from. All with completed home studies and background checks
- Help with pregnancy-related expenses
- Peer and Professional Counseling available at no cost to you
- Continued support after the adoption is final
- And much more!
Adoption Counseling in Seattle
Another resource at Lifetime Adoption is peer counseling. A peer counselor is a woman who has been through the adoption process and wants to help other women with their journey. Talking with another birth mother can be very helpful. She will listen to you and your story, share her what her adoption experience was, and offer advice.
Maternity Hospitals in Seattle
- Who would you like in the room when you go into labor?
- Would you like to hold and feed your baby after the birth?
- Do you want the adoptive parents to come to the hospital?
- Who would you like to hold your baby first?
- Will you go home before or after your baby is released?
A hospital plan will ensure that everything at the hospital goes as you would like. Your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will make sure adoptive parents and the hospital staff understand your wishes and follow them.
In the Seattle area, there are several hospitals with labor and delivery services:
Your coordinator will work whichever hospital you choose to deliver at. Our experienced adoption coordinators can help you with whatever situation you may have. They have worked with women who have given birth at home, and even women were surprised to go into labor while they were traveling out of state.
How to Start the Adoption Process
To begin the adoption process for your child, simply call or text Lifetime Adoption or fill out the contact form. You will have a Lifetime Adoption coordinator who will work with you to make an adoption plan. She will ask about your needs and will make sure you have all of the resources and services you need. Let your coordinator know if you have any concerns or questions. You will find a caring and non-judgmental adoption coordinator available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You can view Lifetime adoptive families online. You can read letters they have written or watch video messages to learn more about their interests and beliefs. You can decide what qualities you want in adoptive parents. It is you who will choose the adoptive parents you feel are the right choice for you and your baby.
View adoptive family profiles online by clicking here. You may want a family who lives in Washington or somewhere else in the United States. Once you choose a family, your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will work with you and the adoptive family to create the relationship you would like. Your adoption coordinator be there for you to guide you through the entire process.
Other Paths to Adoption in Seattle
Relative or kinship adoption is another adoption option. In this case, a family member, who is usually blood-related to the child, can choose to adopt your child. Relative adoption can come with its own set of challenges. While this can be a great solution, sometimes a relative may feel this is temporary and may not understand that adoption is permanent. They will be this child’s parent forever.
Which kind of adoption is right for you and your child is your decision alone. These options will all be gone over by your Lifetime Adoption coordinator. She will make sure you have all the information you need to decide which adoption path is best for you and your child.
Adopting in Seattle
Do you dream of bringing a child to the Seattle Aquarium or wandering with your child through the Pacific Science Center? If you are considering adoption as a way to grow your family, Lifetime Adoption can help. You probably want to know how you can get the process started. Lifetime Adoption is here to guide you through this special time. Our adoption coordinators will help make your adoption dreams come true. They will answer all of your questions and provide all the information you need. You will learn all about open domestic adoption and will understand what to expect during your adoption journey.
The Lifetime Adoption coordinators are experts at connecting birth mothers and adoptive families. If you are in the Seattle area and are considering adopting a newborn baby or child up to the age of six, contact Lifetime at 727-493-0933. For more information, you can also visit the Lifetime Adoption website for a free online adoption application.
Begin the Adoption Process
The adoption process can seem overwhelming but don’t worry. You don’t have to navigate this on your own. Your first step is to fill out our short online application. Applying is free and does not obligate you in any way.
A Lifetime Adoption coordinator will contact you once you are pre-approved and will explain our adoption program and answer all your questions. Your adoption coordinator will also gather additional information to create the best-individualized plan so that you can have a successful adoption. Your coordinator will guide you through every step needed to be taken.
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Home Study Services in Seattle
Background checks, financial verification, employment information, education hours, and a home visit are all part of your home study.
In Seattle, how does the home study process work? You will work with your home study provider, who will run a background check and will collect the following documents:
- Financial and Employment Statements such as tax returns, profit and loss statements, and paystubs.
- Medical Statements from your medical professionals confirming you are physically and mentally capable of parenting a child
- You will provide three written references that verify you are suitable adoptive parents
- Verification of your marital status
A home visit will be part of your home study. Your social worker will schedule a time to see your home and interview you. The home study is meant to establish that you have a safe and adequate home to raise a child in. Your views on marriage, parenting, and family will also be discussed. Everyone who lives in the home will be interviewed by your home study social worker. Then all of this information will be put into a report to be submitted to the court.
Finalization of Adoption at Court
Finalization of your adoption is your final step. This happens once your home study is complete, then you have been matched with a birth mother, and your baby has finally arrived.
Washington adoption law requires that the finalization of adoption happens once your home study is complete, you have brought the child home, and had a post-placement visit from a social worker. Then you will have a hearing at the court where the final decree of adoption will be issued.
Your Seattle adoption attorney will file all of the adoption paperwork at the district courthouse and set a date for the hearing. In Seattle, that will be at the King County Superior Courthouse.
Other Paths to Adoption
Every adoptive family has its own unique adoption path. Which path you choose is one of the most important decisions you will make. International adoption is one path you can take.
Choosing international leads to other decisions, such as which country you want to adopt from. There are many things to consider, for example, what is the political climate of the country? What are the adoption laws and customs of that country? Many factors will influence a family’s choice as to which country to choose to adopt from.
It is important to choose an agency that specializes in adoption in the country you are interested in. Be sure they have a proven track record of successful adoptions in your chosen country. The nations of Africa, China, and Eastern Europe are some of the more popular countries to adopt from. Here are some agencies that specialize in international adoption:
Foster Care Adoption
To qualify to adopt in Seattle, you will need to be:
- 18 years of age or older
- Legally competent, and
- Have an approved family assessment (pre-placement report, adoption home study, unified home study)
You can also view waiting children in the foster care system across the nation at AdoptUSKids. This project shows the children waiting and hopeful for adoption across the entire U.S.
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