This is an all-inclusive package of services providing everything adoptive families need to pursue an American infant adoption.
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In addition, we provide direct access to your assigned counselor for discussing and assessing potential birth parent situations, coordinating with a birth parent counselor for planning and carrying out your adoption plan with a specific birth parent, and following up with legally required post-placement services. Your profile letter will be available to birth parents who come to us looking for a family to adopt their child through our extensive advertising and networking programs.
In Minnesota, any adoption situation requires that the adoptive family complete a home study with a licensed child-placing agency.
At Adoption Minnesota, we provide you with a home study quickly and efficiently. You can use your home study for any domestic adoption you wish to pursue. Our Home Study fee is $3200.00 with no hidden costs, application fees, or program fees. We offer one of the least expensive home study services in Minnesota.
We also provide home studies for embryo adoptions.
There are a variety of situations in which we can provide services to birth parents. While all birth parents need to be informed of their right to counseling under Minnesota law, not all birth parents have the need for the same services. Again, we have lots of choices.
If you would like us to coordinate with an attorney, facilitator or another agency who is working with your birth mother, we can do that!
This option gives you access to calling us with your questions, our coordinating with another attorney, facilitator or agency (in and out of state), and accepting ICPC approval after the baby is born. Because we know that a good attorney can make our work much easier, we will reduce this fee if you work with an attorney who belongs to the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.
If your birth parent resides in Minnesota and you reside in another state, you must comply with the provisions of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) before you can return home with the child.
This procedure requires a Minnesota licensed adoption agency to file a series of documents with the State. This option includes coordinating with your home state, attorney or agency to make sure all the documents required are provided, compiling the required documents, and submitting them to the State of Minnesota.
It can be very disorienting to have to go to another state to adopt a child. The stress of adding a brand-new member to your family is added to by having to deal with a strange place and people you don’t know. We can help you with your stay in Minnesota by providing the following services:
FALSE: For the families working with Adoption MN, 80% of our placements are of infants being placed directly from the hospital.
FALSE:It is true that many adoption agencies have waiting lists. However, there are agencies where you may begin the process right away. At Adoption MN we do not have a waiting list. You may attend one of our evening Orientation meetings, followed by an Intake meeting that is typically scheduled within 1-2 weeks. Over the past 5 years, our average time frame between going into our “Book” of waiting families and on our website, to having a child placed in your home, is 23 months.
FALSE:Adoption agencies vary on the rate of how often their birth mothers change their minds. For birth mothers working with Adoption MN, the rate at which they change their minds varies between 4%-6%. The most common time for this change to happen is in the hospital after the baby is born.
FALSE:In Minnesota birth parents can sign a legal consent to adoption any time between 72 hours and 60 days after a baby is born. Once the consent is signed, they have 10 working days until it’s final. The adoptive parents can finalize the adoption in court, three months after the baby/child is placed with them. In fewer than 1% of all adoptions, a birth father tries to claim a child or stop the adoption. If this is the case, we almost always know in advance that he will be causing a problem, and you can decide not to work with this situation. In Minnesota, we have a Putative Father Registry law, which requires a birth father to register with the State no later than 30 days after the child’s birth. If he fails to register within that time, he can never take legal action to stop or overturn the adoption.
FALSE:Research on adopted children indicates that parents usually develop warm, healthy, secure relationships with their adopted infants, whose emotional health and self-image throughout the school years equal those of children living with their biological parents. A major study by the Search Institute in Minneapolis found that teenagers adopted as infants are as well adjusted psychologically, socially and emotionally as teenagers being raised by their biological families.
FALSE:There are expenses associated with privately adopting an infant or child. However, the costs vary considerably between agencies and attorneys, locally and out of state. These fees will greatly increase if you also use a facilitator. Typically, full service clients of Adoption MN spend a total of between $23,000-$25,000 for everything associated with your adoptive placement, including birth parent counseling and attorney fees.
AtAdoption Minnesota we work hard to help families create the adoption that fits their needs. We don’t have a waiting list and you may begin the process when you are ready. We are flexible and will work within your time frame. Our staff is here to support you and your birth parent throughout this process and after the placement.
We can't express our feelings about Adoption Minnesota and its staff adequately. They made it possible for us to get through the process and the wait, during one of the most important times of our lives. They became our confidants and our friends. I know they will do the same for you!
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