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Started by Lil Fox. Last reply by Brigham Fordham Jan 5, 2012.
is there anybody , group, lawyer..? that would help me if I need to get the state to see tat im capable of adopting even if Im disabled or am I borrowing worries there?
by the way alex , thankyou for your response.
today along with hunting for parenting classes and informational meetings, and infor on how to parent a adopted older teen.. was trying to find out if the state will help me pay for the home study..anybody know?
Sorry for your loss, Violet. It's a hard time, I know. The approval process (with waiting for paperwork to come and courses) takes about 3-6 months. Waiting for a placement can be the longest part, depending on what you have been approved for. (It can take longer if you are only approved for a certain age-group, rather than for a large age-range.)
how long does it take to go throught the approval process?
I am a widow who is disabled. I am considering adoption. I'd like adopt a teenage girl, a daughter. Right now Im in the research stage. Getting knowledge and healing from my husbands recent death. Im also older, almost 50, so many things here that can be held against me. I live in Michigan, and I live on disability...Id like to work through the state..I know thats cheaper. I was once told by a adoption counselor yrs ago in this state that the fact that I was in talk therapy(counseling) would be held strongly against me. I wonder if thats still true.. Iknow the ada is in my favor..I hear I need my docs approval. I think id get it..not possitive.. but....any comments or ideas?
Thank you for your interest in adoption! While some may see your disability as a problem, others will not. As you go through adoption agencies you'll have to ask each individually. (Or go though AdoptMatch where agencies that are open to working with physical disabilities identify themselves.)
The first step in adoption is to choose the adoption you want to pursue. Age plays a big factor in the adoption realm. If you want an infant or toddler, you would go through an infant private agency. The costs range from $20,000-$50,000.
If you want an infant or toddler and can’t or don’t want to spend the money, you can become a foster parent. A foster parent is caring for a child, 0-18 years old, with the goal that they will return to their biological family. If this doesn’t happen, which is pretty often, the foster parent is asked if they want to adopt the child. Foster care and foster care adoption is free. In fact you receive subsidy each month to help with food, clothes, and medical care no matter your salary.
To do a direct adoption with no cost, you would be adopting from foster care (children currently living in foster homes, but who are legally free for adoption). They usually range from ages 7-18. They are all amazing children with much to offer to any family. These children legally free for adoption can be found on various websites: www.adopt.org and www.adoptuskids.org are some of the most popular ones.
To get started in the adoption process, visit http://match.adopt.org/ to get linked with an adoption agency that will complete a homestudy for you. A licensing agency will be able to make the decision if you are qualified to adopt based on your medical report.
A homestudy consist of paperwork, parenting classes, and home inspection. This process usually takes about 3-6 months to complete and is needed before inquiring on children.
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