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Frequently Asked Questions About Adoption

Whether you are at the initial stages of considering adoption or are ready to get started, you likely have many questions. On this page, we have answered a number of frequently asked questions that pertain to the topic of adoption in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. You can get in touch with our team if you are an adoptive parent or birth parent to obtain the information you need. Read through the following answers to frequently asked questions below to gain a better understanding of your situation.

Common Questions About Adoption

Helping Create Families Since 1994

As you seek adoption or to place your child for adoption, it is essential to understand all steps involved before proceeding. Since 1994, we have been assisting individuals through the process of creating families. If you have any questions that need to be answered, we can provide you with insightful, useful information. Whether you are facing an unplanned pregnancy or want to create a family with an adoptive child, our birth parent adoption agency can help you through each step.

Our agency has helped many families through the various steps of adoption. If you are considering placing your child for adoption, we provide a counseling program at Adoption ARC. From that point on, our goal will be to keep birth families and adoptive families connected with the agency to help them navigate the difficulties associated with adoption.

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  • Who is eligible to adopt?
    Anyone—single, married, divorced, nontraditional families—anyone of any race, color or religion who has a valid home study, as well as a child abuse and criminal clearance. You must have a lot of love in your heart for a child who needs a permanent, safe home.
  • How long is the waiting list?
    Adoption ARC does not maintain a waiting list. The personality of the child is matched with that of the family. It is conceivable that you may welcome a child in your home very shortly after the home study is completed.
  • What is an open adoption?
    Adoption ARC believes that birth families, children and adoptive families deserve to have ongoing relationships. Contact is encouraged, but not pushed. It has to be the right relationship for all parties involved.
  • What should I do first?
    Get a home study. A home study is like a biography written about you and your family by a licensed, agency social worker. No child can be placed for adoption legally in any state or country without a valid home study. Home studies are valid for a period of one year. Any licensed adoption agency may perform your home study.
  • What happens after placement?
    Post-Placement Visits. Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware state laws mandate post-placement home visits by a licensed agency social worker. Adoption ARC will provide post-placement visits for you if so desire and are within our licensed area. If not, the same agency who did your home study will most likely provide this supervision and send the reports to Adoption ARC for final approval.
  • Here are some more detailed answers to commonly asked questions about putting your child up for adoption. Click on the links to learn more.

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