“Our adoption experience with ABC Infant Adoption/International Child Foundation was a journey filled with excitement, many emotions (as can be expected), fun and very rewarding. From the very start, initial conversations with Jackie, then working with Kala (our Adoption Counselor), and then with Audrey (birth parents’ Program Coordinator) was AMAZING! They were very helpful, supportive and available to help any time during our adoption journey. Kala was very knowledgeable, thorough, meticulous, and a great resource in all our preparation and because of that, our adoption process moved quickly and smoothly. Audrey was there to assist us with connecting with the birth parents, and to guide and help us along during the birth process of our adopted son. Our experience throughout the adoption has been nothing short of amazing due to the wonderful and caring people at ABC Infant Adoption/International Child Foundation. They have been very responsive, a wealth of knowledge, engaging and true professionals in every aspect. We couldn’t have picked a better group to experience our “perfectly choreographed” adoption journey of our son.”
S & E, Tucson AZ
Overview & Steps in the Process
International Child Foundation began the ABC Infant Adoption LLC domestic program in 2008 in response to calls from birthmothers and adoptive families. Since 2009 the program has grown dramatically, from one infant placed with a family in 2009 to twelve in 2012. We attribute this to the need for locally-based and caring supportive services for birthmothers, as many of our new birthmothers are referred by women we have helped in the past.
The program involves four steps: the pre-matching application phase, whereupon the agency and families choose to work together on an adoption plan; the matching phase when family profiles are presented to birthmothers; the placement phase, when the family arrives for delivery and to take the baby home (presuming the birthmother or father do not change their minds about placement prior) and the finalization phase, when the family adjusts to having their new infant in their home, meets with their social worker and finalizes the adoption.
Call our adoption staff in Phoenix or Tucson, AZ! We’ll send you our program guide and fee schedule! ABC Infant Adoption serves birthmothers and fathers free throughout Arizona and adoptive parents across the U.S. We support semi-open, open and closed adoptions… it’s your choice. Our most important consideration is the best interests of the child.
Children and Birthparents involved in Adoption
Typically children placed in this program are newborn, although we have placed children over six months old, as well. Birthmothers come from various circumstances, are most often between employment, sometimes living alone or with the birthfather or with relatives, not uncommonly with a history of drug use or traumatic life events. Sometimes birthmothers are living in hotels or shelters and have other children or are living with husbands or boyfriends and have other children.
An adopting family should be married for at least one year and have given adoption much thought and discussion, as well as at least ten hours of adoption education. ABC is non-sectarian and non-discriminatory. We welcome couples and single parents of every faith.
Timeframe and Considerations that affect Matching
Adoption time frames vary, mostly due to constraints an adoptive family may put on potential matches with birthmothers. Constraints may include a child’s sex, race, birthmother mental health issues, drug or alcohol abuse issues, a birthmother or father preference for open or closed adoption, stage of pregnancy, anticipated living or legal expenses, general risks or risks associated with absent or unknown birthfathers, or potential ICPC or ICWA or other legal issues. ICPC refers to the Interstate Compact governing placement of a child born in one state in another state. ICWA refers to the Indian Child Welfare Act, which is interpreted differently state to state. An average timeframe is about six months.
For Birthparents, all services are free
We provide emotional support, respect, information, financial assistance with living expenses; medical and life planning resources and post-delivery services. Our counselors work with birthparents throughout pregnancy and after delivery.
Birthmothers & fathers face difficult questions…
- What would be the best choice for my child’s future?
- Could I arrange my life so that I can mother my child?
- How does adoption work? What’s the process?
- Will I be able to choose the family or see my child?
- When do I need to make a decision?
- Is there counseling or other support available?
It is our job to explain the process and discuss potential options and outcomes for an adoption plan. Counselors explore birthparent concerns about how adoption works, what kinds of adoption are possible – open, closed or semi-open adoption – and what sort of assistance is available under Arizona law. We believe that providing complete information helps both birthparents and adoptive families feel more comfortable with the process.
For Prospective Adoptive Parents
We provide information about kinds of adoption, the steps in the process, legal and ethical responsibilities, potential fees and expenses, medical, emotional and financial risks, pre-adoption education resources, post-adoption services and obligations, and about adoption finalization.
It is our goal to bring together informed and prepared birthparents and adoptive parents. We earn trust by being supportive, honest and readily available to answer questions and talk about concerns.
The risks of adoption are real. Not every adoption plan comes to fruition; occasionally birthmothers or fathers change their minds, despite earlier intentions. We make a concerted effort to communicate with birth and adoptive parents with candor throughout the process.
Adoption is about wanting the best possible future for a child.
Most adoptions involve many months. Fees for adoption services for adoptive families or estimates for adjunct or third-party expenses are subject to change. Adoptive families need to read the agency adoption services agreement and consider the emotional and financial risks of adoption carefully.