ABOUT THE ADOPTION PROCESS
Do you take adoptive families from other states?
Yes, a small percentage of our “Wait List” families are out of state. We require our out-of-state families to use a licensed adoption agency in their state even if their state law does not require it.
What is a designated adoption?
This is an adoption where the birth family has identified you specifically as the adoptive family for their child. The birth parents can be in Colorado or another state. The birth parents MUST contact Adoption Dreams Come True to start this process. If you have this situation, please call us and one of our case workers can assist you.
How long does it take to adopt a child?
We wish we could give you a concrete answer but the time frame, after completing your home study, can vary from 6 months to 3 years or longer or you may not be selected at all. This variance is due to the fact that birth parents select you. The agency only selects the longest waiting family if the birth parents do not wish to make the choice themselves.
How do I get information about adoption?
We offer a free consultation. Please call the office at 970-493-2557 to schedule.
What is your process for adoptive families?
Adoption Dreams Come True has a process in place that allows us to maintain a strong commitment to excellence as we serve our adoptive families.
- Step 1 is a free consultation at the office or by telephone if you are unable to come to Fort Collins. We will answer your questions and provide you with materials explaining our process and fees. These consultations are individual and not done in a group meeting.
- Step 2 is to be added to our “Wait List”. There is no obligation to be on this list but it does assign you a number to determine your position as we move families forward to be on the “Active List”.
- Step 3 is the “Active List”. This list consists of 30 families who have completed the home study process or are going through the home study process to become a licensed adoptive family. When we have an opening to begin a new home study, we call the next in line from the “Wait List”.
- Step 4 is to include your new portfolio with all others on the “Active List” to show to birth parents for selection.
ABOUT ADOPTION DREAMS
How long has Adoption Dreams Come True been in existence?
The agency was founded in 2005 by the current Executive Director, Cindy Sarai and Emily Watson. We are a licensed, non-profit agency in good standings with the state of Colorado.
What kind of adoptions do you handle?
We are a domestic adoption agency primarily placing children from 0-3 years of age with the majority of placements being infants. We serve the entire state of Colorado.
Do you do open or closed adoptions?
Adoption Dreams Come True believes in open adoption as we feel it is in the best interest of the child. The benefits for the children are multi-faceted: a sense of identity, a complete history, the knowledge that they are loved by their birth family and a ready source of medical information and support. However, we will support birth parents, should they choose a closed adoption. If an adoptive family wants a closed adoption, we cannot accommodate their request.
How many children do you typically place annually?
We prefer to talk about finalizations vs placements. Placement numbers can fluctuate from year to year so we use finalization numbers as those include placement and the final legal decree that the child is now in a permanent home. We average 10-12 finalizations a year.
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About Adoption Financials
When are payments due?
Adoption Dreams Come True bills for services as they are provided and expects payments prior to the start of each process. Your assigned caseworker will discuss our policy and time frames with each family so there is no confusion.
Can we use credit cards?
Yes, credit cards are accepted for payment of services. This process was implemented June 1, 2013.
How much does it cost to adopt?
The cost is based on a sliding fee scale. We use the combined AGI (Adjusted Gross Income) of both parties from the most recent tax return to determine which fee schedule is appropriate.