We are very pleased that you are interested in learning about Family Adoption Consultants. The process for obtaining information about the agency and its programs has changed. FAC is pleased to announce the launch of a new software program called My Adoption Portal (MAPS). Information about the adoption process and access to documents and forms necessary to work with FAC will be available in one place. Adoptive families will be able to complete and submit all required paperwork and track their progress through this software program. MAPS will also allow you to post payments online and print statements of what has been paid on your account.
Upon completing the Inquiry form, you will be directed to MyAdoptionPortal.com where you can access information on FAC programs, policies and procedures. If/when you are ready to begin working with FAC to adopt through one of our programs, or to complete a home study if you are working with another placement resource, you will be provided with information on how to access and submit FAC’s Preliminary Application. The $250 application fee can be submitted online or mailed to the office you will be working with (Michigan or Ohio). Preliminary applications will be reviewed within 3-5 business days of receipt and you will receive notification on how to initiate the next step in the process through myadoptionportal.com. At the point you are ready to review and submit the formal application, you will receive information regarding the $150.00 Technology fee (paid directly to MyAdoptionPortal.com). This is a one-time fee for all of the conveniences of using MAPS throughout your adoption process.
We look forward to working with you.
Education and preparation are vital components of the adoption process. Family Adoption Consultants is committed to ensuring that every adoptive family is thoroughly prepared and informed about the types of issues and challenges that they and their child may face both now and in the future. We are excited to present interesting and educational training sessions on adoption.
Families in all stages of the adoption process are welcome to attend. We also welcome adoptive families who are utilizing another adoption service provider. Each training will be facilitated by a highly trained professional.
All adoptive families are required to complete training. The training provided meets the requirements of both the State as well as the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption (for International adoptions).
Adoption training is typically offered by FAC several times each year. Registration is required.
Check the EVENTS page for any upcoming training events.
Domestic Adoption Program Information
FAC provides services to individuals and couples who wish to adopt a child through the agency’s domestic adoption programs. We assist prospective adoptive parents with the adoption of infants, and we also assist parents through the adoption process for waiting children who need a family of their own. Please click on the tabs to learn more about adopting an infant or a child who needs a family because he/she may be older, a part of a sibling group, or has a special need.
It is our philosophy that birth parents and the adoptive parents should have as many choices as possible as they experience the adoption process. We are here to provide information, support, and our expert assistance as we all work together to achieve the best possible plan for children. We work to ensure that everyone’s rights are protected. You will choose whether you want an adoption that will be completely “open”, partially open, or “closed”—the choice is yours, not ours. We are here to assist birth parents and adoptive parents develop and maintain the relationship that will best serve the needs of the child they all love.
Services FAC Provides:
- Adoption assessments or “homestudies” of prospective adoptive parents
- Adoption orientation/education/training/preparation
- Counseling for birth parents and prospective adoptive parents
- Intermediary assistance between birth and adoptive families and act as a conduit for exchange of information
- Release/consent services
- Facilitator for direct placements
- Adoption placement and finalization services
- Post-placement services
- Assistance with interstate placements
Private Infant Adoption
FAC initiated an infant adoption program in 1989 in order to provide specialized services to parents considering planning an adoption for a child. This program serves pregnant women who are thinking about an adoption plan for their baby and the families who desire to provide permanent, loving homes for these babies. FAC’s infant adoptions are all the result of a choice by parents. When parents decide they cannot care for a child, they can voluntarily relinquish their legal rights as parents so the child can be adopted and raised in another family. We provide adoption counseling and services to all parents who request it. Therefore, children needing adoptive parents have varying racial/ethnic heritages, physical/mental/emotional characteristics, health status, etc. Birth parents may specify the type of parents they want to adopt their child and adoptive parents may specify the type of child they feel best able to parent. FAC assists both sets of parents in making the best match possible.
FAC can provide all of the services necessary to successfully complete an adoption, including pre-adoption education/counseling, adoption home study, assistance with identifying a child to adopt, assistance to birth parents to legally relinquish their parental rights, court processing to legally adopt a child, post-placement and post- adoption assistance. We will provide home study and post-placement services if you are working with an attorney, facilitator or other agency for placement of a child. We have worked cooperatively with other professionals to assist many families adopt a baby.
We will assist you to explore all of your options so that you have the best chance to be successful in achieving your goal of adopting a child. FAC’s staff has many years of experience in working with birth parents searching for a family to adopt their child and with individuals and couples seeking to adopt a child. We can help you navigate the entire process and provide you with support as you explore your options and throughout the adoption process. Please go to our Information Packet and Getting Started tabs for more detailed information about how to proceed.
Adopting a Waiting Child
There are many children all across the United States waiting for “forever families”. Children who wait for families are often times “older”, or they may have special medical needs, or they may be part of a sibling group that should be placed together. Children may become available for adoption as a result of an involuntary termination of parental rights. This happens after the state removes a child from his/her parents due to neglect or abuse. Upon removal from their family, a child is placed temporarily with a licensed foster family, or with a relative where he/she will stay until a decision is made regarding a permanent plan for the child’s well-being. If the situation that led to the removal from the family cannot be corrected in a reasonable amount of time and it is not in the best interests of the child to be returned to his/her parents, a court will decide to terminate the legal rights of the parents and the child will be made available for adoption.
FAC assists families in adopting children who have been removed from their birth families and are waiting for permanent, loving, and stable adoptive families. We work in conjunction with the foster care system in both states where we have offices, and are also able to assist families with the adoption of children who are available for adoption in other states through an Interstate Compact. If you are interested in adopting a “waiting” child or sibling group through the State Ward Program, please ask us for this specific information. It is important to note that “older” usually means at least school age, especially for Caucasian children. There are minority race children of all ages who need adoptive families as well sibling groups who need adoptive families who can maintain the sibling bond. Children with varying degrees of physical/emotional/developmental needs also wait for adoptive families.
All children who have experienced neglect and/or abuse, have been removed from their families and spent time in one or more temporary placements, and are waiting to be adopted, may be considered to have special needs. They need adoptive families who are aware of their needs and who have the knowledge, ability, and patience, to meet those needs. FAC will work together with prospective adoptive families to help you determine if adopting a waiting child is right for you and your family, and what characteristics in children you feel best able to handle. Education and preparation is essential to successfully parenting any child, but is particularly vital when adopting a child(ren) with special needs. Training will be an important part of the process of becoming ready to adopt. FAC will assist you with preparation and training as well as assisting with the actual process of identifying a child and navigating through the adoption process.
Please contact the FAC office in your state of residence (Michigan or Ohio) for the most current information about how to get started with adopting a waiting child.