Answering Your Questions
Does adoption seem like a long or impossible process? We’re here to show you how it’s possible!
About An Open Door Adoption Agency
An Open Door focuses on finding loving Christian families for our children. We are here to make the way clear for you — to help you find the child the Lord has prepared for you. We will help you through the process with an attention to detail, personal care and a sense of urgency. Our staff works throughout your adoption to attend to your needs. We guide you through every step of the process, provide training to help prepare you for your child, and also have an array of resources to help you both financially and as a parent.
Since 1987, we have helped over 2,700 children find their forever families.
Adoption Wait Times and Process
We work with a shorter waiting list of adoptive parents than most agencies. This means that we are able to match our couples to children in the shortest possible time. The wait time for domestic placement is usually 12 to 18 months, significantly lower than many other agencies which can take 2 to 5 years. International waiting times vary widely by country and the age of child desired.
While the love is often the same as for our biological children, parenting an adopted child comes with its own joys and challenges. For domestic adoptions, An Open Door provides a full day-long adoptive couple preparation conference. For international adoptions, the law requires at least 10 hours of couple training, and we provide online resources for. During training, you will learn how trauma affects brain development, different parenting techniques for parenting an older adopted child, learn how to help your child cope with his or her new home, how to talk to them about adoption, how to anticipate their emotional, developmental and other needs, and what resources are available to you in the future.
The first step is to determine if our Agency is right for you! Call us at 800-868-6339 for a free consultation. We encourage you to discuss your adoption dreams with one of our consultants before you apply.
A home study is an assessment of you, your family and your home environment by a qualified social worker. Completing a home study is necessary for both domestic and international adoptions. It involves a home visit, paperwork and assessments that are required by state and international laws. The intent is to ensure that adoption is in the best interest of both you and the child.
Every domestic and international program is different. Our consultants can provide you information about the amount and timing of adoption service fees.
There are many steps necessary to ensure that the child’s safety is foremost, and that the rights of child, birth parents and families are respected. Adoption costs include financial and social help for birth mothers, training for families, home studies, dossier preparation, translation, matching with a child, travel preparation, travel and finalization. Every adoption is different and has its own unique rewards and challenges.
An Open Door International Adoptions
Some families are able to adopt relative children. Other families are approved for adoption without having a child identified and wait for the foreign authorities to offer referral of a child.
Currently, you can adopt through Bulgaria, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico and Poland if you are a single woman.
This depends upon the country. Options range from one to three trips. Call 800-868-6339 to speak with an Adoption Consultant.
An Open Door provides training for adoptive parents, both in the adoption process and in parenting skills so that when you travel to adopt, you will be fully prepared with what to expect. You will also know what to look for in recognizing the physical, emotional and developmental health of any child, and you will have training and resources for dealing with issues your child may face.
We offer many wonderful Post-Adoption Resources to our domestic and international families, and work with you to identify counseling and support resources in your own areas. You may also find that connecting with other international adoptive families is helpful.
Begin Your Adoption Journey Today
Experience the magic of creating a family through adoption. Our dedicated team is here to support you every step of the way, as we match waiting families with precious children, bringing miracles into their lives.