Wide Horizons For Children has provided domestic adoption programs since the mid-1970s. Newborns of various races and ethnicities are available. Many applicants successfully become adoptive parents in under 18 months. Open to married couples and single individuals, including gay and lesbian applicants.
To apply to this program, you must meet the following criteria:
- Eligibility criteria are flexible. Since expectant parents choose adoptive parents, there are no set criteria with respect to age, race, marital status, sexual orientation or family composition.
- Married or unmarried heterosexual or same-sex couples, single women and men are welcome to apply.
- African-American birth parents often express a preference for African-American adoptive families. If you share this heritage with the birth family, you may have a shorter wait to become a parent.
- The Domestic Adoption program is open to families living in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Vermont and certain counties in New York.
- You must have an approved home study from Wide Horizons For Children to be eligible for this program.
Typically, children relinquished into private domestic adoption by their biological parents are newborns who join their adoptive family after discharge from the hospital or shortly thereafter. Infants placed for adoption are from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Families waiting in Wide Horizons For Children’s Domestic Adoption Program are eligible to be matched with expectant parents being counseled through this agency and through other placing entities with whom we partner.
Expectant parents review adoptive family profiles and choose the family with whom they wish to place their child. This usually occurs before the baby is born. Although wait times have ranged from as short as one day to as long as 36 months, the current wait times average 4-12 months from the time your program application is completed.
Factors that affect waiting time include:
- Flexibility about a child’s race, ethnicity and medical condition.
- Acceptance of a history of high-risk behavior, substance abuse, medical and/or mental health issues on the part of the biological parents.
- Willingness to have an open relationship with the biological family.
You will be required to travel to your child’s place of birth when the child is born, and you may need to remain in-state for two to three weeks until permission to return home is granted by state authorities.