Families Urgently Needed!
You can adopt a newborn through this program, and have the opportunity for an open relationship with your child's biological family. Children of all races and ethnicities are available, and eligibility criteria and flexible. Families are especially needed for African-American children. You must have an approved home study from WHFC to be eligible for this program. Subsidies may be available for eligible children.
WHFC has helped place close to 900 children with loving families through this program. With three different placement options available, many applicants are successful in becoming adoptive parents, often in much less time than it takes to adopt internationally.
Children Who Need Families
Children relinquished into private domestic adoption by their biological parents are typically newborns who join their adoptive family after discharge from the hospital or shortly thereafter. It is rare for children over age 1 to be available for placement. Infants placed for adoption are from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds.
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 WHFC US / Domestic Adoption Program is open to families living in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and certain counties in New York. Call us to see if we serve your area!
Openness to Adoption
We work with birth and adoptive parents to create a plan for openness that meets the expectations of both sets of families. We encourage both parties to have at least one meeting prior to the birth of the child when possible. Plans range from the sharing of photographs and letters once a year, to email correspondence and connecting through social media, to visits and ongoing contact after the child is placed.
Program Options: Three Pathways to Placement
We offer three "pathways to placement" for adoptive families:
- With direct-service adoptions, we provide counseling services for expectant parents considering an adoption plan who select the family with whom they wish to place their child based on adoptive parent profiles
- With agency-assisted adoptions, adoption professionals from across the country contact us seeking adoptive parent profiles to present to expectant parents for whom they do not have an appropriate family
- With parent-initiated adoptions, adoptive parents use WHFC for home study and post-placement services only and work with a placing resource of their choice
Information You Can Expect to Receive
WHFC shares all information we obtain on the biological parents. We request current medical records from service providers, and obtain self-reports from the biological parents on their medical and social background.
Estimated Wait Times for a Referral
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, but does happen after the birth of a child on occasion. Although wait times have ranged from as short as 1 day to as long as 36 months, the current wait times are averaging 1-12 months from the time your home study is completed through the arrival of your child. Factors that affect waiting time include how flexible you are with respect to the child’s race, ethnicity and medical condition, whether you will accept a history of high-risk behavior, substance abuse, medical and/or mental health issues on the part of the biological parents, and/or your 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 may need to remain in-state for 2-3 weeks until permission to return home is granted by state authorities.
Please download our information packet for a comprehensive list of fees and other important information on all WHFC adoption programs.
How to Get Started
We invite you to learn more about our US Program by viewing our program presentation. If you have registered with us, complete your application as soon as possible to begin the process. If you are not a current WHFC client, register online today.
WHFC Domestic Program Staff
Contact us for more information. We look forward to working with you!
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