A full array of services
ABL provides a full array of services for adoptive couples throughout the United States.
For families residing in Florida, our services include: home studies, social assessments, post-placement visits, counseling and education. For adoptive families seeking to adopt a child in a state other than where they reside, ABL will handle the Interstate Compact and coordinate legal services to ensure continuity through-out an interstate adoption.
ABL will also assist the adoptive couple in locating and communicating with a birthparent. In addition, ABL staff can assist in the preparation of “Dear Birthmother Letters” which will be shown to potential birthmothers.
Most adoptions at A Bond of Love are semi-open adoptions. A semi-open adoption usually includes an in-person meeting, but no identifying information is exchanged. The meeting is often at the office and is facilitated by an agency staff member. Arrangements may be made in a semi-open adoption for some further communication between the birthparent and adoptive family by using a non-identifying phone number or e-mail address. There is also an agreement to exchange photographs and letters, often for up to eighteen years of age. These pictures and letters are sent to the agency and we act as an intermediary to send the photographs and letters on to the birth parents. Birthparents may also send photographs and letters to the adoptive family in the same way. A written agreement is developed by the agency which will outline the birthmother’s and adoptive family’s wishes so that everyone knows what the expectations are.
There are some birthparents who will request a fully open adoption, which includes the exchange of identifying information, as well as visitation over the years. This type of adoption is optional for A Bond of Love’s adoptive families, and only families who are fully comfortable with this have their profiles shown to a birthmother who is asking for a completely open adoption.
Rarely, a birthparent will ask for a totally closed adoption. Usually this is because of confidentiality issues, and the agency will honor her request. In this situation, she can still be matched with an adoptive family of her choosing, but there will be no in-person meeting and no agreement to send photographs and letters over the years.
Of course, please feel free to contact us if you need further assistance. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you in the adoption process and in adding to your family!
The Home Study Process
The Home Study is the process that qualifies you as adoptive parents. It will seem that the pile of paper is never-ending, but this process is important to make sure that all of our precious children receive a safe and loving home. It is a tremendous responsibility that we take very seriously.
The Home Study process which qualifies you as adoptive parents includes the following: criminal background checks, reference letters, adoption education, character verification, and a home visit with an adoption counselor.
Once you have returned your application and application fee, we will work with you in completing the Home Study. If you already have a Home Study from another agency, we will need to review your Home Study and verify that it meets the legal requirements and standards of the State of Florida.
Because a Home Study is valid for only one year, it is important to submit your paperwork in a timely manner. After your Home Study has expired, it can be updated for a small fee.