Common questions about adoption

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Who can adopt?

  • Forever Bound Adoption places children with single adults and married couples who qualify for adoption. Based on Utah Law, Forever Bound Adoption cannot place children with persons who are cohabiting in a relationship that is not a legally valid and binding marriage under the laws of Utah.
  • Applicants should be in good physical health, allowing them to raise the child to adulthood. Issues related to past and present medical problems must be addressed by the staff.
  • Applicants must have stable emotional and mental health.
  • Forever Bound Adoption provides services to all qualified applicants regardless of religious affiliation.
  • Income of the applicants should be sufficient to care for the child’s needs.
  • Throughout the adoption process, applicants must have medical insurance that will cover the child(ren).
  • A minimum of 10 hours of pre-adoption and 9 hours of post-adoption training is required for all adoptive couples.
  • Criminal background/child abuse checks of applicant(s) must not present concerns that would affect applicants’ ability to appropriately care for children.
  • Submitting an application as a client of Forever Bound Adoption does not ensure approval for placement.

What children are available?

Forever Bound Adoption provides services for the following:

We also encourage couples to consider adoption through their state FOSTER CARE systems.

Do you work with expectant parents who live out of state?

Yes, but if the birth mother is from out of state, she must be matched with an adoptive family from the State of Utah.

Do you work with adoptive parents who live outside of the state of Utah?

Yes, but they must be matched with a birth mother from the State of Utah.

How long does it take to be matched with a birth mother?

How long a couple waits for a child is dependent on two factors. The first factor is the couple themselves and how motivated they are to complete needed documents and tasks for their home study, and also how motivated they are to complete their marketing profile. The second factor has to do with the birth mother. At Forever Bound Adoption, birth parents generally choose who they would like to place their baby with. Some couples are selected quickly and some wait awhile.

What happens if the birth mother changes her mind after a match?

In the event that the birth parent(s) choose not to place their child for adoption, the amounts paid as expenses for the birth parent(s) will not be refunded to the adoptive couple, as by law, those are considered gifts. Other fees may be transferred to another potential adoption if pursued within 12 months.

How does the process work?

The first step for a new adoptive applicant is to fill out a Forever Bound Adoption application. You can APPLY TO ADOPT online. You will then be contacted by a representative of Forever Bound to set up an intake interview.

The next step is to get prepared for your Home Study. There are documents and tasks that need to be completed in order to get you prepared for a Home Study. We use an online file program called My Adoption Portal that makes this process very easy to do. When everything is completed, we will assign you a caseworker who will meet with you and write your Home Study. Upon completion of your Home Study, it will be reviewed and if accepted you will be sent a Letter of Acceptance.

At this point you will be ready to develop your adoption profile. You will be contacted by our partners at ParentFinder who will work with you to develop a unique and professional adoption profile, including digital and physical picture FlipBooks, biographies and a video.

Your completed adoption profile will be featured on the Forever Bound Adoption website, ParentFinder website, Facebook and other online sources where birth parents will see you. Forever Bound will place your physical FlipBook in hospitals, clinics, social services offices, etc. and as we get phone calls from birth parents we will show them your book.

What is an adoption home study?

The home study is an in depth evaluation of you, your family and your home. These findings are collected in a document that describes in detail who you are, where you are from, and your motivation to adopt. The home study is composed of many items. For example, results of criminal and child abuse background checks, interviews with the applicants, personal questionnaires, reference letters, a thorough home inspection and more. The home study is generally conducted by a social worker trained to evaluate and educate families about adoption related issues including readiness and preparation for the adoption experience.

How long does it take to complete a home study?

The Home Study process usually takes between 4 to 6 weeks, but the time is mostly determined by how motivated the adoptive applicants are. There are a lot of documents and tasks that need to be completed before the Home Study can begin.

Who will complete our home study?

An employee of Forever Bound Adoption, or a contractor assigned by the agency will complete your home study.

How are we going to afford the adoption?

Adoption is expensive. However, there are many resources available to you. Forever Bound Adoption offers a financial service, free of charge, to our adoptive couples to help them develop a financial plan for their adoption and to help them raise money for their adoption. This service is offered through Your Adoption Finance Coach. You might also be interested in the ideas available at www.affordingadoption.com.

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