Frequently Asked Questions by Adoptive Families
Below are answers to many of the most frequently asked adoption questions by adoptive families. We encourage you to reach out to A New Beginning with any additional questions or consider attending an Adopting Information Seminar. Adoption professionals are available during business hours and through out chat option on the webpage.
Am I eligible to adopt?
Each adoption program has a specific set of eligibility requirements. A New Beginning offers an Infant Adoption Program, Foster-Adopt Program and provides necessary services for International Adoptions. Between the three programs, we are searching for married couples, singles and same-sex partnership families. Families applying to one of our adoption programs must reside in Idaho or Oregon (only infant) and age requirements vary based on program and/or country. Please visit each of the program pages for the specific program requirements.
Who are the children available for adoption?
There are many children available for adoption, domestically and worldwide. A New Beginning Adoption Agency works with birth families who select an adoption plan for their baby, network with Health and Welfare Departments across the nation to help find homes for older children who can’t be reunited with their biological families and partner with various International Adoption Agencies nationwide who help place orphans ages baby – seventeen. Each of A New Beginning’s adoption programs are a little different. Please visit the program pages for more specific information.
Is there financial help for adoption expenses?
Adoption Tax Credit
Yes. There is a federal adoption tax credit available to eligible adoptive families at $13,000 per adopted child. Please connect with your accountant to verify your eligibility and to maximize the credit. For more information, visit here.
Adoption Benefits through employer
Several companies provide adoption assistance. Contact your employer’s Human Resources department.
Families have creatively raised funds through various self-hosted events or through crowd-funding. Families can Crowd-Fund by utilizing sites such as GoFundMe.
Grants are available through various resources and could include your place of employment, associations in which you are part of, bank etc. We encourage you to research and locate potential grants specific to your situation.
Home Equity Loans/Retirement Plans
Many adoptive families have been very successful when borrowing against their home and/or other assets to pay for their adoption. It’s often a lower interest rate than other convential/personal loans.
How long do we have to wait to adopt a child?
The time it takes to complete an adoption varies greatly based on specific programs selected. Variables include the length of time it takes adoptive families to complete paperwork, collect documents and finish interviews and training, the child-family matching process, state/federal/international government processing and/or the Health & Welfare committee process. Also note that the adoptive parents specific requirements for the child they adopt can impact the length of time as well.
Can the birth family change their mind?
Each state has its own laws regarding birth parents rights to change their minds. Idaho requires birth families to go to court shortly after the birth of the child to sign a document to terminate their rights. The termination of parental rights are permanent. It’s important to be honest with your adoption specialists to determine what you are comfortable with as each state is different.
How much information will I receive about the birth family?
Your adoption specialist will provide all necessary medical and social history available. Note the information provided will be the history provided by the birth family. Each adoption situation is different. Our goal is to alert adoptive families to and additional risks that may be involved, including additional financial risks.
Is a Home Study required?
State, National and International adoption programs require a Home Study. Many programs specifically require home studies to be completed by an adoption agency or the state Department of Health & Welfare.
Is training provided to help adoptive families with the adoption?
Yes. A New Beginning requires adoptive families in the Infant Program and the Foster-Adopt program to complete 12-27 hours of specific parent training. International Adoption agencies have program specific requirements and are provided by the International agency. Each of the trainings address program specific issues or potential issues and drastically impacts the success of your adoption. A New Beginning provides training four times per year. Visit our schedule for the next training date.
What is open adoption?
Open adoption is a form of adoption in which the biological and adoptive families have access to varying degrees of each other’s personal information and have an option of contact. In Open Adoption, the adoptive parents hold all the rights as the legal parents, yet the individuals of the biological and adoptive families may exercise the option to open the contact in varying forms: from just sending mail and/or photos, to face-to-face visits between birth and adoptive families. Each open adoption situation has a tailored agreement to meet the needs of both the birth family and adoptive family.