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(aka Domestic and/or Infant Adoption)
Prospective parents choose this path if they desire to parent a child from birth and do not want the possibility of having a child, they parented for an unlimited amount of time be reunified with birth family. There is a substantial fee for private adoption and there is no financial assistance once a child is adopted. You can adopt through private adoption regardless of your age, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Some families pursue both the private adoption and fost-adopt paths to increase their chances.
Our current services include :
Free Orientation & Information Sessions
Home Study Services
Hosted Online Profiles for our Prospective Adoptive Parents
Counseling and Support for Birth Parents
Birth Parent Advisement
Birth Parent Relinquishments
Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) services
Post Placement Supervision
Preparation of Court Documents
Post Adoption Services
Cooperative Adoptions with Attorneys and Facilitators
Adoption Service Provider (ASP)
While AFFI counsels birth mothers on an adoption plan and works with several adoption attorneys, facilitators, local hospitals, and maternity clinics, AFFI does NOT provide active birth mom seeking or matching services for adoptive parents. AFFI only works with birth parents who request our services.
Who is a Resource (Foster) Parent?A Resource (Foster) Parent is someone who provides a temporary safe, stable, and loving home for a child or children. You will help them reunite with their birth parents or family member when the family problems have been resolved. Being a foster parent is a major responsibility. KFAM provides personal training, support, financial and medical assistance to foster parents.
Am I Eligible to Become a Resource (Foster) Parent?Flexibility, a sense of humor, willingness to grow and learn, and a commitment to provide a safe, stable, nurturing, and loving home for a child. You may be single, married, divorced, or living with a partner. You may live in an apartment or house, as long as you have enough room for the child. No minimum income is required, but you must be able to support yourself. For working parents, appropriate childcare arrangements need to be made. You may be of any race, ethnicity, culture religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
What Resources Are Available?Personal Support Your social worker will prepare, train, and support you through the foster preparation process. You will also be connected with community resources that you might need. If you choose to adopt a child, post-adoptive services are available to all adoptive families. Financial/Medical Support You will receive medical and dental coverage for your child, as well as monthly financial support until the child is 18. Also, if a child has mental health and/or medical needs, increased foster and adoption assistance payments are available.
What is the Application Process?There is no fee to become a Resource Parent (Foster and/or Adoptive Parent). With a completed application, it takes about 3-6 months to go through the process; but remember everyone’s situation is different and therefore timeframes will vary. Once you are approved, the type of child who you want to parent will affect how quickly a child can be placed with you. If you would like more information about becoming a Resource (Foster) parent, please do not hesitate to call us at (213) 389-6755.
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