5787 S. Hampton Rd. Ste 480
Dallas, TX 75232-2255

(214) 337-9979

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There are several stages an adoptive parent(s) must complete to be ready for their adopted child. These stages will help each parent become more prepared, knowledgeable, and confident in their parenting skills.

The adoption process will offer each adoptive parent a place to learn more about themselves, birth families, and children waiting for their family. The adoption process to complete while waiting for your child(ren) is as follows:

  • Orientation: During the orientation, general information will be provided about the adoption process. In addition, the future adoptive families will be informed about the philosophy and vision of Children and Family Institute, as well as the policies and procedures involved in the adopting process. If the adoptive parents wish to proceed further with this agency, they will receive a packet of informational materials to review.

  • Training: The adoptive training is designed to help prospective parents assess their readiness to adopt and learn new parenting skills. Parents wishing to adopt TDFPS (State Children) will have to attend 20 hours of training individually and/or in a group setting. Parents adopting infants from CFI will attend 8 hours of training in a group or individual setting. Additional training maybe required to meet your child’s individual needs.

  • Home Study: During this process a family profile will be developed. Each adoptive parent will participate in a series of interviews, together and individually, designed to meet and exceed state licensing requirements. Discussions with a adoption caseworker will cover: a parent’s motivation to adopt, the type of child(ren) they wish to adopt, health status, marital and family relationships, views regarding parenting, childhood experiences and relationships, financial situations, sensitivity to children experiencing separation and loss, sensitivity toward birth parents, sensitivity to different socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic groups, etc.

  • Selection Process: A search begins for the child being requested by the adopting family. During this process, the adopting parents will decide if a child is right for their family. Before beginning the selection process, each adoptive family has decided to have their home study considered for and submitted to Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS), or matched with a birth mother for infancy adoptive placement. With infancy adoptive placements, there are three types of adoptions the family can decide to accept (open, semi-open, and closed adoption) based on each of their comfort levels (see adoption types).

  • Presentation: During a presentation, information regarding the adoptive child’s and birth parent’s background is presented to the adopting family (e.g., medical, psychological, and social history, and school records).

  • Pre-placement: If the family decides to parent the child(ren), pre-placement visits will be arranged and scheduled. The types and length of pre-placement visits will vary depending on each child’s age, needs, and location of each family member in the placement.

  • Supervisory Placement: This is a six month supervisory period in which the child lives in the home of their permanent family. Monthly contacts are made by the adoption caseworker to help all family members with their adjustment and attachment needs and provide any assistance needed with counseling, support, guidance, and referrals for all family members in the adoption process.

  • Consummation: During the finalization of the adoption process, the adopting families will need to select an attorney and file a petition to adopt. The adoption caseworker can assist the family in obtaining an attorney knowledgeable in state and infancy adoption law. Once the judge signs an adoption decree, the adopting family is able to receive a new birth certificate and social security number. Congratulations!

  • Post-Adoption Services: Free post adoption services for an adoption placement from Texas Department of Family and Protective Services will be offered through Lutheran Social Services. Post adoption services for domestic infant placements with CFI may be offered with a nominal fee. Children and Family Institute provides on-going services to families who have made an adoption plan with this agency, children adopted through this agency, the adoptive families adopting from the state. These services may include facilitating on-going contact with the birth parents, providing updated information regarding social and medical history of a birth parent, or providing counsel to parents as they are confronted with adoption issues while parenting their child. Referrals to other community resources will also be provided.
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