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HOPING TO ADOPT

adopted siblings – AdoptionGateway.org

Looking to expand your family through adoption?

Gateway Woods Family Services is a licensed non-profit child placing in the state of Indiana and Illinois and is fully accredited for domestic and international adoption following the guidelines of our Hague Accreditation.

The Indiana Adoption Program provides quality and affordable adoption services to persons living in central to northern Indiana. We desire adoptive families who will raise an adoptive child in a Christ-centered home. This means bringing light and order to a child’s life in the place of darkness. Our goal is to make the adoption experience a true blessing to your family by walking through the process with you.

When it comes to experience our Adoption Manager has over 20 years of experience and the Adoption Case Managers have over 30 years of combined experience in adoption and with troubled children. As a smaller agency, we are able to offer personalized services with a focus on quality. We take inquiries directly by phone so we can initially answer your questions about adoption and we interview each prospective adoptive family individually to directly answer your questions and concerns about adoption. We carefully match a child with his/her prospective adoptive parents keeping the child and family’s best interest in mind. We provide training, support and resources for you and your child after placement. Please fill out the form below if you would like more information.

Adoption Service Fees

Domestic

  • Home Study & Adoption Training $1,600 (fees include 100 miles round trip)
  • Home Study Update $100/hour + travel (maximum fee of $800 includes 100 miles round trip)
  • Post Placement Visit & Report $225 (fees include 100 miles round trip)
  • Placement Fee 12% of annual income (minimum charge of $15,000; maximum charge of $20,000, excluding birth mother expenses listed in #5 on the Placement Agreement)

International

  • Home study & Adoption Training $1,950 (fees include 100 miles round trip)
  • Home Study Update $110/hour + travel (maximum fee of $975 includes 100 miles round trip)
  • Post placement Visit & Report $325 (fees include 100 miles round trip)
  • Second Adoption Home Study $975 (fees include 100 miles round trip)

Other Charges

  • Mileage is charged at the current IRS rate•
  • Expedited home study fee: $300 (rough draft less than 30 days from home visit or last home study interview date).

Adoption Documents

International Adoption

In 2013 Gateway Woods Adoption Program earned Hague Accreditation meaning we can complete home studies and post adoption services for any country in the world that places children in the United States for adoption. For more information on the accrediting organization please visit the Department of State’s website and COA’s website. If you would like more information please fill out form below.

The Adoption Program offers the following services for international adoption:

      • Free Initial Consultation
      • Information on Countries to Adopt from & Adoption Placement Agencies
      • Preparation & Education for Adoption Including Cultural Issues
      • Home Studies
      • Post Placement Support, Supervision & Reports

Domestic Adoption

The Indiana Adoption Program provides adoption services to adoptive families from Indiana only but places infants or children from Indiana and adjoining states in adoptive homes. If you would like more information please fill out form below.

The Adoption Program offers the following services for domestic adoption:

      • Free Initial Consultation
      • Preparation & Education for Adoption Including Cultural Issues
      • Home Studies
      • Matching Infants/Children or Birth Parents with Adoptive Families
      • Counseling Services Available for Birth Parents Placing Their Child for Adoption
      • Help Obtain Housing & Other Services Needed by Birth Parents
      • Placement of Infants & Children
      • Post Placement Support, Supervision & Court Reports

Common Questions

What are the requirements for adopting through Gateway Woods?

Personal Commitment to Jesus Christ and actively involved in a church. Mature Christian couple married at least 2 years and at least 21 years of age and a stable income. Stable and loving environment with a real love and commitment to children. Meet the Indiana state adoption standards and child’s country of origin standards (international adoption).

What is a home study and do we need to know if we are adopting domestically or internationally to start the process?

A home study is an evaluation of your family to make sure you have the right motives to adopt, are a stable, loving family for a child, have adequate space and a safe home for a child, and have the abilities to parent the child you desire to adopt especially a child with special needs. You do not have to know if you are adopting domestically or internationally to start the process as we can give you information to help you make this decision and the paperwork for the home study is essentially the same for domestic or international adoption.

Is it better to adopt internationally or domestically?

One is not better than the other but international adoption is a better match for some families and domestic adoption is a better match for other families. For international adoption the adoptive family must have an interest and desire to learn about other cultures, be willing to adopt a toddler or older child or a sibling group, be willing to travel to their child’s country of origin, be willing to complete extensive paperwork, and have patience after placement for their child’s transition to a new culture, language, and living situation. For domestic adoption the adoptive family must desire to adopt a newborn infant, be willing to be involved and minister to the birth parents, and understand that the birth mother may change her mind about adoption placement.

What is the most popular country to adopt from and why?

China is the most popular country as there are so many special needs children available from infancy to teens, and from mild correctable special needs to severe special needs. China’s adoption program is also very stable with most children receiving loving care, and only involves one trip of 10-14 days for placement.

international adoption map – AdoptionGateway.org

International Adoption vs. Domestic Adoption

One is not better than the other but international adoption is a better match for some families and domestic adoption is a better match for other families. For international adoption the adoptive family must have an interest and desire to learn about other cultures, be willing to adopt a toddler or older child or a sibling group, be willing to travel to their child’s country of origin, be willing to complete extensive paperwork, and have patience after placement for their child’s transition to a new culture, language, and living situation. For domestic adoption the adoptive family must desire to adopt a newborn infant, be willing to be involved and minister to the birth parents, and understand that the birth mother may change her mind about adoption placement.

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