Special Needs Adoption
Being a parent is a full-time job but raising a child with special needs requires overtime. Children with special needs require extra time, support, and money that not every family can provide. Yet, there are families out there who have the support, time, experience, and resources for special needs children.
Making the decision to place your child for adoption is never an easy choice. You may find yourself asking these common questions:
Is there a family who can offer my child the extra attention they require?
Yes, there are many families who have the time, support, experience, and love who are hoping to adopt a child with special needs. Every adoptive family is different and can offer your child different things. For example, some adoptive families may have a stay at home parent who has the time for the extra care your child may require. While others may have medical or educational backgrounds that have the experience and contacts for a child with special needs. We can help you find and choose the best adoptive family for your child.
Can I select an adoptive family?
Yes, we have access to families throughout the United States. You will be given family profile books so that you can choose the family best suited for you and your child.
Can I have an open adoption?
Yes, you will be assigned an adoption advocate who will help you decide what kind of contact you want with your adoptive family. You have the option for closed, semi-open, or open depending on your preference. You can decide if you want possible ongoing contact with the adoptive family and child through phone calls, social media, or agreed upon visits.
Can I get photos and updates on Child Connect until my child turns 18-year-old?
Yes, your adoptive family will register on Child Connect and provide you with pictures and updates until your child turns 18 years old.
Is counseling available through this process?
Yes, we offer lifetime adoption counseling and support.
What types of disabilities can my child have?
We can typically network for adoptive families who are specifically hoping to adopt children with special needs. Examples are Autism, Down Syndrome, Asperger Syndrome Severe Medical Conditions such as Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Cleft Lip and Palate, Asperger Syndrome, physical disabilities, deaf, blind, and other special needs.
How old can my child be to consider a special needs adoption?
This varies based on the child’s special needs.
What is my first step?
Call 1-800-216-LIFE (5433) to speak with an adoption advocate.
We are available to help 24/7. We will talk to you about your options and walk you through this process. Feel free to give us a call at 727-549-1416 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or click on text or message at the bottom right-hand side of your screen.