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IDENTIFIED ADOPTIONS2018-11-09T14:23:42+00:00

Identified Adoptions

ASSISTING WITH IDENTIFIED ADOPTIONS IS THE EXACT REASON WE BECAME A LICENSED ADOPTION AGENCY YEARS AGO AND THIS IS THE PREDOMINANT TYPE OF ADOPTION CASES THAT WE SPECIALIZE IN HANDLING.

Little Flower Adoptions Identified Adoptions

Little Flower Adoptions specializes in providing agency services to your adoption situation if you have located your own birth mother and she resides in Texas.

In our state, if you want to provide a birth mother with reasonable and necessary living assistance, such as rent, utilities, groceries, hygiene products, transportation, and/or maternity clothing, you must utilize the services of a licensed adoption agency. Only a licensed agency is allowed to provide this type of assistance to birth mothers on your behalf.

We are regulated and monitored by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. This type of assistance is NOT allowed in a private/direct placement adoption that may occur with the services of an attorney’s office only. So, an agency-assisted adoption plan is preferable so that you may help your birth mother with the necessary assistance she may need. When we work your adoption case, we will assign an Adoption Specialist to work with you and the birth parents in all aspects of adoptive placement.

PLEASE CONTACT THE AGENCY FOR DETAILS IN A PRIVATE OR DIRECT PLACEMENT WHEN THE BIRTH MOTHER DOES NOT NEED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

The Process is Simple

THE PROCESS OF RETAINING OUR AGENCY IS SIMPLE.

You would just complete an agency Application and provide all support documentation, as requested in the Application. This is necessary even if you are already Home Study approved, but should be much easier for you since those documents should be accessible to you through your Home Study agency. If you reside outside of Texas, you would complete this same application process to get Texas-approved to move forward with an agency-assisted adoption. Texas requires all out of state adoptive parents to gain Texas approval to proceed with a placement in our state.

If you are not Home Study approved yet, we can assist you with this process as well (you must meet qualifying parameters as set forth by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services). Please contact us for Adoption Home Study information.

Identified Adoption Process

Adoption Costs

ADOPTION COSTS TYPICALLY INCLUDE APPLICATION FEES AND REASONABLE BIRTH MOTHER EXPENSES.

To get started, we gather our $750 Application fee (if you are not a LFA Home Study family), an Agency Retainer, and travel/incidental expenses (amounts depend on the location and due date of the birth mother). If you need a Home Study, we would also collect the home visit fee of $750. Please see our Fee Structure/Policies that is provided to all adoptive parents applying to Little Flower Adoptions for services. You will also be provided a list of fees and expenses particular to your situation upon request for the Application.

WE MEET WITH THE BIRTH MOTHER FACE-TO-FACE after you have retained us to handle your case. We will complete an initial assessment and determine what expenses are reasonable and necessary. We always try to see the birth mother before we dispense any funds for her, but sometimes this isn’t possible due to emergency situations. Once we meet with her, a budget is established and those funds are collected and placed into an escrow account.

WE ALL WORK TOGETHER TO ENSURE YOUR BIRTH MOTHER’S NEEDS ARE MET as allowed by Texas law.

Please contact us to get further information about our Identified Adoption services and to receive an Application. We look forward to working with you on your adoption journey!

Identified Adoption Costs

Frequently Asked Questions

Little Flower Adoptions specializes in adoptive parent services and birth parent services. Since we are a licensed adoption agency, we can match birth mothers with families. However, we do not advertise for birth mothers and do not keep a list of prospective adoptive families.

We specialize in IDENTIFIED ADOPTIONS, which means that adoptive parents bring us their case with an already matched birth mother. Most adoptive parents locate a birth mother either through internet advertising or the use of a matching entity.

If the birth mother resides in Texas and she needs financial assistance, then we are your agency!! Our fees are very reasonable for all of the adoption work and legal services we provide. So please, if you locate a birth mother in Texas and need help, call us!

The answer is not until the finalization portion of our case. Little Flower Adoptions will handle all of the aspects of the termination of parental rights. Licensing standards require us to let adoptive parent know that you may retain any lawyer for the finalization piece. However, we can provide you a resource for finalization in Texas that will make this process very smooth and seamless. Out of state adoptive families may also finalize the adoption in their own state, if allowable by their law. We will need to discuss this and ensure your state’s laws coincide with Texas law to make things smooth for you. The finalization adoption proceeding occurs after the expiration of 6 months of placement.

Texas law states that the birth mother (and legal/presumed father) must wait until the expiration of 48 hours after birth of the baby before she/he can execute an Affidavit of Relinquishment of Parental Rights. They do not have to sign right at 48 hours; they just may not sign this document prior to the expiration of 48 hours from baby’s birth. Once they execute such a document, then it is (basically) IRREVOCABLE, meaning he/she cannot voluntarily change his/her mind and ask for the return of the child. So, the time for the birth parents to decide on their adoption plan is during pregnancy and up until it’s time to sign the Relinquishment documents. (Please speak with an adoption attorney or agency staff for further details related to the signing and revocability of such documents.)

Non-legal biological fathers (meaning unmarried to the birth mother) of the baby can execute an Affidavit of Waiver of Interest in Child prior to the birth of the baby. He does not have to wait until birth of the child.

It is important to choose a reputable, experienced agency to handle your placement. You will want to ensure that ethical practices are used in the working of your adoption case to preserve the integrity of the placement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Little Flower Adoptions specializes in adoptive parent services and birth parent services. Since we are a licensed adoption agency, we can match birth mothers with families. However, we do not advertise for birth mothers and do not keep a list of prospective adoptive families.

We specialize in IDENTIFIED ADOPTIONS, which means that adoptive parents bring us their case with an already matched birth mother. Most adoptive parents locate a birth mother either through internet advertising or the use of a matching entity.

If the birth mother resides in Texas and she needs financial assistance, then we are your agency!! Our fees are very reasonable for all of the adoption work and legal services we provide. So please, if you locate a birth mother in Texas and need help, call us!

The answer is not until the finalization portion of our case. Little Flower Adoptions will handle all of the aspects of the termination of parental rights. Licensing standards require us to let adoptive parent know that you may retain any lawyer for the finalization piece. However, we can provide you a resource for finalization in Texas that will make this process very smooth and seamless. Out of state adoptive families may also finalize the adoption in their own state, if allowable by their law. We will need to discuss this and ensure your state’s laws coincide with Texas law to make things smooth for you. The finalization adoption proceeding occurs after the expiration of 6 months of placement.

Texas law states that the birth mother (and legal/presumed father) must wait until the expiration of 48 hours after birth of the baby before she/he can execute an Affidavit of Relinquishment of Parental Rights. They do not have to sign right at 48 hours; they just may not sign this document prior to the expiration of 48 hours from baby’s birth. Once they execute such a document, then it is (basically) IRREVOCABLE, meaning he/she cannot voluntarily change his/her mind and ask for the return of the child. So, the time for the birth parents to decide on their adoption plan is during pregnancy and up until it’s time to sign the Relinquishment documents. (Please speak with an adoption attorney or agency staff for further details related to the signing and revocability of such documents.)

Non-legal biological fathers (meaning unmarried to the birth mother) of the baby can execute an Affidavit of Waiver of Interest in Child prior to the birth of the baby. He does not have to wait until birth of the child.

It is important to choose a reputable, experienced agency to handle your placement. You will want to ensure that ethical practices are used in the working of your adoption case to preserve the integrity of the placement.

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