I pulled this information off a local agency site in Miami-Dade county, FL. The steps may be the same in other counties and states, but definitely check with your local agency. I’m quite happy that I found this page as I did not receive any of this information when I called to schedule our Orientation classes. I was searching for information on classes when I stumbled upon this page. Interestingly enough, I found that other states post everything online from their class schedules, to what to expect with the process and Miami has nothing. Strange.
Even when I was speaking with the Adoption Advocate, I wasn’t given this type of timeline. She said the folks over at the Children’s Home Society would give me all the details. When I spoke to a friend in Orlando also going through foster-adoption, she showed me her schedule. Quite frankly, I was baffled that she had so much information. She said they even spoke to her at length about her and her husband and their adoption plans. Baffled. No one from the state has spoken to me so far about our plan.
2 days ago, I posted onto the Our Kids Facebook page and they’ve been in touch back and forth and just gave me the direct line and cell phone number of a person I can contact to get way more details. It’s a relief to finally have answers. I may not be fully organized in the rest of my life, but this is different. Bringing a new person (people) into our family is a huge deal and I’d think they’d want to give us too much info rather then not enough. After I speak to him, I’ll be sure to post everything I find out.
Below are 10 basic steps of adopting a child. Review these steps closely and see if adoption is right for you.
1. Attend the orientation meeting and bring the following documentation:
— Driver License
— Social Security Cards of all members in the family.
— Marriage Certificate if applicants are living together.
— Pictures of your family and your home.
2. Register for MAPP Training at 305-779-9609.
3. First adoption home visit. The visit will occur after you complete the 3rd session of MAPP training.
4. Second adoption home visit: This visit occurs after you complete the MAPP training.
5. Matching process: the adoption unit and your family gather to make a decision about the child that will best match your family.
6. Getting-to-know-process: several child studies with pictures are presented to the family.
7. A blind visit is arranged and parents meet the child in a non-challenged and friendly environment.
8. The family will interview with the selected child’s therapist, case manager , teachers, foster parents and other significant people in the child’s life.
9. The family and the case manager arrange a visit plan that gradually introduces the child to the family members, the home and their community.
10. The family and the agency agree on a placement plan that gradually moves the child into the family, their school and the community.
The family signs documentation agreeing to receive the child in their family for the purpose of adoption. The state agrees to subsidize the adoption, and provide Medicaid to cover the child’s health needs. CHARLEE shares custody with the parents for a minimum of 90 days and until both parties agree to finalize the adoption. CHARLEE also provides services to the family such as individual and family therapy to help in the process.
CHARLEE and the parents agree that the family is ready to accept permanent responsibility for the child, and they are ready to commit to such responsibility before a judge.
This and so much more can be found on the CHARLEE website.