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Each relationship between adoptive parents and birth parents after placement is unique and nuanced. In most cases today, there is some degree of openness. Current research makes it clear that Adoptees do better when they better understand where they came from and why they were placed for adoption. Birth parents are better able to process their grief when they maintain some degree of connection with their birth child and his or her family.
Most of Gladney’s post-adoption relationships today involve regular exchanges of photos and updates between birth parents and adoptive parents and a yearly visit.
Families create a profile book as well as an online profile that shares information about their family with expectant parents. Most of the time, expectant parents work with their caseworker to determine what they are looking for in the child’s adoptive family. Our team pulls a cultivated selection of profile books of families that could be a great match. We determine which families to send by selecting longest waiting families that have potential to be an excellent match.
Additionally, expectant parents have the freedom to peruse profile of all of the families who opt in online. More and more families are matched this way each year.
Gladney requires that families be open to a child of either sex. We do, however, work with families to determine which children they are well equipped to parent. We will work with families open to a variety of factors in an expectant parents’ backgrounds.
While the infants in this program are typically healthy with no or limited identified present medical needs, we frequently place children who have some substance exposure in utero. Additionally, we place children whose birth parents have a variety of diagnoses in their mental and physical health backgrounds.
Because this is a voluntary adoption program, most of the time, a birth family makes a plan for a child during pregnancy or shortly after birth. While we do place toddlers occasionally, it is not as common for a family to choose adoption for a child that they are parenting.
All families pay an all-inclusive fee of $55,000. You can learn about what services are included under this fee here.
It is very rare. The team at Gladney does all that we can to ensure that our adoptions are legally secure as quickly as possible. We work hard to ensure that families understand the degree of legal risk to a potential match and they have the option to decide whether or not they are comfortable with the level of anticipated legal risk.
There are many layers to our daughter Olivia’s adoption... We just knew our number one goal was for Olivia to be a proud Black woman, and this included loving her skin color and hair... Olivia is 10 years old. She is a proud Black girl, and she will tell you just that. She loves the richness of her skin color and her bouncy curls, and she knows she comes from a line of strong and resilient people...We are constantly evolving and becoming better parents to our children, no matter how many layers their adoption presents...We are so fortunate to have a great support system of friends and family and our Gladney community... Jessica - Gladney Mom