Adoption Programs


Family & Children’s Agency has been placing U.S. born children with their forever families for nearly 50 years. 

 

Domestic Adoptions


Our program reflects current adoption thought, which maximizes the participation of the adoptive parent and the birth parent in decision-making. We will help families put together a personal adoption profile, that will assist a birth family in learning more about the adoptive families. The birth family will be shown profiles as they work with our specialized counselors to plan for the adoption of their baby. Servicing the emotional and medical needs of the birth parents (through medical care, insurance assistance and counseling) is our first priority. Ultimately these services work to meet the needs of all parties in the adoption process. 

There are no waiting lists and placements are based off of a mutual choice between the birth parents and the adoptive parents. We believe that a waiting list is not responsive to the needs of the birth parents, adoptive parents, or the child.


Our adoption social workers and birth parent counselors work closely with prospective adoptive parents and the birth parents to:

  • Answer questions about a face-to-face meeting
  • Facilitate the exchange of information at a level comfortable for you
  • Arrange interim care if needed
  • Arrange for the baby’s placement into the adoptive home
  • Provide comprehensive services to birth parents during and after the adoption process
  • Ensure that all parties legal rights are protected

 

Program Details:

Children Available Newborns
Cost Please see our Fee Schedule and reach out to us directly with any specific questions.
Parents' Age We do not have specific age limits, however, keep in mind that birth parents select the applicant and may have certain preferences for age.
Marriage All applicants will be considered
Same Sex Couples May adopt
Divorcees May adopt
Singles May adopt
Families with Children May adopt
Time frame Varies as there are many different factors that may go into the birth parents’ decision.

Travel Requirements

None
Special Features of FCA's ProgramWe do not use a chronological waiting list. Placements are made on the basis of mutual choice. In Connecticut, our staff is able to arrange for the completion of the necessary documents to finalize an adoption. We provide advice with networking and advertising, should you wish to do it. Experienced birth parent counselors provide feedback and support as you go through the process of selecting a birth parent.

For more information about “open” and “closed” adoptions and choosing a birth mother, read our Frequently Asked Questions.

South Korea Adoptions


Family & Children’s Agency began adoptions in South Korean in 1982 and since, has placed more than 3,000 children with their forever families throughout the United States. Our program holds an active Hague Accreditation through the Council on Accreditation since 2008. 

Experts in South Korean Adoptions

The Agency’s work in South Korea is anchored by a collaborative relationship with Social Welfare Society, (SWS) Inc., one of three private child placement agencies in South Korea. SWS's professionalism and social work process ensures that infants are nurtured in private foster care and receive regular medical attention of the highest quality. We have found that SWS gives exceptional services to the birth mothers and infants in their care. Our staff visits the foster and baby reception homes affiliated with our programs in South Korea at least once a year.

Family & Children’s Agency provides South Korean adoptive families an opportunity to attend an annual Korean Roots Tour. This tour is in partnership with Spence-Chapin Adoption Services and Americans for International Aid and Adoption (AIAA). The tour occurs every July and provides an opportunity for families that have adopted from Korea to travel back and immerse themselves in the Korean culture with their children.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please reach out to Darlene Cirilli, South Korea Program Coordinator for an updated brochure.

Program Details:

Children Available Infant boys and girls (more boys than girls are available for Korean adoption); usually arriving in the U.S. approximately at 15 to 21 months of age. 
Important Note: The infant’s gender may not be specified for first adoption.
Cost Please see our Fee Schedule and reach out to us directly with any specific questions.
Parents' Age Couples between the ages of 25 and 44 and 11 months (at the time of paperwork submission to SWS)
Marriage Must be married for at least three (3) years
Divorce May apply if only one divorce by either applicant
Singles Not eligible 
Families with Children Up to four children in the home
Other Requirements Korea has strict requirements related to physical health, mental health, and your body mass index. Please contact Family & Children’s Agency for a full list of requirements and to be pre-screened.
Time frame Families are receiving referrals approximately 1-12 months after their home study packet is received by SWS. Families travel to Korea to receive their children 9-12 months from the time of accepting their child’s referral.

Travel Requirements to Korea

Families are required to travel twice to Korea. The first trip will be for a court hearing, the second trip is to take custody of the child and attend a Visa hearing. Each trip is approximately 1-week long. During these trips they will meet their child, child’s caseworker and foster parents.
Special Features of FCA's ProgramChildren are in individual foster care (not orphanages) while they await adoption. Each referral contains some medical information on the child. If requested by a physician, additional information may be able to be obtained. We provide educational classes focusing on raising children born in Asia. Family & Children’s Agency provides an annual Roots Tour for adoptive families to travel back to Korea. 

 

The Korean Adoption Process:

Connecticut and New York residents should apply for a home study with Family & Children’s Agency.

Out-of-state adoptive parents need to obtain a home study from a licensed, Hague Accredited agency in their state. We will assist you in finding an appropriate agency.

Once the home study is completed, parents will apply to (USCIS) United States Citizenship and Immigration Service for permission to bring a child into the U.S.

This involves obtaining and filing the I-600 A Form and arranging for a fingerprinting appointment. Our agency assists you with this step and makes sure you feel prepared and organized.

Family & Children’s Agency will send your home study packet to SWS in Korea. The waiting time for a referral is 1 to 12 months.

Families receive medical and social history on the child and the birth family, as well as photos of the child.

After you accept your referral, you can expect to travel for your first visit in approximately 1 to 12 months; however, this time frame can vary. Our Korea program staff provides extensive preparation for each step of the travel process.

Follow-up support for the family will be provided by the home study agency in the family’s state of residence. This consists of four post-placement visits over a 1 year period to help with the child's adjustment.


If you are interested in learning more about this program, please reach out to Darlene Cirilli, South Korea Program Coordinator for an updated brochure.


 

Foster Care Adoptions


Family & Children’s Agency has worked cooperatively with Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) for more than 30 years. Our work with DCF helps children who have had a difficult start in life join a family who can offer the stability, attention, and love that they need and deserve. There are children of all ages but the majority of children are typically in the 0-5 age range and about half are part of a sibling group.


Program Details:

Children Available Children of all ages, races and cultural backgrounds are currently in foster care awaiting permanent families. However, we place majority of children in the 0-5 age range. About ½ are part of a sibling group.
Cost Please see our Fee Schedule and reach out to us directly with any specific questions.

 

Parents' Age Family & Children’s Agency does not have specific age limits, but DCF Permanency Teams choose the families for each child and may have ideas about age ranges for the adoptive parent(s) of a particular child.
Marriage All applicants will be considered
Same Sex Couples May adopt
Divorce May adopt
Singles May adopt
Families with Children May adopt
Time frame Varies as there are many different factors that go into the matching of children and families, but foster care adoption is normally no longer than 12 months. 
Residence This program is open to residents of Connecticut only

Travel Requirements

None

Program Process:

 

Family & Children’s Agency staff are well versed on Foster Care Adoptions in the state of Connecticut. We are there to help you throughout the process.The home study process includes individual and group education about adopting children who have backgrounds of abuse and neglect.

After completing the home study, Family & Children’s Agency works to register prospective families with the Adoption Resource Exchange (ARE).

As DCF social workers register children on their caseload who need adoptive families, the ARE will send out all of the home-studies of prospective families who could be a match for the child. The home study process typically takes 3-6 months.

Family & Children’s Agency helps the adoptive family obtain as much background information on the child and his or her birth family as they can.

After a visiting period where the child and family can become more familiar with each other, placement takes place. Visitation typically occurs over about a two-week period.

Post placement services are provided through DCF or Family & Children’s Agency to support the child and family.

Complete a Home Study


No matter which type of adoption you choose to pursue, all prospective adoptive parents must have a home or family study completed to proceed with an adoption plan. The home study process involves adoptive-parent specific education and preparation and gathering of required information about the prospective adoptive parents.


The Home Study Process: When Adopting From Inside CT And NY


Family & Children’s Agency can provide home study services for Connecticut and New York residents.

An adoption home study is not a study of your home as the name may lead. The home study is a document that is required by you residential state, the state in which you plan to adopt, Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and all international countries. Your completed home study signifies that you and your partner are approved prospective adoptive parents by our agency, a licensed child-placing agency in CT and NY.

Family & Children’s Agency’s home study process involves a dialogue between prospective adoptive parents and our trained, experienced adoption professionals. It is a time for answering your questions and providing individualized support. Our adoption professionals also offer:

  • Pre-adoptive counseling to help you select the best adoption plan for you
  • Educational opportunities to help you prepare to be an adoptive parent
  • Individualized assistance in creating a personal adoption profile to be reviewed by prospective birth parents (Domestic Adoption only)
  • Unique references to books and webpages on adoption for you and your child

 

Family & Children's Agency requires that all potential adoptive families:

  • Attend two meetings in one of our offices
  • Have one visit at your home
  • Attend Adoption 101  (a 6-hour day of adoption education and training provided by agency social work staff, adult adoptees and families who have successfully FCA's adoption process.)

 

Important Note: If you are considering international adoption, these requirements may vary based on the country you choose to adopt from.

 

If you are interested in one of our adoption programs, call or e-mail us directly to discuss your situation. We will help to put you in touch with an agency in your state that has experience conducting home studies for international or domestic adoptions.
An international home study must comply with the Immigration standards of the country you are choosing to adopt from, so that the adoptive parent can obtain a visa to bring a child into the U.S. The home study must also comply with the particular requirements of the foreign country that you choose to adopt from. If you are planning on adopting through our Korea program, your local agency will do your home study according to the regulations of your state. During that process, a Program Coordinator at Family & Children’s Agency will be working with you on your dossier. Post-placement support is done by the agency in your state.
A domestic home study must comply with your state’s standards, as well as the standards of Connecticut and/or New York in the case of an interstate placement.


Important Note: Only agencies who are licensed and accredited, such as Family & Children’s Agency, can make child placements. Family & Children’s Agency, has the resources to legally transfer a specific child from the biological parent to the adoptive parent or SWS in South Korea to the adoptive parent.


Post-placement Services


After home study completion and when a child placed in your home, you will begin the post-placement process of your adoption. The agency that completed your home study is the same agency that will complete your post-placement reports. These reports vary in frequency and length based on adoption location. Each country and state has their own post-placement report requirements.

Even after your post-placement reports are completed and your adoption in finalized, Family & Children’s Agency is always available to support you. We provide the following services and resources:

  • Support and confidential counseling as your child grows
  • Annual social events and educational seminars
  • Agency newsletters, notices of workshops, play group networking, and parent activities
  • Post Adoption Support


    AAP

    Family & Children’s Agency works with the Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) at the University of Connecticut Health Center to offer post-adoption support to families.

    The Adoption Assistance Program is a confidential assessment, brief counseling and referral service available to all adoptive families.

    The AAP recognizes adoption is a lifelong process and while it is a wonderful way to build a family, families may face challenges. If you have a simple question or are seeking support around something more difficult, AAP is available to help.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AAP

    For more information on the Adoption Assistance Program, visit the AAP web site or call (877) 679-1961.