You can fill out our online questionnaire or contact us. We also host information meetings twice a month where we explain what is involved in becoming licensed to adopt a child through Arms Wide. Our information meeting schedule can be found here. At information meetings, we will provide you with an application and answer any questions you may have about the process. We also provide adoption preparation classes and opportunities to meet with experienced adoptive parents. Contact us and start your journey today!
During the adoption process, we ask you for information such as five personal references; identification (such as Social Security and driver’s license numbers); copies of marriage licenses and/or divorce decrees, if applicable; medical history; proof of income and proof of medical insurance. We also do criminal background and child abuse checks. We know this may sound overwhelming, but Arms Wide staff makes this process as straightforward as possible.
You are involved from the beginning in deciding which child(ren) you adopt. You will come to our offices to learn more about specific children and view videos and photos of waiting children. This should help you identify the child(ren) you would like to consider for adoption. Once you make your decision, we will provide you with the child(ren)’s complete records to review before moving forward in the process.
How can Arms Wide Adoption Services help ensure a good match between the child(ren) and my family and a smooth transition from foster care to adoption?
We follow a specific process to ensure a positive and successful adoption experience for all involved.
- You and your family will attend our pre-service training and support groups in addition to making a family “life book” or album with photos of yourselves, your home, and significant people in your lives.
- An Arms Wide Adoption Coordinator conducts a home study to learn more about you and your family.
- The child is “introduced” to your family by viewing your “life book.”
- Visits between you and the child begin with the support of an Arms Wide adoption coordinator.
- Placement occurs, papers are signed and a transitional “ceremony” marks the move from foster care to adoption.
- For at least the next six months, the Arms Wide Adoption Coordinator visits you and the child to help with the adjustment period. You may also need help from therapists and other community resources during this transition and your Arms Wide Adoption Coordinator can help you connect with the appropriate supportive resources. Once the adoption is legally finalized, your family and the child are eligible for state-contracted post adoption services until the child is 18 years old. Arms Wide offers a full continuum of care, including free, state-contracted post adoption support to ensure adoptive families have all the tools they need to be successful once the adoption has been finalized.