Through its Infant Adoption program, COBYS Family Services guides families through the adoption process from start to finish. Services include thorough training to prepare families for adoption; careful placements that take into consideration the interests of adoptive parents, birth parents, and child; and careful attention to legal details. COBYS works with adoptive families to determine what level of openness is appropriate for their specific situation. Examples of openness can include meeting the birth parents, providing photographs to the birth parents, receiving medical history of birth parents, exchanging e-mails, and ongoing contact as the child grows.
Adoptive families are responsible for expenses associated with an infant adoption, but grants, loans, and tax credits can help defray these costs. If due to cost or other factors, an infant adoption is not right for your family, COBYS also offers Foster Care Adoption of children in the foster care system through the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN). Children adopted through either avenue share a common need for a stable, loving family.
[Pre-service training] opened up a wide range of topics that were quite applicable to our current life as foster parents. Training was very helpful as it made us more aware of the complexities that can arise when dealing with children (and birth parents) from difficult situations. We really liked hearing other foster families come in and discuss their experiences. – COBYS Resource Parents Austin and Cathy