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.
The training and approval process provided my husband and me with the opportunity to talk through “what if?” scenarios and helped us to avoid surprises when placement happened. It gave us time to clue in our family and friends about the changes that were going to happen in our life. I’m also grateful for the time to get to know the COBYS staff prior to having any children in our home.
– COBYS Resource Parent Laura