ACCEPTANCE– when we have approved your Home Study and your file is complete you will be notified that you are ready to be matched. We will search for a birth mother who falls within your criteria.
PRESENTATION- your application should contain the information about the infant and adoption situation that you are open to and want to be presented on. We will always notify you before your profile is shown to a birth mother and disclose as much non-identifying information about the birth mother as possible including the estimated cost of the placement. You will always have the opportunity to decline being shown to a specific birth mother and that will not prevent us from asking you to be presented on others. Likewise, we will share your non-identifying info with the birth mother and the family profile you prepare.
MATCHING– once a birth mother selects you, a conference call will be set up. If all goes well on the call and all parties feel good about the match, you will have 48 hours to sign the match agreement and send the Match Fee via Wire Transfer.
DELIVERY– when your birth mother goes into labor, or an induction or Caesarean have been scheduled, you will be informed right away. If you live outside of the state the child is being born in, you will need to begin making your travel plans. Your birth mothers birth and adoption plan will determine what you will need to do next. We will be in contact with you and available to you 24/7 during the delivery process.
PLACEMENT– once your birth mother has signed her Consent to Adoption and Relinquishment of Parental Rights, we will notify you and plan for the placement. At the time of placement, you will sign placement papers and pay the remaining balance of the fees. If baby is healthy and ready to be discharged, that will happen at about 48 hours after birth. At that time, the baby will be placed in your physical custody upon leaving the hospital. If the baby requires a longer stay in the hospital, we will make sure you have full access to the infant after legal documents are signed.
ICPC– this process will begin once baby has been discharged from the hospital and medical records have been obtained by the agency. ICPC can take up to two weeks. This only applies if you reside in a different state than the baby was born.
POST-PLACEMENT– Contact your attorney so a petition for adoption can be filed. Please discuss with us where you plan to finalize so we can prepare our documents to comply with the state of finalization. You will need to schedule your post placement supervision. Brighter Adoptions requires that two supervisory visits be conducted prior to finalization.