1. Make an Inquiry
Call Family Builders of Catawba Valley at 465-8901 to ask about our adoption program. If you are interested in additional information, plan to attend the next Information Meeting held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Catawba County Social Services Family Services Center, at 6:00 PM. (Schedule)
2. Complete Preparation Sessions
Attend the Information Meeting and complete a Data and Inquiry Sheet indicating your interest and sign up for an interview with a social worker.
Participation in GPS-MAPP (Group Preparation & Selection-Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) is the next step in preparing for adoption. This consists of 36 hours of preparation for adoptive and/or foster parents. This preparation series will help you identify your family's strengths and needs as well as provide the information you need to make decisions about the type of child(ren) you can parent. At the end of your GPS-MAPP sessions, you will decide whether to apply to adopt.
3. Complete the Preplacement Assessment
The Preplacement Assessment is a series of family consultations with a social worker to help you understand both the adoption process and your responsibilities as an adoptive parent. (Details)
4. Work with Your Social Worker to Find the Right Match
Once your preplacement assessment is completed,
your social worker works to find a child or sibling
group whose needs can be met in your family
5. Visit With Your Child(ren)
Once a child has been identified, you begin
visits with the child to get to know each other.
The type and number of visits will depend on
the age(s) of the child(ren) and their situation.
6. Bring Your Child(ren) Home
Building your family through adoption will take
time and require patience, tolerance and love.
Your social worker will be there to help and
support you in this process.
7. Supervisory Period
North Carolina law requires at least three to
six months of supervision in the adoptive home
before the adoption process can be completed.
During this time, your social worker will visit
you in your home to provide support and assistance.
8. Legalize the Adoption in Court
It is recommended that an attorney be retained
for filing the legal proceedings. The legal fees are
arranged between the adoptive parents and their
attorney. For some children funds are available to
help families pay for one time adoption expenses,
such as legal fees. Subsidy may also be available
for families who adopt a special needs child.
Once the legal process is completed, you
assume full legal rights and obligations for
the child's care.