All adoptive families enter a lengthy screening process before they are approved to adopt. They obtain criminal and child abuse clearances and medical exams, and report on their finances and family history. References are provided from people who have seen them with children and a visit is made to their home to ensure that it is safe for a child. After counselors review everything, they determine if a family is approved to adopt.
After the baby goes home with the family, their counselor continues to monitor them for a period of 6-8 months to ensure that the baby is safe and well-cared for in the family’s home. Reports about these visits are provided to the court for the adoption finalization.