FAQ

 
 

WHAT ADOPTION AGENCY ARE YOU WORKING WITH?

Gladney Center for Adoption. Find out more by clicking here.

WhY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK WITH GLADNEY?

We researched a number of adoption agencies and felt that Gladney best aligned with our values and viewpoints. They place a primary emphasis on maternal care both during and after the adoption, and this is extremely important to us. Making an adoption plan for your unborn child is difficult, and we want our birth parents to have access to the best resources for their own health and well-being. Gladney is also a big agency, which means we will potentially be exposed to a lot of birth parents. It’s also local (based in Fort Worth), so we are able to easily attend all of the trainings and appointments.

how long does adoption take?

There is no set time, but most adoptive parents are matched with a birth mother between 6 months and 3 years. The initial process includes lots of paperwork and background work, a home study, then matching with an expectant mother. Once we are in the “ready and waiting” status, we could get a call at any time to adopt a baby.

how much does adoption cost?

Our adoption through Gladney will cost $47,500. With other agencies costs can vary depending upon a number of factors, but the national average is between $35,000 and $100,000. Gladney is unique and has an all-inclusive fee structure set at $47,500 regardless of extra costs that may be accrued (e.g., medical complications for the mother, legal issues, etc.).

WHY DOES IT COST SO MUCH?

For a full breakdown of costs click here.

IF I GIVE FINANCIALLY WILL I GET A TAX BENEFIT?

Yes. Any gift donated through our donation page is fully tax deductible.

WE KNOW An expectant MOM or couple WHO IS looking to make an adoption plan for her/their child, CAN I CONNECT YOU TO HER?

Please do! A lot of families adopt via a personal relationship network. Send us an email at either jp.hennessy@icloud.com or rachelhennessy09@gmail.com.

WHY NOT ADOPT THROUGH FOSTER CARE?

The ultimate goal of foster care is to reunite families, not match children into new families. Foster care plays an important role in caring for children while parents are not able to, but because our goal is to adopt our own child - rather than provide a safe, temporary home for a child in crises - we decided that adopting through an agency is the appropriate path for us right now.

Any other questions?

We know you have them! If you are a friend or family member, please feel free to ask us anything - we are happy to share about any part of our adoption process. If you’re a reader who just happened upon our website, feel free to email us.