You’ve Got Questions. I’ve Got Answers.
Who does RG Adoption Consulting work with?
RG Adoption Consulting works with childless couples under the age of 50, who have suffered with infertility or who cannot otherwise carry a baby of their own biology and where adoption is among the only ways they will become a parent. We will work with a limited number of single women per year and we never discriminate based on race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
How long does the adoption process take?
“This is one of the most commonly asked questions and yet one of the most difficult to answer because there are so many factors involved. First, it has to be a good connection for both of you. You are choosing the right situation for you and an expectant mother is choosing the right parents for her child.
What situations you are open to makes a big difference! This includes medical, mental health, substance, and social history. How well you connect with an expectant mother through your adoption profile matters as do statistics from the agencies you are working with.
RG Adoption Consulting provides a “done with you” service as opposed to a “done for you” service. Meaning, you have to have skin in the game and there will be work that you are going to have to do in order to get you the results that we both want for you. We will guide you through our step-by-step proven Adoption Roadmap, hold your hand throughout, and do the things that we can do behind the scenes in order to put you in the best light and get you in front of as many situations as we can that are a potential perfect connection.
With that in mind, it’s our hope that you will be able to adopt your baby in less than a year. How does that sound?
How do I find the right agency?
Finding the right agency or agencies can be overwhelming for sure. It’s not always about how large or small the agency is. You want to know statistics, like how many other families are waiting with the same criteria you have, what their financial policies are and so much more. There is so much involved!
This is where RG Adoption consulting can be extremely helpful. Our model is to use multiple agencies at once for quicker matches and the right agencies for the safest match. We have a large network of agencies across the country that we have personally vetted and your consultant will put together a customized list of agencies specifically that meet your needs for the best possible match. In other words, we have done a lot of the work for you to be successful.
My biggest concern is getting a healthy baby. Is that possible?
Absolutely. It’s not only possible, but studies have shown that the majority of adopted children are healthy. When you are presented a situation, you are given a lot of information about an expectant mother such as her health, mental health, whether or not there is any substance exposure, so that you are able to make the most informed decision you can for you and your family.
It might be worth consulting with an adoption medicine expert to understand some of the risks before you start your adoption journey.
Open adoption scares me! What does it mean? And what if she changes her mind?
First, understand that a birth mother has not chosen adoption until she has terminated her rights – usually a certain number of days after the baby is born. When she chooses a parent ahead of time, that’s to say she is considering adoption and if she does go through with it, she would like you to be her child’s parent. While of course the hopeful parent would like the adoption to go through, the birth mom has every right to choose parenting herself.
If the birth mom does move forward with placing her child, she is doing so with the full understanding that she has terminated her rights forever. She does not have plans to parent down the road. I’m sure you can appreciate the excruciating decision that must be. Ultimately, she wants to know that her baby is thriving and that she made the right decision by choosing you to parent her child. That’s where openness comes in.
The word open is a trigger for a lot of people, so you are definitely not alone. Openness in adoption can range from sending pictures and letters through your agency without any identifying information to texting or phone calls with your birth mother, or it could even mean visits if that’s what you are comfortable with. That conversation starts before your baby is born and it evolves over time. I’d say the majority of adoptions now are either direct communication through phone and text and visits are becoming more and more common.
How much will adoption cost me and how will I ever afford it?
On average, you can expect your expenses for domestic agency adoption to cost roughly $45k – $60k. Now, most likely you won’t need all that money up front. However, once you apply to your agencies you want to have easy access to that money because you just never know how quickly a situation will present itself. Now, this can be the biggest hurdle for many people when it comes to adoption. How are you going to come up with all that money? There are grants available for you to apply to, but besides that people have gotten really creative with fundraisers, even crowdsourcing, or asking for family loans. If this is a concern for you, please don’t forget to ask during your inquiry call or first consultation and we can send you some resources!
Where do I even begin? What's my first step?
First, if you’ve already made your decision to start your adoption journey. Congratulations! That’s a huge first step, so now what? It’s easy! Just click the button above that says “Schedule a Consult.” You will have 15 minutes to speak with a member of our team to ask all of your questions. BUT FIRST, to save a lot of time, we ask that you please watch the video on our Contact page, which will likely answer most of your questions before the call. As your trusted advisors, our team will hold your hand through every module of the Adoption Roadmap℠ and soon you will be on your way to bringing home your baby!