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The road to ATC Resource Family Approval
Get an overview about what it’s like to be a ATC foster or adoptive parent at one of our orientation sessions. Orientation sessions are posted on our calendar of events.
ATC provides FREE Trauma Informed RFA training. 40 hours of pre-approval training is required before approval. Specialized parenting skills are required to care for the children in our Alpha Family.
After your training is complete and all necessary paperwork and documentation is submitted to ATC, an ATC Home Study worker will call to schedule the SAFE home study visits. This process consists of the ATC home study social worker conducting two or three visits with your family, in your home and is, typically, completed within three weeks.
Fostering to Adopt a Child
There is more than one road to adoption. Have you considered that there are 1,400 children in Los Angeles County waiting to find their forever family? The process can vary slightly; however, the process typically takes 6-18 months.
1.Matching a Child and Adoptive Family
Once approved, the ATC adoption coordinator will work with your family and the contracted County adoption units to find a child in need of a family like yours!
After collaboration with the County and your family, and a decision to move forward with the match has been made, you will participate in a meeting to discuss the child’s complete history. Legally, the County must disclose all information they have regarding the child to the prospective adoptive family. After considering the information provided, and you choose to become the committed prospective adoptive family for this child, you will visit the child at his/her current resource family home or a mutually agreed upon community location. The visits may progress to overnight visits at your home, or an immediate placement, depending on the age of the child and the child’s current needs.
3.Finalization Process with the Courts
In the state of California, a child is not “freed for adoption” until a prospective adoptive family has been identified and, in most cases, living with the family. After a child is living with your family for six months, the court may move forward with terminating parental rights and you will sign adoptive placement and the court adoption process will begin. The time between beginning the adoption process and finalizing with the court will depend on several factors and can vary significantly.
Private is a great option is a wonderful option for families who wish to grow their family.
With over 25 years of experience in children’s social services, Alpha Adoption Centers is a full service Adoption Agency providing quality domestic newborn adoptions. Alpha’s adoption services are supportive and nurturing. We help guide adoptive parents and birth parents through the adoption process with sensitivity and reliability.
We understand that as a prospective adoptive parent, your process to build a family might have started some time ago. You likely have experienced many challenges along the way. Following the highest ethical standards, the knowledgeable social workers on our staff will walk you through the adoption process and answer any questions you might have. We will provide you in-depth preparation and support services. We are committed to helping adoptive parents build loving families.
Our philosophy is based on one-on-one guidance during this fragile time. We offer a unique program; a social worker to take you through the entire adoption process. We believe that adoption is not the time to feel lost.
The Home Study
The home study is the foundation of all child adoptions and is required in every state and country. It is a written, comprehensive assessment of the adoptive family. Having your home study completed by a reputable, licensed agency with experienced professional staff is critical to your process going smoothly.
Alpha has been performing various types of home studies for over 25 years. We know what documentation is expected and required. We get it right the 1st time!
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