The CONNECT Program
About the CONNECT Program
The CONNECT Program was created to help children who have previously been adopted into a home where the family and/or child were unable to adjust and move forward together as a healthy family. Our first step in working with families in the CONNECT program is to help provide the family resources to avoid a disruption or dissolution. In the US about 10-25% of adoptions are disrupted, but sometimes, despite a family’s best efforts, they must face the difficult decision to find a new adoptive family for their child. This decision is made in love and for the best interest of the child. CAN wants to support this loving decision and help children find the forever family that will help them reach their fullest potential.
The CONNECT program works to “connect” adoptive families and their child with another adoptive family to parent and love the child. CAN’s role is to provide resources and support to families who are facing the difficult decision to disrupt or dissolve their adoption. In the event it is in the child’s best interest to be placed with another family, CAN facilitates the matching process of the placing and prospective adoptive families and advocates for the children. We also help “connect” families with an experienced attorney who can handle all the legal paperwork associated with a direct consent adoption. CAN will work with both sets of parents to legally ensure the child goes to a family who is carefully evaluated and best prepared to care for their needs.
If you are an adoptive family needing post-adoption support and are facing challenges with your child’s adoption transition, please contact us today at (512)323-9595 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our adoption counselors are standing by to help guide and support your family.
If you are interested in learning more about adopting a child from our CONNECT program, you can learn more about the adoption process below and contact us via email for more information.
Children available for adoption through the CONNECT Program can be of any age, but are typically children over the age of 4. In many cases, these children have special emotional needs and need a parent who is prepared to guide them through these needs. Children we match through this program will have a profile already on file with CAN and have been brought to us by their current adoptive parents. We will work with each potential adoptive family to ensure they are a good match for a specific child in this program.
The Children available for adoption through the CONNECT program may fall into one or more of the categories below.
Families considering adopting a child from this program will have access to the child’s background information, including original referral information, current and past medical reports, psychological reports and school records. In most cases, additional information is available upon request.
A unique feature of the CONNECT program is that the current adoptive parent, or “placing parent”, selects the family they deem as the best match for their child, with support from CAN’s adoption counselors. However, the families who are best suited for this program are experienced parents who are resourceful and know that they must be prepared to parent a child with special emotional needs, including supporting them with professional help if necessary.
Children of All Nations has developed minimum adoption eligibility requirements to adopt through our CONNECT program. If you feel you are not eligible to adopt from our CONNECT program or you are unsure, we may be able to work with you. Please contact us for a free case-by-case consultation regarding your private adoption.
Once your family has a completed home study that has been approved by CAN, you will prepare a family profile which will be available for review by placing parents. You may be selected at any time, and you may request to adopt a child on our photo listing at any time if you are a good match for the child’s needs. Some families are immediately matched, depending on if there is a child on the photo listing they have been approved to adopt and if the placing family feels they are a good match for the child.
1. Application and Approval
2. The Paper Chase
To ensure that prospective adoptive parents are prepared for their adoption journey, our agency requires that parents must complete 10 hours of adoption training as mandated by the Hague Convention. To satisfy these hours, we have developed an online parent training program that we are proud to include in CAN’s service plan.
3. Identifying a Child(ren) and Matching
4. Relinquishment, Interstate Compact, and Picking up Your Child(ren)
5. Post Adoption Requirements
CAN offers Online Hague Parent Education Courses to help adoptive parents meet the minimum credit hours required by the Hague Convention. These services, along with the other amenities available to CAN families, are designed to make your adoption process as effortless and enjoyable as possible. These fees are not included in any item listed above.
The adoption process requires proper document preparation, filing and approval with the ICPC. Adoptive families are responsible for paying the set fees associated with each step. Domestic private adoption also involves traveling to the placing family’s home state, sometimes more than once if you are requested to meet the child prior to custody transfer. Travel costs include airfare, accommodations, meals and ground transportation. All fees are set by and are paid to third parties and may vary from case to case. These fees are not listed above.
For more details on the adoption process and estimated costs, you may request our CAN Outreach Guide.