1. What is the advantage of working with an adoption consultant? As a consultant, I provide clients with referrals to adoption entities in adoption friendly states. I continually guide, support, and educate clients on their adoption journey. I am available at all times for any questions that might arise from situations clients encounter. My referral network embraces my clients because of the guidance and support I provide to them.
2. Do we have to be active in a church or have a religious affiliation to be a client of BYSAC? No.
3. What types of families do you work with? BYSAC works with all types of families (traditional, same sex, singles).
4. What happens if a client needs to talk to you, but it is "after hours" or on the weekend? My clients call me whenever they need me. This isn't a 9-5 job! I am available whenever they need me. If I am awake, then I will answer their call.
5. How long does it take to adopt? This depends on the client. Factors that can affect the wait time include, but are not limited to, a client’s adoption budget and preferences (i.e., gender, race, ethnicity). Generally speaking, it can take anywhere from 2 months to 12 months following home study approval.
6. How much money should one budget for an adoption? Costs vary from each adoption entity that BYSAC networks with. Most of our adoption network budgets range from the $30,000 to $45,000; however, we have seen budgets lower and higher than these amount. Most of the budgets do include finalization; some entities do not require you to return to the state to finalize. Other costs associated with adopting include the home study (varies from state to state), post-placement visits, travel expenses, and adoption consultant fees. Also, check with your employer to see if they offer any adoption reimbursement.
7. We want to adopt, but we are nervous about the financial risks involved. How you help us? As an adoptive parent who had a failed adoption and lost a significant amount of money, I can relate to this statement. Therefore, I evaluate all information I receive and do my due diligence as part of my services to my clients.
8. How do I know if the expectant parent(s) will follow through with the adoption plan? The short answer is that you don’t know. As a precaution, I will refer you to adoption sources that 1) are ethical, 2) vet their expectant parents prior to working with them, 3) provide counseling to birth parents, and 4) are located in adoption friendly states with minimal or no revocation periods (this means that once the birth parent(s) sign consents, they can’t change their mind). My goal is to make the adoption process as easy as possible while reducing your risk of heartache and financial loss.
9. Do you provide information about adoption loans, grants, and fundraising? Yes.
10. What do we need to do if we are interested in applying to be a client of BYSAC? Families need to have a completed home study in order to fill out an application with BYSAC. This will lengthen your usable time with BYSAC. If you have a completed home study, then you can fill out a web inquiry (located on the CONTACT US page) requesting information. BYSAC will contact you about the application process.
11. We need a family profile book. Is this something that you assist us with? Absolutely! If you would like someone to do your profile for you, I highly recommend Home Sweet Home Adoption Profiles by Katie Temple. She is not only a great artistic and amazing person, but she is also a former client! If you prefer to do your own profile book, I suggest using Mixbook. Once you are a client, I will review your profile book and make edit suggestions and provide feedback (if needed). If you would like to contact Katie, her website is https://www.homesweethomeadoptionprofiles.com/.
*Please note that BYSAC does not work with birth parent(s) and does not place children.