Fill out the application and return with non-refundable $500 application fee
Reference forms sent to the persons listed on your application
File sent through the application approval process
Placed on waiting list
Create a family profile to be shown to birthmothers
Complete a home study
Accept a referral.
The waiting list is compiled in date order, based on the date your file is approved. However, most of the birthmothers we work with want to choose the family for her child. She will tell us the type of family she is looking for (one who lives in the country, one who lives in a large city, a family with other children, a family with no other children, etc.). We then select profiles to show her of the families that most closely fit her description of “the perfect family for her child.” When she chooses a family, the family is notified.
A family profile is a book of photos and a letter to a birthmother that represents you and your family. This book will be shared with birthmothers so she can imagine what life for her child would be like with your family. When putting your book together, you may include photos of you as a couple, extended family, family vacations, your home and the rooms in your home, etc. Be creative! It is recommended that Shutterfly or a similar site be used to complete your book.
We also offer our families the opportunity to place your profile on our website. This will increase the exposure of your information to potential birthmothers.
You will not be called or notified when your book is shown except in special circumstances or if we have a question regarding your desire to have the book shown to a particular birthmother.
The WAIT…You will find that this is the most difficult part of the process. While you are working on your application, completing your book and going through the home study process, you are accomplishing the necessary steps required of you. Once those steps are completed, you have nothing to do but wait. The average wait is 2-4 years, but because the birthmothers typically choose the family for their child, you may wait two months or the full four years. We cannot predict who will get pregnant, who will make a choice for life for their baby, who will make an adoption plan, who will choose to work with New Beginnings, and last of all, who will choose your family. Because we control none of those factors, it is impossible for us to give you more than a general wait time or an average.