Adoption

Helping to connect, build and support adoptive families

Supporting young children and their families with expert care and guidance, adoption is the bedrock of Nebraska Children’s Home Society. It was the original need that inspired us, and it’s still a vital component of our services today. Our role is to connect families with the children who need them – at no cost, as well as to provide adoptive parents, birth parents and extended families with education and ongoing support.

Adoption services:

Adoption Avenues

Nebraska Children’s Home Society offers three “avenues” for adopting a child. Each journey presents its own unique needs, questions, processes and potential challenges that our adoption specialists are equipped to address.

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Adoptive Parent Preparation

The adoption process is incredibly rewarding, but it can also feel complex and overwhelming. We work closely with adoptive parents to provide guidance and support, every step of the way.

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Post-Adoption Services

Once an adoption is complete, our offerings transition to post-adoption services – with educational, counseling and support opportunities for birth parents, adoptive parents and the entire family.

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Upholding adoption as a positive way of growing families continues to be a core service of Nebraska Children’s Home Society since 1893. Every member involved in the adoption process has one simple and common goal: putting the needs of the child first.

Whether you’re considering adopting a child or placing your child for adoption. We will provide you with accurate information on adoption, and lifelong support, so you’re family is successful in meeting the child’s best interest.

Adoption FAQs:

Why should I adopt through an agency?

Adopting a child is a unique process, and raising an adopted child is different than raising a biological child. If you adopt through an adoption agency, you are given the education and support needed to guide you through the lifelong journey of adoption. Nebraska Children’s Home Society will always be there to support, educate and advocate for you and anyone involved in the adoption process.

What is a Home Study?

A home study includes exploring marital and family relationships, family history and preparation for parenthood and permanency through adoption.

A Home Study also includes:

  • Conjoint Interviews
  • Individual Interviews
  • Educational Training Sessions (ISM & ADOPT)
  • Background checks
  • Health information

The State of Nebraska requires a home study. After a couple has completed the required educational training, they are assigned an adoption specialist who completes the home study. A home study is valid for one year and must be renewed annually to remain in our adoption program.

Renewals for home studys require our couples to have obtained 10 CEU’s. These can be obtained through attendance at PREPARE groups, readings, volunteer work or any other activity related to parenting or adoption as approved by the adoption specialist.

Can we be an “approved couple” with other agencies?

We encourage you to check out other agencies. They all have different requirements and processes, and it is important for you to find one that is most comfortable for you. Once you do start your home study, we ask that you only work with one agency. All agencies will ask the same.

How long will it take to adopt a child?

It is not possible to predict how soon a placement might occur. The birth parents are involved in the selection process, and decide what qualities and characteristics they will look for in adoptive parents. NCHS cannot guarantee that a placement for an approved family will occur.

When is the adoption final?

Once a placement is made, the State of Nebraska requires your child be in your home a minimum of six months before legal paperwork can be filed and permanency is achieved. During these six months, your specialist will visit your family to assess how your family is adjusting to parenthood. This process will also be explained to you in more detail during your home study and educational meetings.

How much does the adoption process cost?

There are considerable costs incurred by adoption organizations in the adoptive placements of children. The national average fee can range from $9,000 to $25,000 per placement. It is our philosophy, however, to provide these services with no fees attached. It is our expectation that those who adopt through our program be great parents, positive advocates for adoption and for Nebraska Children’s Home Society, and finally will contribute to NCHS through gifts of their time, talent and treasures. It is only through generous contributions that we are able to continue helping children and families like yours.

What is “open adoption?”

Open adoption involves a continued relationship between a birth family and an adoptive family. This relationship can have varying degrees of contact and is different within each individual situation. Often times, birth parents choose to meet the adopting parents prior to the child’s birth, at placement, or sometime after the placement. In the majority of our current placements, adoptive families and birth families schedule get togethers, share pictures and write letters.

Is it different raising an adopted child?

Yes, adoption is unique, and raising an adopted child is different than raising a biological child. This child has a biological history and a medical history that is not your own. At Nebraska Children’s Home Society, you are given the education and support needed to guide you through the life-long journey of adoption. Our specialists will always be there to support, educate, and advocate for you and anyone involved in the adoption process. Our post-adoption services also provide additional support and assistance after the placement.

Are Support Groups available?

You will be informed of support groups during your home study process. We have support groups called PREPARE across the state for adoptive couples. These support groups meet at different times and locations, with some focused on social and networking opportunities and others focused on educational purposes. Please contact your local NCHS office if you want to be involved with a PREPARE group.

Can I still be on infertility treatments during the adoption process?

We ask that you devote your full attention to adoption and conclude your infertility treatments once you start the adoption process. This allows you to focus on the adoption process wholeheartedly.

How do I get started with the Adoption Process?

To learn more about our eligibility requirements, adoption laws and our services, and to take the next step toward adopting a child, please email Betty Wilson, or call us at 402.483.7879.

When you email us, please include the following information:

  • Your Full Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number(s): home, work and/or mobile number
  • Date of Marriage
  • Date of Birth
  • If you have children, how many?
  • Specify which adoption avenue you are interested in: e.g. Infant Adoption, Identified (Relative) Adoption or Foster Care Adoption

After you email us this information, please give us 7-10 working days to process your request information and respond to you. This will begin your adoption process.

What are the eligibility requirements to adopt a child?

The following are our requirements and guidelines for prospective adoptive parents for our program:

  • Couples must be married to each other for at least three years before they start their journey to adopt a child.
  • Applicants must be under the age of 48 at the time of application and may participate in the program until the first spouse reaches the age of 50.
  • Couples must live in Nebraska.
  • Each spouse must have medical insurance.
  • Each spouse must carry $50,000 in life insurance coverage.
  • If you previously filed bankruptcy, you must wait at least 3 years from the date of filing before applying to the program.
  • If parenting, your youngest child must be 18 months of age before applying. If approved you would not be eligible for selection by a pregnancy client until your youngest child is 2 years old.
  • We do not require a certain income level, nor do we require that families own a home. Our primary concerns are how a couple manages their resources and how able they are to adequately provide for the needs of a child.

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