We are thrilled that you have taken the first step toward making a radical difference
in the life of a child. People who are part of the Antioch Adoptions family are like you...ordinary people who have chosen to do something excellent, admirable, awe-inspiring, radical. They are people who have chosen to touch the life of a hurting child like no one else can.
Here's what we look for in our families:
- Strong Christian faith and walk with Jesus Christ
- Healthy marriage relationship
- Ability to be a good parent
- Readiness/willingness to love a child and help them grow within your family and our worlds
- Heart for hurting kids and meeting them where they're at
- Trust in God's "selection" of the child He has planned for you
- Openness to all that the adoption process entails and readiness to trust God with every step
- Smart financial stewardship
- Desire to become an active part of our ongoing ministry
There are multiple steps required in the adoption journey, but we assure you that the process will be just what you need to prepare you for the lifelong blessing of adoption!
After we receive your application, you will be contacted to schedule a pre-screening interview with one of our staff. During your interview, we will discuss various topics such as your motivation to adopt, family history, marriage, etc. You will be informed by mail whether you have been approved to move on to the next step in our process.
Complete approximately 24 hours of training (we call it "CCT") that will help prepare you for the foster/adopt process in the State of Washington.
Complete paperwork that is required by both Antioch Adoptions and the State of Washington. This important paperwork will help your Case Manager write your adoption pre-placement report or home study.
After receiving your completed homework, Antioch Adoptions will assign you a Case Manager to complete your home study. Your Case Manager will schedule home visits with your family to discuss topics related to placing a child in your home. These topics include medical and family history, financial information, religious involvement, etc. Most importantly, you will discuss in-depth the child you dream of adopting.
After the home study is complete, you are ready for the Antioch Adoptions Placement Coordinator to help you facilitate the placement of a child from the State Foster Care system.
Once a placement is made in your home a case manager will again be assigned to your family. They will visit you and your home at least once per month and help you navigate the complexities of adjusting to the child/ren in your home. The case manager will assist with service referrals, crisis management, and preparing you and your family for the final step.
Adoption Finalization is when we all celebrate! Initially, the child placed in your home is still in the State Foster Care System. It often takes several months for the adoption process to be completed, which culminates in an adoption hearing that involves you making a lifelong commitment to parent your child.
After reading the steps listed here you may still have lots of questions. That's normal! If you still have questions, just bring them to the Introduction Class (Step 1) so we can answer them in person.