FAQ for Adoptive Parents
Golden Cradle uses a variety of methods to locate and attract birth mothers. The internet provides a wide variety of opportunities to connect with birth mothers, and other forms of outreach including social media, print advertising,as well as referrals from previous clients of our agency. Golden Cradle has an active outreach and education training program where professionals are educated about the option of adoption so that they are prepared to speak with their patients or clients who are exploring their pregnancy or parenting options.
Adopting parents must complete the educational requirements, complete the homestudy and have an Adoptive Family Profile before being shown to potential birthparents. The exact timeline of when you will become a parent is not known. A birth parent looking for a family just like yours, may seek the services of Golden Cradle shortly after you join our program or it may take longer. Also a family’s openness regarding the desired gender and health status of a child significantly impacts the time frame of the adoption process. Most families will adopt domestically within 4 years after completing agency requirements.
- Birth Certificates
- Marriage License
- Divorce Petitions and Decrees
- Military Discharge Documents
- Verification of Income
- Autobiographical information, such as family history, childhood, education, employment history, personality, interests
- FBI fingerprinting
- State criminal record clearances
- Medical examination reports
- Financial statement, verification of income, and insurance information
In New Jersey the birth parent can relinquish their parental rights 72 hours after the child is born. The child’s adoption cannot be finalized, however, until placement has been made for six months and other requirements have been met.
For considering options when pregnant, women can talk with an adoption lawyer or adoption agency. In New Jersey adoptive parents will need a lawyer to finalize the adoption and an agency to conduct the home study.
Just like choosing a doctor for your pregnancy, choosing an adoption agency is something that you should do based on what agency has the right program to meet your needs. You should also be sure that the agency is fully licensed and has a proven track record. Decide what is important to you, and then ask the agency how they will meet those needs for you.
Golden Cradles fees are based on a sliding scale determined by your family’s income. Fees cover services rendered, and are thus due as you move forward through the different stages of your adoption process.
Financial assistance for adoption is an important consideration for adoptive parents. Golden Cradle has an adjusted fee schedule based on income and has various payment plans to better meet the needs of your household. Many families are doing fundraising through their churches or communities, learning about adoption reimbursement through employers and considering loans from home equity and retirement to help fund their adoptions. There are many sources for grants and loans for adopting parents who meet particular criteria.
Golden Cradle welcomes LGBT families, however families should be aware that adoption laws are decided independently by each state and international countries also have their own laws regarding whether or not LGBT families can adopt. Golden Cradle must abide by the adoption laws in the state where the family resides or the international country they are adopting from. Families in NJ can adopt domestically.
Yes! You don’t need to be married or in a relationship to adopt through Golden Cradle.
There are certain crimes that will prevent you from being permitted to adopt. You may want to check with us to review a list of those crimes. Other crimes are not necessarily barriers to adopting a child.We encourage you to discuss your entire history and current situation with our social work staff as you move forward with the adoption process.
During the preparation for adoption, as you complete your homestudy, your social worker counsels you and provides information and support. They may also provide information on adoptive parent support groups, a valuable resource. These may be general or specific to a certain type family, for example the Committee for Single Adoptive Parents. Education sessions are required and adopting families will meet other adopting families during these sessions.
After placement, Golden Cradle staff offers post-adoption services to you. These include support groups, individual and family counseling, workshops on specific topics of parenting, or ongoing contact with your social worker. Golden Cradle staff also facilitates communication between the birth parent(s) and the adoptive parent(s) upon request. Supervised reunions can also be arranged.
Golden Cradle staff will also provide adoptee and birth parent searches for clients of Golden Cradle whose adoption was processed through the agency.
Any woman of childbearing age could find herself in the position of an unplanned pregnancy. Golden Cradle’s experienced social workers provide intensive unbiased counseling to expectant parents around parenting options. Birth parents have a great deal of love for their children and come to Golden Cradle for support in making a thoughtful plan for their child.
Yes, as long as your are a resident of New Jersey. Golden Cradle has provided home studies for many of families adopting independently and we have the expertise to work with you and your adoption attorney. We provide domestic home studies for agency or independent (attorney) adoptions. Golden Cradle provides home study and support services as you work closely with the attorney to navigate the legal process of adoption.
Please contact Golden Cradle to attend an information meeting which are held the first Wednesday of every month. At the information meeting you will learn more about our agency, the adoption process and have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. We greatly look forward to welcoming you to Golden Cradle.