The Application Process
Where an interactive discussion includes topics related to resource parent requirements, policy, agency program, training requirements, concurrent planning, child welfare system, etc. This meeting will typically occur in the agency office on a monthly basis. Agency staff will be present to facilitate and answer questions. If the family desires to begin the Home Study process, the family completes the Resource Parent Application Checklist, Reasons for Fostering Checklist, and Available Time Scale, and returns the documents to the agency. An agency representative then reviews the documents and contacts the family to set up the first Home Study meeting.
As a prospective adoptive parent it is important for you to learn about the blessings and challenges of adoption. The training sessions we offer help you prepare to transition a new child into your home as well as help your own family with the process. A large part of the training is based on Texas Christian University developed "Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)." This innovative approach to parenting is geared specifically to connecting with children who come from hard places. During all training sessions, you will receive invaluable support and guidance from experienced foster and adoptive parents. Our training session are always informative, fun and worth attending. The Salvation Army requires families to complete 24 training hours before being approved and trainings usually occur on weekday evenings and Saturdays at our office or in the community. View upcoming training opportunities HERE.
Completing the Family Profile (Home Study)
The Family Profile or Home Study is a document created from a series of meetings between you and our Resource Specialist. These meetings will give you an opportunity to gain better insight into the challenges of adopting a child from the foster care system and examine how your family may respond. Our Resource Specialist will gather information about your family, your interest and expectations and preferences regarding children. Your family must be approved by an adoption agency before the matching process can begin.
- Matching Process
The approved Family Profile is used by our agency to share information about your family with agencies responsible for children who are available for adoption. Families will be registered with the Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange (PAE.) PAE routinely reviews the characteristics of families and children and notifies their agencies when a suggested match is identified. Our agency will also try to match children and families in our recruitment efforts.
- Pre-placement Visit
When you have been tentatively selected by a county agency to adopt a child, you will get a chance to meet the child and spend time together to determine if the suggested match is a good one for both your family and the child.
This is the point when the child moves into a pre-adoptive family's home.
- Placement Supervision
Our agency will provide support and casework services for a minimum of six months after placement for the child and family to begin to build a stable relationship before finalizing the adoption. During that time, our Permanency Specialist will visit regularly with your family to offer support and assistance.
- Adoption Finalization
When the placement continues to be positive, a request is submitted to the court for a hearing. A number of legal obligations must be addressed such as verification that the child is legally free for adoption; the agency with custody will consent to the adoption, etc. At the hearing, the judge reviews information about the child and family and may approve the adoption.