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Types of Adoption

There are many different types of adoption and each one has some unique steps.  If you are unsure what type of adoption you hope to pursue, please contact us so we can talk with you.  Some general types of adoption are described below.

Infant Adoption

Many families want to adopt a child as an infant. In infant adoptions, adoptive families often interact with and develop a relationship with birth families prior to the birth of the child. Infant adoptions can happen through agency or private arrangements. Agency adoptions typically come with a higher price tag, often upwards of $30,000. Independent adoptions can be less costly, but also require more work from the adoptive parents to find a birth parent. Infant adoption does present some benefits in terms of building a positive attachment to the child at an early age, but as with biological children, there are many factors and risks that are unknown prior to the birth of the child. Connecting Hearts, Inc. can help you with your Wyoming home study and connecting with other agencies or birth parents to find your adoptive placement.

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Many families choose to care for children who are in need of a safe and stable environment, but are not yet available for adoption. These children are often working toward reunification with biological families. In a foster-adopt situation, families would go through training and a home study process with the state child welfare agency with the hopes of caring for children in their home that may eventually be available for adoption, or providing shorter term care for children who eventually return to live with biological families. These are considered legal risk placements, meaning there is a chance that the children you are caring for will not ever be available for adoption and may be placed in another care setting.

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Foster Care Adoption

Many children in the foster care system are available for adoption and looking for their forever families. On any given day, there are nearly 428,000 children in foster care in the US. The average age of a child in foster care is 8 years old. Many of these children have special needs as a result of difficult experiences in their early childhood. There are also many sibling groups hoping to be placed together. The net cost of foster care adoption can be zero with adoption tax credits and state subsidies that reimburse many traditional adoption expenses. Connecting Hearts can assist Wyoming residents to adopt a child from foster care in any state. You can become the family that a waiting child is hoping and praying for. 

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International Adoption

• Many families choose to adopt from another country. In many parts of the world, there are large populations of orphaned children living in difficult conditions. International adoption is governed by the laws of the country where the children live in addition to laws where the adoptive family live and may also be subject to Hague Convention agreements. It can be a complicated process and usually takes longer than domestic adoptions and costs significantly more, but can also be a rich and rewarding experience for families. Wyoming families hoping to adopt internationally must have an approved home study from a licensed Wyoming agency. Connecting Hearts, Inc. works with Hague approved International Adoption Agencies to complete home studies in the state of Wyoming.

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Embryo Adoption

• Embryo adoption is a new and exciting possibility for many families. Families who engage in the in-vitro fertilization process often have frozen embryos left when they decide to stop growing their family. These families often have a desire to give these embryos a chance at life and work with specific agencies to find appropriate families who are good candidates to carry a successful pregnancy. Embryo adoption includes aspects of adoption law and property law and has some unique considerations, but also presents a unique opportunity. The decision to pursue embryo adoption should be discussed closely with your physician. Wyoming families hoping to go through the embryo adoption process must have an approved home study from a licensed Wyoming agency. Connecting Hearts, Inc. is trained to provide home studies for embryo adoptions and can help connect you with placing agencies.

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An Affordable Price

Adoption Costs

Connecting Hearts, Inc. places a high priority on providing exceptional adoption services at an affordable price.  We understand the adoption process can be costly and make every effort to keep the cost of our services reasonable and affordable to all families.  Please feel free to discuss options for assistance or fundraising with us if necessary.

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Ready to Begin?

Are you ready to begin your adoption journey?  Connecting Hearts is ready to help.  Start with our application so we can get to know what your needs are. As always, feel free to contact us if you have questions about how to proceed!

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Required Documents

In preparation for a home study, Connecting Hearts, Inc. requires families to submit the following documentation.  This list is provided as an informational resource only, please communicate with your social worker to submit the appropriate documentation for your unique situation and to address any questions you might have.

  • Birth Certificates 
  • Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  • Divorce Decree (if applicable)
  • Death Certificate (if applicable)
  • Medical Exam (including statement of endorsement from physician)
  • TB Testing Results
  • Most recent IRS 1040
  • Financial Worksheet
  • Bank Letter
  • Proof of Health Insurance
  • Proof of Life Insurance
  • Driver's License(s)
  • Guardianship Plan
  • Documentation of any Adoption Training
  • Short Autobiography
  • 5 Letters of Reference (Connecting Hearts, Inc. specific format)
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Safety Requirements

Because children are a vulnerable population, Connecting Hearts has a duty to ensure that the environment we are recommending for the placement of a child is a safe one.  Attached is a list of requirements that we will be looking for at the home visit that may be helpful to familiarize yourself with.

Want to Know More?

Contact us!  We are happy to help you with whatever questions you might have.  Adoption can be intimidating and we are happy to serve as a resource to your family.