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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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Foster-Adopt

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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Ready to Begin?

Are you ready to begin your adoption journey? Connecting Hearts is ready to help. Start by reviewing our forms and filling out the application below. As always, feel free to contact us if you have questions about how to proceed!

Documents

The following documents will provide valuable information to help you get started on your adoption journey. Please review these documents and fill out the application below to get started.

Application

Apply To Adopt

Connecting Hearts uses a secure online client portal, My Adoption Portal (MAP), for our adoption applications and for gathering the required documents for your adoption. You will begin by submitting your information to create your MyAdoptionPortal.com account. If you have any questions before starting this process please contact us.

ONLINE ADOPTION APPLICATION

OUR ONLINE APPLICATION IS ON MY ADOPTION PORTAL (MAP). TO ACCESS THE ONLINE APPLICATION, PLEASE COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING STEPS:

STEP 1: create MyAdoptionPortal.com account

DO NOT FILL OUT THIS FORM UNLESS YOU HAVE HAD A PERSONAL VISIT WITH OR A PHONE CONVERSATION WITH A REPRESENTATIVE OF CONNECTING HEARTS LLC. CONTACT US to set up that visit

Fill out and submit the form below to create your account. NOTE: The form on this page is not an application for adoption. It simply enables us to send you a username and password so that you can begin the application process.

STEP 2: receive username and password for MyAdoptionPortal account
A username and password will be emailed to you. If you do not see the email in your inbox, please check your spam folder.

STEP 3: log in to MyAdoptionPortal.com account to fill out online application

Existing Connecting Hearts Families

If you have completed a previous adoption with Connecting Hearts and are planning to adopt with us again, please contact Meghan Anderson at meghan@connectingheartsadopt.org.  She will review your previous account with you and connect you with the application. This will allow us to make sure that your current files are imported properly.

FILL OUT THIS FORM ONLY IF YOU ARE READY TO MAKE PAYMENT AND BEGIN THE ADOPTION PROCESS, otherwise IF YOU HAVE ADOPTION QUESTIONS CONTACT US.

Connecting Hearts Programs

Connecting Hearts takes pride in offering a quality array of adoption programs to families in Wyoming and surrounding areas. Whatever adoption path your family wants to take, we are confident in our ability to assist and support your family in the process.

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Designated Home Study

Connecting Hearts Designated Home Study program is for families who need a home study and possibly post placement services, but do not plan on using Connecting Hearts as the placing agency for an adoption. This might be the case if a family is working with an out of state agency or pursuing an independent adoption. With Connecting Hearts Designated program, we can assist you with as much or as little of the process as your unique situation requires.

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Domestic Infant Adoption

Connecting Hearts is excited to provide a full service Domestic Infant Adoption program for families wanting to adopt an infant. Connecting Hearts is actively recruiting birth parents who are considering making an adoption plan. We've partnered with some industry leaders to provide excellent marketing and recruitment services to help your family find a match. As always, we value the role that all parties, including biological families, adoptive families, and professionals play in this beautiful process.

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Waiting Child Adoption

Connecting Hearts can help you in your efforts to adopt from the United States Foster Care System. There are over 400,000 children in the foster care system on any given day. Many of these children are waiting for their forever homes. As part of the Waiting Child Adoption Program, Connecting Hearts will provide training and certification to meet Wyoming Foster Parent licensing standards and then assist you in your search for an adoptive placement from any state in the country. We then provide post placement and post adoption services in order to ensure you have the right supports in place for your family.

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.