Abrazo Adoption Associates, San Antonio, Texas

The adoption process

Interested in learning more about adopting through Abrazo? Read all the pages under this heading and join Abrazo's Forum, then download and return the preapplication (the "AP Inquiry" form) found here.

Once the AP Inquiry is returned to us (with photo & fee), qualified inquirers receive the full application packet within 3‑5 weeks.

Completed applications are then submitted with fee, photos, house floor plan, reference letters, and tax return (and for the Milagros full-service program, proof of infertility from a physician or fertility specialist.)

Applicants to the Milagros program indicate desired dates to attend one of Abrazo's renowned Parents of Tomorrow Orientation weekends and confirmation is granted on the basis of agency placement resource needs, no sooner than one month in advance. (Since we only accept as many families as we anticipate being able to place with in a year's time, orientation assignments are made in accordance with the kinds of children being placed and the kinds of families that are most needed.)

Within ten (10) days of completing the orientation weekend OR receiving an acceptance letter from the agency, approved families who wish to become full-fledged clients of Abrazo remit the required contracts and funds (preadoption education and training fee and $3K escrow deposit), then begin preparation of their profile and homestudy, and from there, it's just a matter of time before they match and place.

Families taking placement of children for whom Abrazo is managing conservator effectively "foster" for a period of 6-18 months, reporting monthly to Abrazo, completing quarterly post-placement supervisory visits with their homestudy worker and continuing direct contact with the birthparent/s of Abrazo's child/ren until the placement is approved for finalization, which occurs in Bexar County, Texas.

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