Adopt Through NCHS
Families are formed in a variety of ways and each is equally valid and worth celebrating. People who come to our program may not always know how they want their family to look but we are there to inform and support their choices from their child’s earliest days.
Our Adoption Process
The NCHS adoption process is straightforward and geared toward getting you in the information you need.
- Parents interested in adoption attend a meeting to share information on our process and philosophy on infant adoption.
- Parents will then attend a 2-day A Day Of Parent Training (A.D.O.P.T.) course to get the information they need on the next steps in the process.
- Approved couples attend our Parenting Tips | Resources | Education | Partnership | Adoption Readiness | Relationships | Encouragement (P.R.E.P.A.R.E.) training session offers adoption education and the opportunity to establish a support network with other families waiting for adoption.
Before a placement, approved couples must undergo a home study as required by the State of Nebraska.
We Offer Support Even After
Adoption Is Finalized Through:
- Educational Classes
- Support Groups
- Ongoing Mentoring
- Access To Community Resources
- On-On-One Guidance
Begin Your Adoption Journey
Each journey presents its own unique challenges for families. Our team of highly trained professionals is well-equipped to provide the specific support and guidance needed for you and your family.
Adopting a child is a unique process, and raising an adopted child is different than raising a biological child. If you adopt through an adoption agency, you are given the education and support needed to guide you through the lifelong journey of adoption. NCHS will always be there to support, educate and advocate for you and anyone involved in the adoption process.
A home study includes exploring marital and family relationships, family history, and preparation for parenthood and permanency through adoption. A Home Study also includes:
- Conjoint Interviews
- Individual Interviews
- Educational Training Sessions (ISM & ADOPT)
- Background checks
- Health information
The State of Nebraska requires a home study. After a couple has completed the required educational training, they are assigned an adoption specialist who completes the home study. A home study is valid for one year and must be renewed annually to remain in our adoption program.
We encourage you to check out other agencies. They all have different requirements and processes, and it is important for you to find one that is most comfortable for you. Once you do start your home study, we ask that you only work with one agency. All agencies will ask the same.
It’s impossible to predict how soon a placement might occur. The birth parents are involved in the selection process, and decide what qualities and characteristics they will look for in adoptive parents. NCHS cannot guarantee that placement for an approved family will occur.
Once a placement is made, the State of Nebraska requires your child to be in your home a minimum of 6 months before legal paperwork can be filed and permanency is achieved. During these 6 months, your specialist will visit your family to assess how your family is adjusting to parenthood. This process will also be explained to you in more detail during your home study and educational meetings.
|Adoption Steps||Service Fee|
|Information Share Meeting||$25 per couple|
|Application Fee||$250 (full amount due upon submission)|
|Home Study Fee||$4,000 (full amount due upon approval)|
|Post-Placement Support Fee||15% of the (adoptive) family’s gross income (before all expenses e.g. taxes). Families with income over $200,000, pay 15% of 200,000. Fees are due at the first post-placement visit.|
Open adoption involves a continued relationship between a birth family and an adoptive family. This relationship can have varying degrees of contact and is different within each individual situation. Oftentimes, birth parents choose to meet the adopting parents prior to the child’s birth, at placement, or sometime after the placement. In the majority of our current placements, adoptive families and birth families schedule get-togethers, share pictures, and write letters.
Yes, adoption is unique, and raising an adopted child is different than raising a biological child. This child has a biological history and a medical history that is not your own. At NCHS, you are given the education and support needed to guide you through the life-long journey of adoption. Our specialists will always be there to support, educate, and advocate for you and anyone involved in the adoption process. Our post-adoption support for adoptive parents also provides additional support and assistance after the placement.
Absolutely! You will be informed of support groups during your home study process. We have support groups called PREPARE across the state for adoptive couples. These support groups meet at different times and locations, with some focused on social and networking opportunities and others focused on educational purposes. Please contact your local NCHS office if you want to be involved with a PREPARE group.
We ask that you devote your full attention to adoption and conclude your infertility treatments once you start the adoption process. This allows you to focus on the adoption process wholeheartedly.
When you email us, please include the following information:
- Your Full Name
- Phone Number(s): home, work and/or mobile number
- Date of Marriage
- Date of Birth
- If you have children, how many?
- Specify which adoption avenue you are interested in (e.g. Infant Adoption, Adopting a Child, Adopting a Family Member In Foster Care, or Foster Care Adoption)
After you email us this information, please give us 7-10 working days to process your request information and respond to you. This will begin your adoption process.
The following are our requirements and guidelines for prospective adoptive parents for our program:
- Couples must be married to each other for at least 3 years before they start their journey to adopting a child.
- Applicants must be under the age of 48 at the time of application and may participate in the program until the first spouse reaches the age of 50.
- Couples must live in Nebraska.
- Each spouse must have medical insurance.
- Each spouse must carry $50,000 in life insurance coverage.
- If you previously filed bankruptcy, you must wait at least 3 years from the date of filing before applying to the program.
- If parenting, your youngest child must be 18 months of age before applying. If approved, you would not be eligible for selection by a pregnancy client until your youngest child is 2 years old.
- We do not require a certain income level, nor do we require that families own a home. Our primary concerns are how a couple manages their resources and how able they are to adequately provide for the needs of a child.
Support For The Whole Family
Preparing your extended family for the transition
Our extended family workshops help educate all members of the family on what the adoption process entails; from the first steps, to preparing to welcome the child into your family, all the way to potential future needs.
How Do You Start?
Get in touch with us today
Getting enrolled in our adoption preparation programs is simple! All it takes is to send us a quick call or email. Our team of professionals will reach out to you within 24 hours with more information on how to get started.