- What is the agency outreach program process?
- What is an open adoption?
- How do I match with expectant birth parents?
- What happens at the hospital?
- What happens after the baby is born?
- What court hearings do I need to attend?
Meet with an AOW social worker
The first step of the adoption process is to call ((608) 821-8220) or email our agency to set up an information session. The sessions are one-on-one and last approximately 1 ½ -2 hours. The sessions are very informal. They are a great opportunity to ask all the questions you have related to adoption. You will also receive a packet of information regarding adoption, our agency and our fee agreements.
Join our inactive list and apply for your home study
After your information session you are eligible to join our inactive list. There are 10 families on this list at any one time. To find out if there is an opening you can call or email AOW. To be accepted to the inactive list you must send in your home study application and fee agreement, agency application and fee agreement and releases of information allowing AOW to conduct the required background checks, so that we can get your home study under way.
Begin your education
All first-time adoptive parents must receive pre-adoptive education. Each parent is required to complete 18 credit hours of pre-adoptive education. Your information session counts as two credit hours and you are responsible for the 16 remaining hours. You can obtain you education one of three ways:
- In person classes from a State of Wisconsin licensed child-placement (adoption) agency
- Online classes from www.adoptionlearningpartners.org. AOW will provide you with a list of classes needed to fulfill the pre-adoptive education requirements set forth by the State of Wisconsin.
- Reading books and answering questions related to the competencies
Create your adoptive parent profile
An adoptive parent profile is a 8-12 page book of pictures and text used to introduce you to expectant birth parents. Here is your chance to connect with expectant parents on a personal level and to put into words the warmth and love you can offer to a child.