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Finding Christian Adoptive Families

As a woman thinking about adoption for her child, it’s understandable that you may be concerned about finding the perfect adoptive family. Anyone who chooses adoption does so to ensure that their child has the best life imaginable, but how do you make sure he or she receives just that?

American Adoptions has perfected the process of helping women find the perfect families for their babies. Oftentimes, women who work with our agency are specifically interested in Christian families looking to adopt, which can certainly be accommodated. We work with families of many different religious beliefs, so the process for finding Christian adoptive families goes much like the process for finding any other adoptive parents.

How do I find Christian adoptive families for my baby?

When you first contact American Adoptions, you’ll be assigned to your own individual adoption specialist. She will help you to make sure your adoption goes exactly the way you want it to, and this includes finding the perfect adoptive family for your baby. At this point, you may already know you’re interested in looking specifically at Christian adoption profiles. Your adoption specialist will help you to narrow down your preferences even more by asking question such as:

  • Do you want your child to grow up with siblings? To some women, it’s important that their babies are adopted by families who already have kids; this ensures that their children will grow up with siblings. Other women prefer to place their babies with families who haven’t yet been able to have children of their own.

  • Do you care whether or not your child looks like his or her adoptive parents? Of course, your child will not share DNA with his or her adoptive family, and therefore can only look like them to a certain extent. However, some women feel strongly about placing a baby with a family who shares their own culture.

  • Is the location of your child’s future home important to you? Do you picture your baby growing up on a farm in the Midwest, or have you always pictured a more urban setting on a coast? As a national, full service adoption agency, American Adoptions works with families across the country, which allows you to pick where your child lives if you so choose.

  • What other values are important to you? Of course, when looking at a Christian adoption profile, you can be sure that a family’s religious beliefs match your own. However, are there other values that are important to you as well, such as political beliefs or work ethic?

To explore some of the Christian adoption profiles of families we work with, you can use this tool on our website to search our databases based on religion.

Questions to Ask in a Christian Family Adoption

American Adoptions works with families of many different Christian denominations, so if it’s important to you that your child’s adoptive family be Catholic, Methodist, etc., this is something you’ll want to specify to your adoption specialist.

Once you’ve found an adoptive family profile that speaks to you, you will have a chance to get to know them better through mediated, pre-placement contact. When interested in learning more about a family’s religious background, consider asking questions like the following:

  • What type of church do you attend, and how frequently?

  • What drew you to that church?

  • What is your church community like?

  • Are you involved in any other religious activities or organizations (volunteer work, Bible study groups, etc.)?

  • Why is Christianity important to you?

  • Is it important to you to baptize your children?

  • What’s your own religious background like? Did you grow up with any religious traditions?

  • How do you plan to teach your children about Christianity?

In addition to learning more about your child’s potential adoptive family, they’ll be able to get to know you as well. This can be a lifelong relationship, and bonding over something that’s important to both of you is a great way to start it off!

Religion is not the only thing you may want to have in common with an adoptive family, though. If this is the case, be sure to ask yourself other questions, such as:

  • Where do I want my child to grow up? Since American Adoptions works with families across the country, whether you picture your child in a small rural setting or a busy urban one, any vision you have for your baby can be accommodated.

  • Do I want my child to have siblings? Many women feel strongly about placing their babies with families who haven’t been able to have children of their own yet, while many others want to feel confident that their children will be raised with siblings.

  • What other values are important to me in an adoptive family?

To learn more about completing a Christian family adoption with our agency, please call American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION, or request free information online.