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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is American Adoptions the right adoption agency choice for many birth mothers?

American Adoptions is one of the largest licensed adoption agencies in the United States. Each year, we work with thousands of women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to these women. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you seven days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and available options.

You should choose an adoption agency where you feel completely comfortable with their services and staff. With American Adoptions, you will work with an Adoption Specialist who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Adoption Specialist will be your advocate and will provide support and guidance as you create an adoption plan that is right for you.

How will the family tell my child about me and the adoption when my child is older?

Each family has their own style of introducing adoption to the child. When you are matched with an adoptive family, you can ask them this question. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it for you, just let her know. He or she can share your wishes or provide good ideas from other adoptive families.

You will also be able to share what you want your baby to know about you. You can complete a keepsake booklet to share hobbies, stories, photos of you and your family and a letter to your baby. The adoptive family can provide this to your child as he or she grows older. Be as creative as you like! Some birth mothers have even knitted a special blanket as a gift to their baby or given a similar symbol of their love.

The father of your baby can fill out the birth father's keepsake booklet or write a letter too. You may have other family members who would also like to share photos or a letter to the baby. This is your opportunity to pass on your and your family's love and to share your personality, history and reasons for choosing adoption. The adoptive family will treasure whatever information you provide and will share it with the baby at an appropriate age. In most adoptive homes, the word adoption is in the child's vocabulary early on, and adoption is celebrated in their lives.

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