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Information on Grants and Possible Financial Resources

Gift of Adoption Fund

Provide adoption assistance grants to complete the adoptions of children in vulnerable circumstances—giving them permanent families and a chance to thrive.

Show Hope

One of the primary barriers standing between waiting children and families is the cost associated with adoption.

A Child Waits Foundation

Adoption Grants & Adoption Loans

Our programs are active and our process is ongoing; families are welcome to apply at any time throughout the year and at any stage of their adoption after they have a completed homestudy.

Fund Your Adoption

"Don’t settle for navigating the adoption funding process on your own. Through personal experience, helping friends, and coaching other adoptive families, we’ve compiled exceptional tools and resources that teach families how to adopt without debt."

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Information about Adopting a Baby who has been substance exposed

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)

Information from the March of Dimes

NAS is a group of conditions caused when a baby withdraws from certain drugs (most often opioids) he’s exposed to in the womb before birth.

Most babies with NAS get treatment in the hospital after birth. Most babies who get treatment get better in a few days or weeks.

MotherToBaby

MotherToBaby, a service of the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), is the nation’s leading authority and most trusted source of evidence-based information on the benefit or risk of medications and other exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. We specialize in answering questions about the benefit/risk of exposures, such as medications, vaccines, chemicals, herbal products, substances of abuse, maternal health conditions and much more, during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

 

 

 

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Infant Adoption in Maine

Actual infant from agency
First Step Toward Adopting an Infant in Maine

What is the first step toward adopting an infant or young child in Maine? This is a question our staff is often asked. The Adoption Home Study is a key part of becoming ready to accept custody of a baby or child (under age 18) through the legal adoption process. A home study is a written report which is completed by a social worker employed by a Licensed Adoption Agency. The home study report must be completed by an agency licensed in the prospective adoptive parent’s state of residence.

The home study process involves a series of interviews (some can be Zoom) between the Hopeful adoptive parent(s) and the Social worker assigned to writing the report. The first interview is generally a session explaining the adoption home study process to the clients. They are provided with a list of documents required (see below) and given an outline to write their autobiography (see attached).  They are required to submit updated medical reports, letters of reference, financial statements, IRS tax returns and vital documents.

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