Wide Horizons For Children has placed approximately 900 children with loving families through our Domestic Adoption Program. Biological parents are as varied as adoptive parents, so we have found that all types of adoptive families are able to be successful! African American birth parents often express a preference to place their children in African American adoptive families. If you share this heritage with a birth mother, you may have a shorter wait to become a parent.
Children Who Need Families
Children placed for adoption in the United States are newborns that join their families after discharge from the hospital or shortly thereafter. Occasionally, children over age 1 are in need of families. Infants placed for adoption are from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Eligibility criteria for domestic adoptions are flexible. All kinds of families are successful adopting children! We have placed children into a variety of family constellations. Since expectant parents choose adoptive parents, there are no set criteria with respect to age, race, marital status, sexual orientation and family composition.
The WHFC Domestic Adoption Program is open to families living in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and the NYC metropolitan area. We also work with adoptive parents in certain counties in New York State. Call us to see if we work in your area!
Openness to Adoption
At WHFC we work with birth and adoptive parents to create a plan for openness that fits for your specific match. We encourage both parties to have at least one meeting prior to the birth of the child when possible. Plans for open adoptions range from the sharing of photographs and letters on a yearly basis, to email correspondence and connection through social media, to ongoing contact and meetings after the child is placed.
Information You Can Expect to Receive
WHFC shares all information we obtain on the biological parents. We request current medical records from service providers, and obtain self-reports from the biological parents on their medical and social background.
Estimated Wait Times for a Referral
Biological parents review adoptive family profiles and choose the family with whom they wish to place their child. This usually occurs before the baby is born, but does happen after the birth of a child on occasion. Although wait times have ranged from 1 day to 36 months, the current wait time is about 9-12 months from the time your home study is completed through the arrival of the child. Factors that affect waiting time include how flexible you are with respect to the child’s race, ethnicity and medical condition, whether you will accept a history of high-risk behavior, substance abuse, medical and/or mental health issues by the biological parents, and/or your willingness to have an open relationship with the biological family.
You will be required to travel to your child’s place of birth when the child is born. Families may need to stay in the child’s birth state for 2-3 weeks until permission to return home is received.
Please download our information packet for a comprehensive list of fees and other important information on all WHFC adoption programs.
How to Get Started
We invite you to learn more about our US Program by viewing our program presentation. If you have registered with us, complete your application as soon as possible to begin the process. If you are not a current WHFC client, register online today.
WHFC Domestic Program Staff
Contact us for more information. We look forward to working with you!
- Steps in the domestic adoption process
- WHFC US Adoption Program Fees
- Domestic adoption resources
- Financing your adoption
- Family stories