Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions for Adoptive Parents

We use a variety of methods to locate and attract birth mothers. The internet provides a wide variety of opportunities to connect with birth mothers, and other forms of outreach including social media, print advertising, as well as referrals from previous clients of our agency. We have an active outreach and education training program where professionals are educated about the option of adoption so that they are prepared to speak with their patients or clients who are exploring their pregnancy or parenting options. 

Adopting parents must complete the educational requirements, complete the homestudy and have an Adoptive Family Profile before being shown to potential birthparents. The exact timeline of when you will become a parent is not known. A birth parent looking for a family just like yours, may seek the services of Golden Cradle Adoption Services shortly after you join our program or it may take longer. Also a family’s openness regarding the desired gender and health status of a child significantly impacts the time frame of the adoption process. Most families will adopt domestically within 4 years after completing agency requirements.

  • Birth Certificates
  • Marriage License
  • Divorce Petitions and Decrees
  • Military Discharge Documents
  • Verification of Income
  • Autobiographical information, such as family history, childhood, education, employment history, personality, interests
  • FBI fingerprinting
  • State criminal record clearances
  • Medical examination reports
  • Financial statement, verification of income, and insurance information
  • References

In New Jersey the birth parent can relinquish their parental rights 72 hours after the child is born. The child’s adoption cannot be finalized, however, until placement has been made for six months and other requirements have been met.

For considering options when pregnant, women can talk with an adoption lawyer or adoption agency. In New Jersey adoptive parents will need a lawyer to finalize the adoption and an agency to conduct the home study.

Just like choosing a doctor for your pregnancy, choosing an adoption agency is something that you should do based on what agency has the right program to meet your needs. You should also be sure that the agency is fully licensed and has a proven track record. Decide what is important to you, and then ask the agency how they will meet those needs for you.

Our fees cover services rendered, and are thus due as you move forward through the different stages of your adoption process.

Financial assistance for adoption is an important consideration for adoptive parents. We have various payment plans to better meet the needs of your household. Many families are doing fundraising through their churches or communities, learning about adoption reimbursement through employers and considering loans from home equity and retirement to help fund their adoptions. There are many sources for grants and loans for adopting parents who meet particular criteria.

We welcome LGBT families, however families should be aware that adoption laws are decided independently by each state and international countries also have their own laws regarding whether or not LGBT families can adopt. We must abide by the adoption laws in the state where the family resides or the international country they are adopting from. Families in NJ can adopt domestically.

Yes! You don’t need to be married or in a relationship to adopt through Golden Cradle Adoption Services.

There are certain crimes that will prevent you from being permitted to adopt. You may want to check with us to review a list of those crimes. Other crimes are not necessarily barriers to adopting a child.We encourage you to discuss your entire history and current situation with our social work staff as you move forward with the adoption process.

During the preparation for adoption, as you complete your homestudy, your social worker counsels you and provides information and support. They may also provide information on adoptive parent support groups, a valuable resource. These may be general or specific to a certain type family, for example the Committee for Single Adoptive Parents. Education sessions are required and adopting families will meet other adopting families during these sessions.

After placement, Golden Cradle Adoption Services staff offers post-adoption services to you. These include support groups, individual and family counseling, workshops on specific topics of parenting, or ongoing contact with your social worker. Our staff also facilitate communication between the birth parent(s) and the adoptive parent(s) upon request. Supervised reunions can also be arranged.

We also provide adoptee and birth parent searches for clients whose adoption was processed through the agency.

Any woman of childbearing age could find herself in the position of an unplanned pregnancy. Our experienced social workers provide intensive unbiased counseling to expectant parents around parenting options. Birth parents have a great deal of love for their children and come to us for support in making a thoughtful plan for their child.

Yes, as long as your are a resident of New Jersey. We provide home studies for many families adopting independently and we have the expertise to work with you and your adoption attorney. We provide domestic home studies for agency or independent (attorney) adoptions. We provide home study and support services as you work closely with the attorney to navigate the legal process of adoption.