ADOPTION FAQ

Why should we choose a private agency?

A private agency like A Better World can provide a full range of adoption services to adoptive couples. We can locate, screen birth parents and provide adoption counseling for all parties. A Better World can also oversee the prenatal care arrangements for the birth mother. We can manage all legal proceedings and make arrangements for relinquishment of the child.

Do the adoptive parents have to talk to and meet the birth parents?

In most cases, the birth parents do want to talk to the adoptive parents during the pregnancy and many want to meet with them. The agency primarily does “semi‐open” adoptions which means that identifying information is not shared with the birth parents. The birth parents will know the adoptive parents’ first names and the state in which they reside, but NOT their last names or the city in which they reside. Semi‐open adoptions do not include visits between the birth parents and child once the child has been placed in the adoptive parents’ home. Once the child is placed with the adoptive parents, they can send pictures and letters for the birth parents through the agency.

What types of adoptions do you do?

A Better World specializes in domestic adoption. A majority of our adoptions are semi‐open, but we strive to tailor all of our adoptions to the specific needs of all parties involved.  



Do the adoptive parents have to talk to and meet the birth parents?

In most cases, the birth parents do want to talk to the adoptive parents during the pregnancy and many want to meet with them. The agency primarily does “semi‐open” adoptions which means that identifying information is not shared with the birth parents. The birth parents will know the adoptive parents’ first names and the state in which they reside, but NOT their last names or the city in which they reside. Semi‐open adoptions do not include visits between the birth parents and child once the child has been placed in the adoptive parents’ home. Once the child is placed with the adoptive parents, they can send pictures and letters for the birth parents through the agency.

What about the birth mother's expenses?

A financial needs assessment for eligible birth mothers requiring assistance will be prepared by A Better World.  In Connecticut, certain expenses may be paid for the benefit of or on behalf of a birth parent, by a licensed adoption agency. These expenses may include housing, food, medical care and transportation.

When is the child placed with us?

In some cases,the child will be placed with you immediately after the child is born.  Typically, birth parents choose to spend some time with the child before placing the child in your care. 


In order to take placement of the child you will have to execute certain documents accepting the responsibilities of parenting, and any legal or medical risks associated with the adoption. 

What are the birth parent relinquishment laws?

This differs from state to state.

What do the adoptive parents need to do to get started?

Get started by making a call to A Better World. We can walk you through the adoption process, step by step.

How long is the Home Study valid in Connecticut?

In Connecticut, the home study is valid for 24 months but needs to be updated every twelve months.