FAQs

Can anyone adopt? 
What is the cost of adoption?
Does Adoption Bridges of Kentucky have any extra requirements?
Does Adoption Bridges of Kentucky provide only infant adoptions?
What if the birth parent(s) change their mind?
Have I lost all my money if the birth parent(s) experience a change of heart?
Are there any sources of funding for adoption available?
Does your agency provide full adoption services?
How long is the average wait until placement?
How many placements per year?
Can adoptive parents turn down a placement and continue to be shown?
Do preferences make the adoptive parents wait longer?
How long does it take to terminate parental rights?

Can anyone adopt?

Adoptive parents who meet Kentucky’s regulations, generally, can adopt a child.  In our state, adoption agencies must adhere to Kentucky Standards for Child-Placing Agencies, 922 KAR 1:310, which govern the licensing, administration and operation of adoption agencies.

What is the cost of adoption?

Across the United States, the average cost of an adoption ranges from $35,000 to $45,000.  As a private, non-profit adoption agency, Adoption Bridges of Kentucky’s fee is significantly less than the national average. The agency does not ask for a fee up front and fees are paid at the time of service.

Does Adoption Bridges of Kentucky have any extra requirements?

Adoption Bridges of Kentucky follows the state regulations.  You are welcome to call the Executive Director to discuss any situation in confidence that you think might jeopardize approval of your home study before you go through the consultation process and expend any money.

Does Adoption Bridges of Kentucky provide only infant adoptions?

The agency is licensed to place children ages birth to five years old if their birth parent(s) wish to make a permanent adoption plan.  However, most of the children placed are newborn infants.

What if the birth parent(s) change their mind?

Birth parents have the right to change their minds about placing their child for adoption at any time in the process until their parental rights are terminated in court.

Have I lost all my money if the birth parent(s) experience a change of heart?

If birth parents change their minds about placing the baby for adoption, you will have lost only the money that has been spent for birth parent expenses.

Are there any sources of funding for adoption available?

Yes. We can provide a list of possible resources.

Does your agency provide full adoption services?

Yes, we provide full adoption services.

How long is the average wait until placement?

The average wait is one to two years depending upon preferences.

How many placements per year?

On average, we place twenty to twenty-five infants per year.

Can adoptive parents turn down a placement and continue to be shown?

Yes.  We want a solid match between adoptive parents and birth parents.

Do preferences make the adoptive parents wait longer?

Yes.  We are open to working with your preferences; however, please be aware they may impact your wait.

How long does it take to terminate parental rights?

This depends on the situation.  It can take thirty days, three months or occasionally longer depending upon the circumstances.