Connecting Hearts Infant Adoption
Let Us Help You Grow Your Family
Children's Connections wants to make every step of your infant adoption journey as smooth as possible!
We will handle all details of your infant adoption journey– from your first inquiry until when your adoption is finalized – with continued support at every step of your adoption journey down the road! Connecting Hearts is focused on placing newborn infants, and occasionally older children, in loving adoptive homes across the United States. We believe that adoption should be available to all who are willing and capable of providing a child with a loving, nurturing home.
We provide free adoption consultations to help assess your needs, develop an action plan for your adoption, and assist you in implementing your plan. You only pay for the specific services that are provided to you.
Think of us as your full service child and infant adoption tour guide!
Children’s Connections works with adoptive parents and birth parents to create adoption plans that best meet the needs of all involved. Our birth parents are all from Texas, but our adoptive parents come from throughout the United States. We work with all families equally and our main criteria is that you can provide a loving home.
Our Adoption specialists will develop openness plans that are in agreement with the wishes of the birth and adopting families. We encourage openness in adoption, since openness leads to more successful outcomes for everyone in the adoption triangle. However, we understand that some situations, and some families, may choose varying levels of openness. Each situation is different and we will have in-depth conversations to find out what is right for you, the child, and birth parents.
When a birth mother comes to us that meets your choices, your profile will be shown. Birth mothers will see every profile that are matches. We do not limit the number of profiles shown just because one adoptive family may have been working with us longer than the next family. The Birth Mother deserves to see all available choices. This increases your chances of being picked sooner.
30+ Years of Child and Infant Adoption Experience
Since 1987, Children's Connections adoption agency has been working with families and infant adoptions. We have completed hundreds of placements over the years and average approximately 30 adoptions per year. Our adopting pool is limited in size to 25 to 30 families. We limit the pool size so that no one has to wait a long time!
Texas Statewide Coverage For Adoptees and Adopters
Our Adoption Agency is statewide! We have over 70 satellite locations throughout the state of Texas. Our primary Adoption Support Center is located in Lubbock, Texas. CCI works with expectant mothers located across Texas and we are able to provide local services to help each one have a healthy pregnancy. Texas is the second largest state in the union in terms of size and population, the state government has created laws that are very pro adoption, thus increasing the number of adoptions taking place each year.
Communication is Very Important
Communication is extremely important to us. Our adoption specialists will be in contact with you and the birth mother on a weekly basis once a match has been made. We want to build a strong relationship with you and the birth mother. We also encourage you to build a relationship with the birth mother as well. By adopting, you are creating a life long bond.
Profile Book Expertise and Help
When creating your profile book, do not stress, we will be there to guide you through it. We understand what birth mothers are looking for in Texas and we can help you create the right profile book for you. Your profile book is what is presented to birth families to choose from and we want each one to be amazing.
We will be with you from the beginning to the end of your infant adoption journey, plus years beyond!
Who Children's Connections Serves
Children’s Connections, Inc. (CCI) is a licensed child-placing adoption agency through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Through our Connecting Hearts Domestic Adoption Program, CCI:
- Places children ages from newborn to 17 years old with an emphasis on children less than one year of age
- Provides services to all types of adoptive families both in and out of Texas
- Works with all levels of openness in adoption (Closed, Semi-open, and Open)
- Assists families who have or have not identified a birth mother and child
- Has knowledgeable and experienced staff familiar with all facets of the domestic adoption process
As a full-service child and infant adoption agency through the State of Texas, CCI is able to:
- Guide adoptive families through every phase of the adoption process through the support of our staff.
- Provide ongoing education and training on parenting and adoption-related issues.
- Conduct the home study and post placement supervision and visits.
- Facilitate the matching process and openness agreement between adoptive and birth families.
- Complete the legal work associated with a domestic adoptive placement.
- Offer information, resources, referrals and support during the adoption process and beyond.
Services Provided to Adoptive Parents
Services Provided to Adoptive Parents
Children’s Connections, Inc. (CCI) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children in home, child care and community settings. We provide support services to children, parents & other caregivers. In our Connecting Hearts domestic adoption program, we place children from birth to age seventeen, with an emphasis on placements for children under one year of age. CCI places children of either gender as well as children with & without special medical or emotional needs.
We are able to provide adoptive parents complete adoption services in domestic adoptions. In our program, you will receive the following services:
- Consultations about Your Desires
- Home Study Services
- Inclusive Agency Fee
- Adoption Paperwork Processing
- Case Management Services
- Matching Services with Birth Parents
- Post-adoption Support and Supervision for Adoptive Families
- Adoption Finalizations
Affording Your Adoption
You have many options when deciding how you will fund their adoption expenses. Additional resources may be discussed with a Children’s Connections, Inc. (CCI) Adoption Coordinator. The following are a few ideas to consider and we strongly suggest visiting our Making Adoption Affordable Page for more details.
Federal Adoption Tax Credit:
As an adoptive parent you are eligible to receive up to a $13,570 (for 2018) tax credit once your adoption is complete. The credit is a dollar for dollar refund of qualified expenses.
Employee Benefits Programs:
About one quarter of the nation’s employers offer some type of adoption benefits to their employees.
State Adoption Reimbursement Programs:
Adoption subsidies are available for children with special needs.
The United States military reimburses active-duty personnel for most one-time adoption costs up to $2,000 per child. Click Here to Learn More
There are various types of loans available to help families with adoption expenses.
There are many grants available to assist with the cost of your adoption.
Frequently Asked Questions:
The benefits include the adoptive family will have access to the child’s health history, have the opportunity to develop a relationship with the child’s birth parents and be able to share with the child the reasons his or her birth parents made an adoption plan. Open adoption is beneficial to all parts of the adoption triad, the adoptive family, birth parents and child.
Openness in adoption is defined as contact between the adoptive and birth families and is on a continuum from closed to open adoption. Openness in adoption is not co-parenting or confusing for the child. Instead, it allows some level of contact between the birth and adoptive families throughout the child’s life. This helps the child not to feel abandoned or rejected.
Most birth parents want some level of openness, but the amount of desired contact varies. We help birth and adoptive families negotiate and come to an agreement about the level of openness in the adoption. This level of openness is not legally binding, but is based on trust and facilitated by CCI.
Please contact us to learn more information. We would love to discuss our infant adoption program in more detail with you and your family.
Adoption Programs We Offer
Children’s Connections is a licensed child-placing agency in Texas. We work with birth parents, genetic embryo donors and adoptive parents. We conduct infant, child, and embryo adoption that best meet the needs of all individuals involved.