Making an Adopotion Plan
1. An adoption plan is a formula for how the Birth Parents wish for the process to look, including which type of adoption they would like and the level of involvement they are interested in after the adoption is finalized.
2. The Birth Mother or the Birth Parents must voluntarily relinquish, or give up, their parental rights.
After Birth Parents have contacted the adoption agency, a series of steps will begin in order to secure a placement for the child.
3. Birth Parent’s need to review applications to select an adoptive family. This may require a phone call or person to person meeting so both parties feel comfortable.
4. Once an adoptive family has been selected, state laws will dictate the following steps, all of which are in place to ensure the Adoptive Parents will be able to provide the child with a safe and healthy home. We require tasks for the Birth Parents, including providing marital, education, employment histories, as well as criminal background checks and extended family information. The Adoptive Parents will undergo a home study where the couple is formally evaluated to determine their appropriateness as parents, and there will be a review of all other reports.
5. A Judge will review the adoption case. It is at this time that the Judge considers the Birth Parent’s application to relinquish their rights to the child, along with the information pertaining to the Adoptive Parent’s suitability. This court hearing will give physical custody to the adoptive parents until finalization can occur.
6. Finalization in Guam is usually 1 year after placement but can be adjusted if the courts feel it necessary. Depending on the specifics of the adoption, Birth Parents may or may not need to appear in court. Sometimes a private meeting be held and the agency’s attorney can take the paperwork to court without the presence of the Birth Parents.
*The only legal party that may prevent placement is the birth father, who in some circumstances, may have the legal right to do so. Birth fathers, if known, should be notified of an adoption decision before it happens.