Pre-Adoption Foster Care

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Also known as "transitional foster care" and "cradle care," this kind of placement is generally for infants. The babies may need adoption but for some reason there is no family available at the moment; there may be a period of time before placement in the adoptive family while parental rights are terminated; babies may also be placed in transitional care while birthparents, who may need more time, make a final decision on an adoption placement.

Families may be contracted with private agencies or attorneys to fill this role. Pre-adoption placements can be made immediately after birth and straight from the hospital. For tiny, healthy babies it may simply be a couple of weeks or months. But if there are suspicions of mental or physical problems, the wait before placement may be significantly longer, until the diagnosis has been made and a special adoptive family is found. The amount of contact with birthfamily members will depend on individual arrangements.

Credits: This article includes materials prepared by Roger R. Fenton

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Laura - 10 months ago
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My husband and I are interested in fostering babies in transition. Where do we get more information? #1
Tina - 10 months ago
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Our family is very interested in this program. Could we please get more information? Thank you. #2
Leticia - 8 months ago
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I want a baby for adoption #3
Sondra - 11 months ago
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Who do I contact about Cradle Care or Transitional Foster Care. #4
kim - 2 months ago
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I am very interested in cradle care. Who do I contact regarding this #5
Shawna - 3 months ago
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I want to adopt a baby...How do I get to be able to do this? #6
Nancy Richards - 1 year ago
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I would be interested with your Cradle Care or Transitional Foster Care. Please let me know whom I can contact. #7
Lynda - 10 months ago
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I am interested in your transitional foster care for babies. Where do I get more information? #8
Hannah - 11 months ago
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Who do I contact about Cradle Care? #9
Guest - 1 year ago
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My husband and I would love to be a part of this!!! How do we get involved?? #10
Brylee write - 2 years ago
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Our family would love to foster care a child. How long does it take to actually happen? How much does it cost ? How long do you usually foster them for? Thank you so much for this site, it has helped a lot! #11
Marg Wrenne - 2 years ago
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How can I become a foster parent before adoption? #12
Lisa Nelson - 12 months ago
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I would love to be involved with your Cradle Care or Transitional Foster Care. I'm set up for an infant baby girl and would love to be contacted on what I need to do to get started. #13
Wendy Donn - 2 years ago
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I have an interest in providing this type of foster care. Once a home study is done, you have CPR and First Aid Certification, what else is required to provide this assistance? Who would you contact to make sure you are placed on an available placement list? Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. #14
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