Monarch Family Services provides pre and post adoption services. Our mission and purpose is to seek a stable, nurturing, forever home for every child who is eligible for permanent adoption, regardless of race, ethnic background, or physical or emotional challenges. The agency is committed to educating prospective adoptive parents, and the wider community about adoption and related parenting issues. It is our goal to support and facilitate a positive experience for the couples and individuals who have chosen to adopt children that are in custody of Child Protective Services. We offer a full range of adoption services including adoption plans, home study services, educational workshops (e.g. separation and attachment, importance of family connections, trauma of abuse and neglect, CPS discipline policy, Adoption Assistance Program, and Federal Adoption Tax Credit), individual/group counseling, and referrals.
We are an equal opportunity adoption agency that is able to guide and support prospective parent(s) through the process of a completed adoption. Adoptive Parent(s) may be Single or Married and must:
- Be at least 23 years of age, financially stable, and responsible mature adults;
- Complete an an adoptive parent application;
- Share information regarding their background and lifestyle;
- Provide three (3) relative and non-relative references;
- Show proof of marriage and/or divorce (if applicable);
- Agree to a home study which includes visits with all household members;
- Complete a criminal history background check and an abuse/neglect check on all adults 14 and older in the household; and
- Attend adoptive parent training (DFPS Adoption Process, First Aid/CPR, Impact of Abuse and Neglect, Health, Mental Health and Neglect – Diagnosis and Treatment, Birth and Extended Families, Separation and Attachment, Discipline, Prevention of Aggression and Physical Hold, Developing a Life Book, Post Placement Documentation and Monthly Contact, Consummation and Finalization, Post Adoption Resources – Adoption Assistance Program, Federal Adoption Tax Credit, and Post Adoption Services). All training is offered by the agency except First Aid/CPR.
Approved families will be assigned a Case Manager who helps support the family with:
- Presentation of children for possible placement;
- Helping the family maintain DFPS minimum standard and policy requirements;
- Provide support and training based on the family’s strengths and needs;
- Maintain regular contact with the agency, Family Court, and DFPS; and
- Help prospective parents obtain needed services.
For more information about the adoption program please email your name, email address, and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.