Frequently Asked Questions
If you are interested in becoming an adoptive parent with A Better Chance for Our Children, please click here to fill out an interest registration form.
Once you submit the registration form, we will invite you to participate in the next cycle of Resource Parent Preparation Classes. This training includes four informal group sessions held on alternate Saturdays, 9:00am – 4:00pm, for a total 28 hours of training. The group sessions typically include 20 – 30 people who are contemplating foster care, adoption, or respite. To see when our next classes are scheduled, please click here to check the calendar.
During these preparation classes we present our families with a great deal of information regarding the challenges our children often bring to families. We strongly believe in the importance of educating our families as the education provides a more solid family foundation. This education, like our support, continues over the life cycle of foster care, adoption or respite. The children waiting for homes now need strong, prepared resource parents. At the core of our program is a focus on preparing and supporting the parents who come to us; however, the priority is ministering to the needs of children.
The preparation classes are also an opportunity for prospective parents to study the agency and the staff as representatives of the agency. We want you to be comfortable with our staff. At A Better Chance for Our Children we believe that it is imperative that people coming to us are honest and open about their experiences. The relationship we build with you is the basis of all the work we do together. We must be comfortable with one another if we are to do this most important work together. We believe you will enjoy working with the staff at A Better Chance for Our Children and want you to know that we look forward to working with you!
After you complete the preparation classes and submit the required paperwork, an initial home visit will be scheduled to begin the home study process. A total of three visits will be required before the home study is complete. The paperwork includes an application, autobiography, medical forms for everyone living in the home, personal references, and background checks (fingerprinting) for you and other adults living in the home as required by law.
Once your home study process is complete and you are approved as an adoptive family, the process of connecting you with waiting children can begin!
If you are interested in pursuing a 2nd Parent Adoption or petitioning for Permanent Guardianship, a home study is required by family court. Once you submit your petitions to family court and select the agency you would like to complete your home study, we will receive a referral from court and can get started. Please feel free to call our offices in Milford (302-725-5008) or Wilmington (302-746-7265) for more information.