Adoptive Family FAQs

FAQs About Indiana Adoption for Adoptive Families

Adoption is a wonderful, life-changing experience but it can seem daunting when you don’t know how the process will work. Below, you’ll find a list of frequently asked questions pertaining to the adoption process for those hoping to adopt. If you have a question that isn’t on this list or would like more information about a topic listed here, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to support your decision and to help ensure your dreams become a reality!

Our FAQs for Adoptive Families

  • What is the first step to adopting a child?

    You’ve already taken it! The first step to adopting is simply gathering more knowledge so that you can make an informed decision. We’re so glad you’re here!
  • How do I start the adoption process?

    After you’ve researched the adoption process a little on your own, it’s time to fill out an adoption inquiry so that we can get to know you better. This way, we can give you more personalized attention as you welcome your next family member.
  • What locations does Courageous Hearts serve?

    We are proud to work with mothers and hopeful adoptive parents across the entire country. You are not restricted from adopting based on the state unless you live in New York due to the laws in that state. If you are from New York, we can refer you to an agency in your state.
  • How much does adoption cost?

    The costs associated with adoptions vary when working with a private agency to adopt a newborn or child, based on state laws and regulations. Interested in learning more? Please contact us.
  • How do I fund an adoption?

    Adoption can be expensive. Courageous Hearts can connect you with valuable resources and organizations that offer loans, tax credits, grants, and employer benefits.

    1. Loans. Some banks offer adoption loans that may have a lower interest rate.
    2. Tax credits. You might be eligible for a nonrefundable tax credit for qualified adoption expenses. Visit and/or your state’s website. Talk to your tax advisor for more information
    3. Grants. If you h the IRSave completed a home study, you may be eligible for various grants to help complete your adoption. One grant option is’s quarterly grant program.
    4. Employer benefits. Some employers provide adoption benefits including financial assistance and paid or unpaid leave. Check with your HR Department or review your employee benefits package.

  • What are some reasons my home study could be rejected?

    Common reasons for a rejected home study include, but are not limited to, a criminal history, prior child abuse history, unstable marital relationship, poor references, or financial strains where your household income is determined to not be able to support an adoption. In addition, we require our adoptive families to be open to the option of an open adoption. If you have questions regarding your ability to pass a home study, please ask us.
  • What is the average wait time to be chosen and adopt a child?

    The average wait period can be anywhere between 20 to 36 months, unless you are seeking a child of a specific gender. Others may experience longer or much shorter wait times.
  • Can I request certain demographics for the child I’m hoping to adopt?

    Yes, but your wait could be anywhere from 2 to 4 years.
  • What if no one chooses me to adopt their baby?

    We cannot guarantee you will get a placement; however, we keep our client list small to improve the placement ratio. In addition, we provide services to promote your family profile for higher visibility with birth mothers.