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Frequently Asked Questions

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How long will it take to receive a child?

The Miriam Project does not have set time limit or expectation for how long it will take for an adoptive family to receive a child. We believe that there is a specific home for each child and we work with the birth mother to find that home for the child. Therefore, the Miriam Project does not have a "first come, first serve" waiting list for adoptive families. The birth mother reviews prospective family profiles and letters that are prepared by the adoptive families and chooses which families she would like to consider. Thus, we cannot estimate the length of time you might wait for a child.

How much will it cost?

The cost of each placement varies depending on the needs of the associated birth family. [Our Fee Schedule is available as a downloadable PDF document.] As a matter of principle, the Miriam Project does not set a large, fixed amount for adoption; we are sympathetic to the cost-prohibitive nature of adoption for families, and we do not seek to operate as a for-profit business. However, there could be medical and living expenses associated with the placement. Every birth mother has different needs, which lead to different adoption costs. Before an adoptive family agrees to work with a specific birth mother, we can identify the general cost associated with that placement.

Do you provide open or confidential adoptions?

We provide both open and confidential adoptions, as determined by agreement between the adoptive and birth families regarding the level and amount of personal information to be shared. We look for a match between the birth family and the adoptive family in terms of their comfort level.

Is the Miriam Project involved in international adoptions?

The Miriam Project does not facilitate International Adoptions. However, we have a working relationship with Attorney-At-Law Michele Jackson. Ms. Jackson is an Adoption Consultant and expert with International Adoptions and currently works with Haiti, China, Guatemala, Nepal and the Ukraine.

We also have working relationships with other licensed adoption agencies that facilitate international adoptions. The Miriam Project can complete home studies for international adoptions and provide follow-up reports that are often required by foreign countries.

What are the basic requirements for a family to adopt?
  • At least 23 years of age
  • U.S. citizens by birth or naturalization
  • High school diploma or its equivalent
  • Completed Home Study
  • No Criminal Record
  • No history of domestic violence
  • No history of committed sexual abuse
  • Financial stability
  • Four letters of reference (non-relatives), including a minister or pastor from your faith community
  • Sign the statement of faith