For many couples, infertility, multiple miscarriages or other medical issues impact their ability to give birth.
Deaconess Pregnancy & Adoption (DPA) understands and regularly walks couples through the grief and loss that brings them to evaluate adoption as a way to create or expand their family. Professionals are available to prepare everyone for this journey. Education, home assessments, post-adoption guidance and support are all provided along with ongoing events, counseling and resources.
Infant Adoption Frequently Asked Questions
What are your requirements for adoptive families?
Prospective adopted couples must be married for a minimum of two years if first marriage and five years or more if married more than once, have no more than two biological children and be no younger than the age 21 or older than age 45. All prospective adoptive parents must be actively involved in a Christ-centered church of their choice.
Do couples have to be infertile to adopt through your agency?
We have many couples that have biological children and choose to expand their families via adoption.
How long will we have to wait to get a baby?
That is a difficult question to answer. Because the birth family selects the adoptive family, there is no “Waiting List.” Some of our prospective adoptive families have received a child less than two weeks after approval and others have waited considerably longer.
Can we choose our child’s gender?
Do you place with couples that live out of state?
Yes! We are licensed in every state but Arkansas.
What is the difference between open, semi-open and closed adoptions?
An open adoption involves ongoing contact and visits with the birth family without the agency as a mediator. This type of relationship usually evolves over time, usually beginning as a semi-open adoption.
A semi-open adoption means you stay connected with your birth family with the agency as mediator. This arrangement involves the exchange of pictures, emails and letters and often involves visits.
In a closed or confidential adoption, there is no exchange of identifying information and you do not meet the birth family. Closed adoptions are very rare and are facilitated at the request of the birth family only.
For more information about initiating your Journey of Adoption thru DPA, please download this PDF file: Infant Adoption Application (PDF)