Faith Adoption Ministry
BCHFS is fully-licensed in adoptive services for Illinois and not only have the experience to handle complicated adoptions, but the personal care, attention to detail and willingness to create a harmonious environment is unmatched.
We strive to place children with loving, Christian parents residing in Illinois. If families are interested in adopting, they should personally contact the Mt. Vernon office to discuss what services we can best provide for their situation. Applications will only be sent when prospective families have contacted us directly by mail, email or telephone.
“Almost twenty years ago, I placed my son for adoption through Baptist Children’s Home and Maternity Center. You and your staff were so kind and gentle to me as a sixteen-year-old girl who was hurting and confused and ever-so-broken. When I remember the gentle love and unassuming support I received from you and the others there, it still brings me to tears, even now, as I write.” – Kelli
Types of Adoption Services We Provide
Private Domestic & International Adoption Home Studies and Supervision
BCHFS provides domestic and international home study and post-placement services to Illinois families. These services are coordinated by our Mt. Vernon office but may be provided by staff throughout the state. If a family is interested in this service, they should contact Regina Thompson in the Mt. Vernon office.
BCHFS does not directly coordinate international adoptions. As stated, We do provide home study and post-placement services to Illinois families adopting through international agencies outside of Illinois. Click here to view the BCHFS Fee Schedule for International Adoptions.
Private Domestic Adoptions
BCHFS assists Illinois families who are adopting through domestic adoption agencies within and outside of Illinois. These services may include birthparent services and/or home study and post-placement services. Our birthparent services include pre and post-adoption support, liaison services between birth and adoptive parents, accepting of Final Surrenders and other legal documentation to provide a legal and healthy adoption experience.
At the present time, BCHFS does not place children for adoption out of the state of Illinois. However, on occasion, we are asked to assist other out-of-state agencies with adoptive placements. Our role in this procedure is to provide in-home maternity services to birth mothers planning adoption. We also serve as a liaison between the birth parents and the adoptive parents while they are in Illinois. Adoption and interstate documents are completed and the family is notified when they may return to their home state.
BCHFS is licensed to place children born to birth parents we serve in our residential home of Angels’ Cove or those residing in their own homes. As most of those we serve choose to parent, we do few agency placements within a year. Below are eligibility requirements for an agency adoption:
Adoption Eligibility Requirements
Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services is licensed to provide adoption services in Illinois. We have established the following eligibility requirements for prospective parents adopting through our domestic adoption program:
- Applicants must have been married at least 3 years.
- Applicants may have no more than two children in the home and unable to have additional children.
- Oldest parent may not exceed the age of 50 years.
- Applicants must be committed Christians and active in the same evangelical church as described in the Adoptive Parent Faith Declaration.
- Applicants must be Illinois resident
Additional questions may be addressed by emailing us or calling our office at (618) 242-4944.
Birthparents Facing an Unplanned Pregancy and Considering Adoption
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering adoption, Angels’ Cove can help. We can guide you through the process of making a plan for your child through confidential supportive services and care.
The Decision is Yours to Make
Whether you choose to parent or make an adoption plan, Angels’ Cove is here to provide support throughout the decision process. If you choose adoption, Angels’ Cove can assist you by providing emotional support and counseling services through a personalized adoption plan. You can receive services in your home or Angels’ Cove offers housing at our cottage in Mt. Vernon, IL.
Choosing a Family
During your personalized adoption plan, you may choose the family where you want to place your child. We have many pre-screened, Christian Illinois families waiting to adopt, love, and care for a child.
Open or Closed Adoption Options
You determine how much interaction you want with the adoptive family you choose. Some prefer a totally closed arrangement while others may want different degrees of openness.
We’re Here for You
We can work with you while you reside in your own home and/or community. We will travel to you to assist you during the process of your adoption plan.
We also provide housing at our Angels’ Cove cottage in Mt. Vernon and help with transportation and regular obstetric visits. Our facilities are comfortable and staffed with people who will love and support you. Every effort is made to customize services to meet your unique situation. Your counselor will assist you to create a plan and review what you can expect happening during the adoptive process and afterward.
Developing an Adoption Plan
Adoption plans can be made at any time during your pregnancy or even after the birth of your child. Connecting mothers with prospective adoptive families can be a challenge but Angels’ Cove is here to assist you through the confidential process of finding a family for your baby.
What is Required of You in Making an Adoption Plan?
Birthparent of any age and at any point in their pregnancy may make a plan for adoption. You may be pregnant or already have a child whom you feel adoption is in their best interest.
How much does it cost?
There is no charge for services we provide you throughout this process. Our staff will help you locating medical care. We may also assist you with other associated expenses relating to your pregnancy, as permitted by Illinois law.
If you choose to reside at our cottage at Angels’ Cove, there is a $50/month housing fee. Learn more about housing at Angels’ Cove by clicking here.
“Thank you for taking your time and being here for me and my family. My life has really changed for the better while being at the Cove surrounded by wonderful caring people.” – Cierra
“This past year I had the experience of working with Angels’ Cove’s adoption services and I would like to thank everyone there for making my child’s adoption one of the most amazing experiences I’m guessing I will ever have. Everything went very smooth and it was exactly how I expected and wanted it to be. I knew giving my baby up for adoption would be an emotional experience, but what I did not know was how happy it could be. Everyone at Angels’ Cove really made sure that this was a decision I wanted to make and a decision I was extremely comfortable with and proud of. I know personally that adoption can be a tough decision especially if you have no one supporting you, telling you how great that decision is for you and the baby, or even someone to say they’re proud of you. A decision so big and potentially scary needs constant positive reinforcement. Many people think they have two options; abortion, or raising a child. I know now the beauty of adoption, but when I first got pregnant it was the last thing that crossed my mind.” – Hayden
Helping Couples Seeking to Adopt a Child
BCHFS works with both the birthparent and the prospective couple through our domestic adoption program or through home study/post-placement services for international or private domestic adoptions (ID# 401813). View BCHFS Adoption Forms necessary below.
Home Study Services
A home study is an integral and important part of the adoption process. Making sure we place children in a safe and caring environment, where all parties thrive, is often the most important part of the process. This process can take several weeks, where a social worker visits the prospective adoptive couple’s home and conducts interviews for this pre-screening process. BCHFS provides home study services statewide for couples seeking to adopt in the US (domestic) or from another country (international). Home studies are written with your specific adoption in mind and meet both Hague and Interstate Compact guidelines. For questions regarding home study services, please contact the Mt. Vernon office at (618) 382-4164 ext. 3101 or email AdoptionInfo@bchfs.com.
Post-placement services are provided as required by your placement agency and/or country. Post-placement services are conducted once the family has adopted their child and include information on the progress of the child since the adoptive placement. As a licensed adoption provider in the state of Illinois, we also provide home study services statewide for couples seeking to adopt within the state or internationally (ID# 401813).
Domestic and International (Hague-approved) training is available to meet the requirements of adoption and better prepare families on the important issues of adoption. Domestic and International training is offered quarterly. For specific dates, please contact our Mt. Vernon office at (618) 242-4644 or email our office.
BCHFS Adoption Placement Eligibility Requirements
As a licensed adoption agency, BCHFS oversees adoptions with birthmothers served through Angels’ Cove in Mt. Vernon, IL. We facilitate the entire process, while providing loving support to both birthparents and adoptive parents.
Angels’ Cove of Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services is licensed to provide adoption services in Illinois. We have established the following eligibility requirements for prospective parents adopting through our domestic adoption program:
- Applicants must have been married at least 3 years.
- Applicants may have no more than three children.
- Both parents may not exceed the age of 50 years.
- Applicants must be committed Christians and active members in the same evangelical church as described in the Adoptive Parent Faith Declaration.
- Applicants must be Illinois residents.
- Other considerations may apply such as other children in the home, mixed race families, and any physical/mental disabilities within your household.
- Home study and post-placement services are available to families residing in Illinois who are utilizing accredited adoption agencies. We do not assist with adoptions provided through facilitators.
Open or Closed Adoption Options
Both open and closed adoption options are available, although we encourage a degree of openness in most adoptions for the health of all parties concerned. Closed adoptions may extend the waiting period considerably as most birth parents prefer some degree of openness and quickly bypass families who are unwilling to consider this. You may choose how much openness you want with your birth family.
How much does it cost to adopt?
BCHFS wants to make adoption affordable to couples who want to be parents. Fees associated with adoption can be found here. Home study fees are due when the process begins; Post-placement fees after each post-placement visit.
Agency placement fees are based on income. A pre-application fee is required to begin the adoption process. One-half of the adoption fee is due when they receive their child; the balance upon finalization in six months.
A portion of medical expenses may be charged to the family. However, adoptive parents have the option to request only birth mothers whose medical expenses are covered through public assistance or insurance.
Learn more about how you can adopt through Angels’ Cove
Contact our office in Mt. Vernon at (618) 382-4164 ext. 3101 or by email at AdoptionInfo@BCHFS.com. We can work with you on your potential qualifications, the paperwork involved and setting up your adoption plan. Our caring staff wants to make your adoption dreams come true, pairing your family with the best possible birthmother in a streamlined and fully-licensed process.