Adoption Disruption / Adoption Dissolution:
All adoptions are undertaken with the best of intentions. But sometimes things just don't work out as all had hoped, and it becomes
necessary for an adopted child to move to a new family. This process is called
The reasons for
adoption dissolution are many. Adoptive parents might not have been adequately prepared or educated.
Sometimes circumstances in the adoptive family can change the family dynamics through divorce, a move, or a new child entering the
family. Perhaps the child has issues or needs that were not revealed or were unknown at the time of referral or placement. Maybe it is a simple matter of lack of ‘fit’ and clashing personalities.
In all cases, both the disrupting family and the child in need of a new family must be treated with compassion, respect, and love.
adoption crisis assistance resource, All Blessings International
assists families in crisis in the hopes of preventing an
adoption dissolution. If it becomes evident that a new family would be in the
child's best interest, we will facilitate the identification of a new adoptive family willing and able to
adopt from disruption.
Adopting from Disruption:
Families that are best suited for adopting a child from disruption tend to be flexible people with a good
support system in place. They know that love is not enough to heal wounds and scars from a traumatic or
hurtful past, and are creative and resourceful enough to find the professional help their child needs.
Experienced parents are often best prepared, but some new parents who have already experienced,
overcome, and grown after struggles of their own can excel in adopting from disruption too. Some of our Mending Hearts children
need to be the only or youngest
child in a family. Others will do well with siblings. Their range of special needs range from
mild to severe. ABI does our best to work with the first adoptive families to identify all of the
child’s needs, strengths, and issues, but families adopting from disruption must always be prepared
for surprises – both positive and negative.
Prospective adoptive families interested in
adopting from disruption
through the ABI
Mending Hearts Program
can submit an approved home study and family profile to ABI. Maintaining an approved home study
will allow us to make a match for your family as quickly as possible.
Ready to get started?
Follow the steps below to inquire about a specific child
waiting in our Mending Hearts program or to enroll as a Mending Hearts Alternate Family.
- Fill in our
Mending Hearts Alternate Family form. Email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org,
or fax it to 270-684-6748.
- A Mending Hearts case worker will contact you within two to three business days. Due to the nature of the program and high volume of inquiries
and families in crisis MAJORITY OF COORESPOINDENCE WILL BE VIA EMAIL. At this time we are not able to
take calls unless scheduled in advance. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.
We will send you a program registration form. The cost to register as a Mending Hearts Alternate Family is $25.00.
the explanation for the Alternate Family registration fee and program here.
- Registered Mending Hearts Alternate Families will receive regular, updated listings and non-identifying information about children in the
Mending Hearts program for six months following their enrollment.
- Registered families can request additional information about Mending Hearts children.
After you are registered, if you believe that your family is a good match for one of our Mending Hearts children, ABI will facilitate
discussion and counseling to ensure that the match is in the best interest of the child and your existing family.
We will work with both the original adoptive family
and your family to satisfy all legal requirements, and we will
provide support services to the new adoptive family to help ease the transition of the
child and the family.