“Bottom line is, even if you see them coming, you're not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does.
So, what are we, helpless? Puppets? Nah. The big moments are gonna come, you can't help that. It's what you do afterwards that counts. That's
when you find out who you are." - Joss Whedon

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

An Adoption Agency Option: Lutheran Community Services

The LDSFS Adoption Team in Renton has been doing some calling around to learn more about additional adoption agencies in the Washington area and we found what seems to be a great resource.  Lutheran Community Services offers an Adoption Consultation for $200 to help individuals and couples decide which path to take toward building a family.  They also offer home studies for those who may need just that service ($1200).  For more information, keep reading!  And if anyone has ever worked with this agency, we would ALL love to hear more about your experience.  Please comment below. 

Lutheran Community Services

115 NE 100th Street, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98125

LCS is located in Seattle and offers home study services for individuals in King and Snohomish County.   (Other areas might be eligible with an additional mileage fee). LCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, income, marital status or sexual orientation.

They offer Adoption Consultation for a fee of $200. Many options for creating a family would be considered including international adoption, domestic infant adoption, artificial insemination, foster care and foster-adoption.  The goal would be to help families find the option that is right for them. 

LCS also offers home study services.  The fee is $1200.  (If the couple participated in the Adoption Consultation, the $200 would be applied to the $1200 total). The process consists of a series of interviews as well as a walk-through of your home.  Applicants would be asked to submit references, a physical and proof of financial ability to care for a child.  As part of the study process, you would gain information and training on adoption issues.  If you choose to work with LCS and the foster to adopt program, the fee for the home study is $500 rather than $1200.   

LCS does not work with birth-parents. However, they are able to provide you with a complete home-study for $1200 which you can then use at another agency (or use in conjunction with an attorney etc.)  Home-studies completed by LCS reportedly can be used for domestic adoptions, foster adoption as well as step –parent adoptions.

Call 206-694-5713 to schedule an appointment.  The program manager’s name is Laurie (she is the one who does the Adoption Consultations) and her direct line is: 206-694-5731.

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