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Program Manager: Darlene Catton


ACF Adoptions (ACF)

General Information:
  • The Children’s Bridge is working in partnership with ACF Adoptions (ACF), based in North Miami Beach, Florida.
  • Adoptive family is chosen by an expectant mother/father who wish to make an adoption plan for their child.
  • Approximately 50% of the children are African American, 40% are bi-racial, Asian and/or Hispanic, and 10% are Caucasian. 
  • Infants are placed with adoptive family approximately 10 – 14 days following the birth. 
  • Adoption is finalized in Florida approximately 6 months after placement. Family does not need to travel to Florida for finalization, but must present for the finalization hearing by phone.
  • Children will maintain dual citizenship, and annual US tax returns will need to be filed on behalf of the child by the adoptive family.
  • Time from dossier submission to receiving a proposed match is approximately 9 – 18 months. 
  • Applicants must be open to semi-open adoptions, as they will need to exchange pictures and letters with the birth family through the agency until the child reaches 18. Some situations may allow for more openness. 
  • Applicants will complete a checklist outlining various situations they are open to (i.e. some in-utero exposure to drugs/alcohol, familial history of mental illness, unknown birth father, etc.).
  • In many situations, the adoptive family will have the opportunity to meet the birth mother/father during their trip to Florida.
  • Children with various special needs are also available (i.e. Hep C, HIV, prenatal exposure to possible substance abuse, etc.).
  • 3 post-placement reports are required during the first 90 days home in order to finalize the adoption.
  • Children will reside in an interim home care until placement occurs with the adoptive family. 
  • This program costs between $80,000 and $100,000. 
  • There are no fixed age restrictions. 
  • Program open to married couples (including transgender and same sex) and single applicants. 
  • Family must be open to a child of any racial background.
  • Applicants must be in sound physical and emotional health.
  • Family must be open to an open or semi-open adoption.
  • Family must be open to signing an Exchange Agreement with birth family.
  • Applicants must have a stable financial portfolio.
  • One member of the family must be a Canadian citizen.
  • Applicants must be free from criminal record.
  • Complete consultation with Program Manager.
  • Submit ACF’s preliminary application form.
  • Completion of home study, PRIDE training and approval in province.
  • Compile dossier and family profile booklets.
  • Once homestudy approval is received and dossier has been compiled, documents will be submitted to ACF in Florida.
  • Match received and reviewed.
  • Baby is born and referral documents received.
  • Family travels to Florida.
  • Completion of home study (average time 3 – 6 months).
  • Approval in province varies from 4 – 16 weeks.
  • Processing of adoption dossier (Canada and U.S.) averages 4 – 6 weeks.
  • Wait for proposal approximately 9 – 18 months.
  • Travel to Florida approximately 10 – 14 days after birth.
  • One trip of 7 – 14 days is required.
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