CRITIERIA AND GUIDELINES
ECFA makes referrals to adoption-experienced attorneys who provide their services at a reasonable cost.
In some instances, ECFA may make a referral for a mental health assessment.
Applicants must be able to live within their income and demonstrate the ability to meet the financial needs of any child(ren) in their home. Applicants should be adequately insured (i.e. Health, Life, Medical, Auto).
Medical examinations are required of each person living in the home. Applicants must be in good general health so as to assure their physical capacity to care for children. Physical limitations are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Housing must meet state of Wisconsin minimum standards.
Applicants are required to be married for a minimum of two years.
Applicants who have been divorced will be evaluated individually, and may be eligible if they meet all other requirements.
Since ECFA is an Evangelical Christian agency, adoptive applicants need to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and be actively involved in a Protestant Evangelical church. It is also expected that prospective adoptive individuals or couples agree with the agency’s Christian Lifestyle Guidelines.
ECFA-WI serves families within a 100-mile radius from the New Berlin office.
TIME BETWEEN PLACEMENTS
Application for a subsequent adoption cannot be made until the finalization of the most recent adoption. A family’s profile will not be active until their most recent adopted child has been in the home at least nine months.
ECFA requires a minimal level of openness in all cases. Higher levels of openness depend upon each party’s preferences.