The families who adopt through APO are Christian couples who have been married for at least three years. One of them commits to being a stay-at-home parent (working no more than 20 hours per week outside of the home) until the child reached kindergarden. Before acceptance into APO's program, each family undergoes extensive screening to include: FBI background checks, financial stability, health screening, motivations to adopt, reference checks, etc. and they attend many hours of adoption and parenting education.
Adoptive couples learn a great deal about APO before they submit an application. They first attend an Informational Meeting followed a month or so later by a 2 day Adoption Education Seminar. After this seminar, they can complete an application and begin the Home Study Process. Once approved, a prospective adoptive family submits a "Life Book." This is a scrap book they create which includes written work and photographs of the prospective adoptive family, their home, pets, hobbies, relatives, etc. APO clients who are considering adoption for their child can view Life Books at the APO office. These are also available to be checked out overnight.
Families who are intersted in learning more about the adoption process through Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach should go to Adoption Process and read our on-line Information Packet.