Adults adopt - children are adopted. Adults initiate; children respond. It is the adults who need to claim the childen, never the other way around.
Family Focus's Covenants

The Adoption Covenants are documents that were created by Family Focus to recognize a family's decision to unconditionally commit to one another - first for an adult becoming a parent to a child, and then for that child accepting the promises the adult has made.

The Covenants are written and an adoption ceremony is held at the completion of the transition process. While these Covenants have no legal status, they have great emotional resonance and meaning to everyone who has ever witnessed the Adoption Covenant ceremony.

Click here to download Covenant samples:
Parent Covenant
Child Covenant
Baby Covenant
Sibling-to-Sibling Promise
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