Throughout AmericanAdoptions.com, you will see the terms "birth mother," "pregnant mother," and "birth parent." However, it's important to remember that these terms all refer to the same person: a woman who simply wants to provide her child with the best life possible.
In the articles below, you will learn more about these selfless women and the relationship you may share with the birth parents throughout your adoption journey.
|Learn how to find a birth mother for private adoption and discover the services American Adoptions offers to make this process easier.|
|Our agency comprehensively screens pregnant mothers throughout the adoption process; however, you will notice it does not include drug screenings. Read to find out why.|
|More than 9 out of every 10 women request contact with the adoptive parents. For this reason, we require adoptive families to be accepting of a semi-open adoption.|
|An adoption disruption can leave you feeling shocked, angry, hurt, and – above all – disappointed. But always remember that it is not the end to your adoption journey and your forever child.|
|The definition of open adoption is that there is no exact definition of what an open adoption is. Confused? Read on to learn more.|
|Learn how our staff and attorneys make sure birth mother living expenses are being spent appropriately and handled legally within the state’s laws.|
|American Adoptions asks all of our adoptive families to sign our picture and letter agreement, which promises birth mothers pictures and letters of the adopted child for up to 18 years.|
Learn what a home study is and why you need one to adopt a child.
While adoption home studies vary slightly from agency to agency and state to state, there are several key elements that are almost always included in every home study.
Find a qualified professional in your state to complete your home study.
There are several factors that determine the total cost for an adoption, including the program you choose. Variables such as medical bills, birth mother expenses and legal fees vary for each adoption. We strive to maintain affordable adoptions without cutting corners. Please see the Our Domestic Adoption Programs section for further details.
Have your heart set on a bouncing baby boy or a new little princess? American Adoptions now offers a gender-specific option for families hoping for a specific gender. With this option families would pay an additional Gender-Specific Fee to help our agency locate and work with birth mothers meeting this additional criteria. Please note that gender specificity may increase wait time. This fee is in addition to all other program fees and is not considered part of your adoption budget. Please contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION for minimum budget details.
No - American Adoptions has established relationships with some of the best adoption attorneys in the nation. It is important to note that adoption laws vary state-to-state and often even county-to-county. As such, it is important to utilize the services of an attorney that specializes in adoption in the state the adoption will finalize in, which we will not know until you are matched with an expectant mother. Retaining your own attorney at this time is not necessary and may be an additional expense to you that is not needed.
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