Our Domestic Adoption Programs

American Adoptions is a national, full-service adoption agency that completes more than 300 adoptions every year through the following domestic adoption programs:

Traditional Program:

The Traditional Program involves the adoption of all non-African American healthy newborns. Races include, but are not limited to, Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, etc. or any non-African American combination of races.

Average Wait:

  • Wait until match: 1 to 9 months
  • Wait until placement: 3 to 12 months

* 75 percent of adoptive families adopt within our average wait times.

Gender Specificity: Optional, but may increase wait time.

Parent Eligibility: Heterosexual couples married at least two years. Both adoptive parents must be 25 to 50 years old and have no more than two previous children.

Agency-Assisted Program:

The Agency-Assisted Program involves the adoption of healthy newborns of full African-American heritage or any race combined with African-American heritage.

Average Wait:

  • Wait until match: 1 to 6 months
  • Wait until placement: 1 to 9 months

* 75 percent of adoptive families adopt within our average wait times.

Gender Specificity: Optional, but may increase wait time.

Parent Eligibility: Heterosexual couples married at least two years. Both adoptive parents must be 22 to 50 years old.

Identified Adoption Programs:

An identified adoption is one in which the adoptive family and birth mother locate each other through their own networking avenues, without our agency's assistance.

American Adoptions offers three Identified Adoption Programs, with each program varying by level of service needed to finalize the adoption. All of our programs include adoption education, birth parent support and counseling, and the coordination of all necessary documents required to finalize your adoption.

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The following is a list of services included in the total fees of our Traditional and Agency-Assisted Programs, as well as our Identified Adoption Programs, when necessary:

  • 24-hour birth parent counseling
  • Legal fees for adoptive family and birth parents
  • Marketing and advertising expenses
  • Birth parent living expenses
  • Medical expenses, including prenatal care and hospital fees
  • Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC)
  • Finalization
  • Post-adoption correspondence

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In all of our domestic adoption programs, adoptive families can place a cap on their adoption cost, and their information will only be shown to birth mothers whose adoption plans fall within their budget. If a birth mother changes her mind and decides to parent, our Risk-Sharing Program covers most, if not all, of the lost expenses, including:

  • all living expenses
  • all prenatal care expenses
  • up to $5,000 of legal expenses

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FAQ's

What is the difference between the Traditional Program and the Agency-Assisted Program?

The Agency-Assisted Program is for the adoption of African-American or biracial children that are part African-American. The Traditional Program is for the adoption of all non-African-American children (i.e. Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or any combination of races that do not include African-American heritage).

The Agency-Assisted Program was designed to bring attention to the need for families to adopt African-American or part African-American children in the U.S. Across the nation, there is a vast shortage of families seeking to adopt children of African-American descent. American Adoptions created the Agency-Assisted Program to bring light to this need and to aid families seeking to adopt African-American children.

As part of the Agency-Assisted Program, American Adoptions subsidizes the advertising costs to make the adoption process more affordable for families. Families may join both the Agency-Assisted Program and the Traditional Program if they desire.

Another benefit to the Agency-Assisted Program is the lower wait time experienced by families in this program. Because fewer families are open to adopting a child with African-American heritage, families in the Agency-Assisted Program receive more exposure to expectant mothers.

What if my family doesn’t meet one of your agency requirements? Can I still adopt?

We make exceptions to our agency requirements on a case-by-case basis. To have your family reviewed, please submit a letter explaining your situation and the requirement you wish to have waived. Our Board of Directors will then review your case. Letters can be submitted to:

American Adoptions
Attn: Adoption Advisory Board

9101 West 110th St. Suite 200

Overland Park, KS 66210

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For information about our domestic adoption programs, please call an Adoption Specialists at 1-800-ADOPTION or click the following for free adoption information or to get started with American Adoptions.





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