Our Domestic Adoption Programs

The Differences Between Traditional, Agency-Assisted and Identified

 

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: Interested 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: Interested adoptive parents must be 22 to 50 years old.

Identified Adoption Program

An identified adoption is when an 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.

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).

Across the nation, there is a vast shortage of families seeking to adopt children of African-American descent. 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. 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

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





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