What is Domestic Adoption?

Domestic adoption (or private domestic) refers to the placement of U.S.-born infants for adoption by their birth parents, who legally consent to the adoption with an adoptive family of their choosing.

In the articles below, you will learn more about domestic adoption with American Adoptions, including our various domestic adoption programs, the domestic adoption process and more. You will also learn more about domestic adoption in general, including the differences between domestic, international and foster care adoption.

How to Adopt - The Domestic Adoption Process

Wondering how to adopt domestically? Read the following article to learn the steps of the domestic adoption process.

Adopting a Baby through Private Domestic Adoption

Why do so many people pursue private domestic adoption to adopt a baby?

Adoption for Same-Sex Couples

American Adoptions works with same-sex couples to help expand their families through adoption.

Requirements to Adopt a Child

As a national adoption agency, American Adoptions adheres to each state’s private domestic adoption laws and requirements. If you are eligible to adopt in your state, you are likely eligible to adopt through American Adoptions.

Domestic vs. International Adoption

When comparing domestic and international adoption, there are many factors a couple must consider: cost, wait times, children available, medical and social history, and legal concerns.

The Differences Between Private and Foster Adoption

The differences between private adoption and foster care adoption are immense, and each has their own advantages and disadvantages, depending on your adoption goals.

Transracial Adoption in America

Transracial adoption (or interracial adoption) refers to the adoption of a child that is of a different race than that of the adoptive parents.

Military Adoption Information

American Adoptions has helped many military families realize their dreams of parenthood. As these families serve our nation, it is our pleasure to serve them as they begin their adoption journey.


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  • What is the total cost for the entire adoption?

    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.

  • Can we choose the gender of our baby?

    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.

  • Do we need to retain our own attorney?

    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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