What is Domestic Adoption?

Domestic adoption (or private domestic adoption) 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. Learn how domestic adoption works with 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.

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.

Our Domestic Adoption Programs

American Adoptions completes more than 300 adoptions every year through our Traditional, Agency-Assisted and Identified Adoption programs.

Adopting a Baby through Private Domestic Adoption

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

Minimizing Adoption Wait Times

Through our own efforts and the flexibility of your adoption plan, together we can help you adopt a child quicker than with most other adoption professionals.

How Long Does it Take to Adopt a Child?

One of the biggest reasons of selecting an adoption professional should be how long it will take for you to adopt a child.

Adoption Videos - Communicate More Effectively to Pregnant Mothers

In past adoptions, a woman was expected to select a family without first knowing what they sounded like or even what they might be like as parents. Those days are now over with our Adoptive Family Video Profiles.

Can Same-Sex Couples Adopt?

Today’s families are more diverse than ever, especially in the world of adoption — transracial, multicultural, same-sex and single parent families are all often created through adoption.

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

Transracial adoption is when an adoptive family adopts a child that is of a different race. The adoption process has become a much more open process and families no longer feel the need to conceal the fact that their son or daughter is adopted. Because of this openness, adoptive families don’t feel they need to adopt a child that “looks like them” or comes from the same ethnic background that they do. They do not have concerns about ethnicity; they merely want to become a family.

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.

  • Adoption Newsletter

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  • Famous Adoptions

    Learn which famous Hollywood actors, sports stars, politicians and other icons have been touched by adoption.

  • Adoption Glossary

    Do adoption terms and phrases leave you feeling confused? Learn the meaning to key adoption words and phrases with our comprehensive adoption glossary.


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