Private domestic adoption refers to the placement of U.S.-born infants for adoption by their birth parents, who legally consent, surrender or relinquish to the adoption with an adoptive family of their choosing.
Each year, American Adoptions works with hundreds of pregnant women from all 50 states and helps match them with adoptive families based on the characteristics they seek in an adoptive family.
Because of our experience in domestic adoption, we are able to meet over 75 percent of domestic adoptive families' expected wait times and possess one of the lowest disruption rates in the country.
|There are many different adoption professionals to choose from, but the domestic adoption process remains mainly the same.|
|American Adoptions is a national, full-service adoption agency that completes more than 300 adoptions every year through the following domestic adoption programs:|
|When a couple begins to explore the idea of adopting a child, it is easy for them to quickly become overwhelmed with information, questions and decisions.|
|The differences between private adoption and state adoption are immense, with each having their own advantages and disadvantages depending on the adoptive couple’s goals.|
|Learn what a home study is and why you need one to adopt a child.|
|American Adoptions is involved in more than 300 domestic adoptions each year. Our experience has also allowed us to establish accurate average adoption wait times, with 75 percent of our families adopting within our estimates.|
|Adoptions are often defined by the amount of contact between an adoptive family and birth parents.|
|There are numerous myths about domestic adoption that many people believe to be true.|
|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.|
|American Adoptions specializes in the placement of healthy newborns and infants.|
|American Adoptions specializes in assisting heterosexual couples married for at least two years with their adoption needs. While we do not offer adoption services to single individuals or same-sex couples at this time, there are many resources available for assistance:|
|Currently, American Adoptions does not provide services for the adoption of stepchildren or other family members.|
|The federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was passed in 1978 after it was brought to the attention of Congress that up to one third* of Indian children were being forcibly removed from their homes and placed into foster care and with non-Indian families. The law was passed to erect barriers to adoption outside the tribe, thus ensuring that Indian families were kept together and that Native American history and culture would be preserved for future generations at a time when tribe numbers and membership was declining dramatically.|
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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