There are many important things for hopeful parents to learn during the adoption process, but knowing how to find a birth mother to adopt from is one of the most essential.
In this article, learn how to find a birth mother for private adoption and discover the services American Adoptions offers to make the process easier.
It is possible to find a prospective birth mother without an agency — and in an effort to save on adoption costs, some adoptive families choose to work alone to find an adoption opportunity. However, consider some of the challenges for families who search for potential birth parents independently.
Without an agency like American Adoptions, these families have to advertise on their own to find pregnant women considering adoption, often paying more for less effective advertising services. They have to be willing to exchange identifying contact information and answer calls in response to the advertisements they place. When an expectant mother finally contacts them, it will be up to these families to independently evaluate her commitment to adoption — and without an agency’s expert screening services, these hopeful parents are often more susceptible to an adoption disruption or, in some cases, adoption fraud.
In an independent adoption, families also have to determine whether a potential adoption opportunity is a good fit for them — whether they can afford it, whether they are comfortable with the prospective birth mother’s social and medical history, and more. And that’s what it takes to find just one adoption opportunity. If the adoption disrupts, these parents risk losing all of the money they invested with that expectant mother, and they have to begin the entire process again.
Working with an adoption agency largely eliminates the emotional and financial stress of searching for an adoption opportunity with an expectant mother. American Adoptions provides all of the services necessary to help your family find an adoption opportunity that is:
Safe. All of the expectant mothers who contact our agency are screened to ensure they are truly committed to adoption, helping to limit the risk of an adoption disruption or adoption fraud.
Timely. Because we advertise through many platforms to expectant mothers in all 50 states, our adoption wait times are significantly lower; most adoptive families are able to adopt within a year of joining our agency.
Compatible. Our adoption specialists search specifically for the types of adoption opportunities you are comfortable with in your adoption plan.
Affordable. We provide cost-effective adoption services, charge flat agency fees, and provide financial protection against adoption disruptions so you can adopt within your budget.
Much of the adoption process involves finding the perfect adoption opportunity for your family, so we provide a wide range of services to help make that happen. Below, learn more about the steps our agency takes to help locate adoption opportunities with prospective birth mothers.
American Adoptions has developed an extensive advertising network and expert marketing services to reach expectant mothers across the country. Through traditional and online advertising methods, our agency is able to work with hundreds of women considering adoption each year. These advertising and marketing efforts directly increase the number of adoption opportunities available through our agency, limiting adoptive families’ wait times.
When an expectant mother contacts American Adoptions, she will work with her own qualified adoption specialist to learn more about her options and the adoption process with our agency. Her adoption specialist will evaluate her commitment to adoption and ensure she is receiving the counseling, support and other services she needs to have a healthy pregnancy and feel confident about her adoption decision.
Prospective birth mothers also complete a social and medical history form, which includes detailed information about their family medical history, any known information about the baby’s birth father, and their own health and substance use information. This form is used along with an expectant mother’s adoption plan to help find adoptive parents who would be a good fit for the adoption opportunity.
Meanwhile, you will work with your own adoption specialist to complete a similar adoption plan. Your Adoption Planning Questionnaire (APQ) outlines the types of adoption opportunities you picture for your family, including the race(s) you feel you are ready to parent, the medical history and substance exposure you are comfortable with, your adoption budget, and more.
Your adoption specialist will use your APQ to look for expectant mothers whose social-medical history and adoption plan align well with your adoption goals and preferences.
Before becoming an actively waiting family with American Adoptions, you will also work with our media team to complete an adoptive family profile and video profile. Your adoptive family profile introduces your family, lifestyle, home, interests and goals to prospective birth mothers through text and photos that you submit to our agency. You will receive video recording equipment to film your adoptive family video profile, which includes on-camera interviews with you, your friends and family members, as well as real home videos of you doing the things you love.
Once you are fully active with American Adoptions, these profiles will be presented to prospective birth mothers who may be a good fit for your family, giving them a glimpse into your family’s home, lifestyle, interests, values and parenting dreams.
When a prospective birth mother decides she wants to pursue adoption with your family, your adoption specialist will contact you about the adoption opportunity. You will likely have an opportunity to get to know the expectant mother through pre-placement contact.
Your adoption specialist will coordinate a mediated conference call with the prospective birth parents. He or she will provide some background information about the adoption opportunity and help prepare you for the call, remaining on the line to help guide the conversation if you need it.
After your initial phone call, you may have more phone calls, exchange email, or even visit your baby’s birth parents in their hometown as you continue to build a relationship with them.
Finding a prospective birth mother for private adoption may seem overwhelming — but working with an agency like American Adoptions can help put your mind at ease. Our expert advertising, screening, adoption planning and contact mediation services can help you find the perfect adoption opportunity in a safe, timely and affordable manner.
To learn more about the services we can offer to help you find a prospective birth mother to adopt from, contact an adoption specialist at 1-800-ADOPTION.
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