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.
|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.|
|Everyone has different reasons to adopt, but there are some common reasons for adoption that many prospective parents have. Here are a few of them.|
|Wondering how to adopt domestically? Read the following article to learn the steps of the domestic adoption process.|
|American Adoptions completes more than 300 adoptions every year through our Traditional, Agency-Assisted and Identified Adoption programs.|
|Why do so many people pursue private domestic adoption to adopt a baby?|
|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.|
|One of the biggest reasons of selecting an adoption professional should be how long it will take for you 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.|
|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.|
|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 adoption and foster care adoption are immense, and each has their own advantages and disadvantages, depending on your adoption goals.|
|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 donâ€™t feel they need to adopt a child that â€œlooks like themâ€ or comes from the same ethnic background that they do. They do not have concerns about ethnicity; they merely want to become a family.|
|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.|
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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