Adoptive Family

If you are thinking about adopting a child, you probably have questions about exactly how adoption works in your state. Because adoption is regulated by state laws, where you live can have an impact on nearly every aspect of the adoption process, from the requirements to adopt to the adoption home study and more.

In this section, find information you need about state adoption laws, processes and more, and find the adoption services and resources you need to successfully add to your family.

As a national, full-service adoption agency, American Adoptions works with hopeful parents from across the country. To learn how we can help guide you through the entire domestic infant adoption process, contact an adoption specialist now at 1-800-ADOPTION.

How to Adopt in California

If you’re thinking about adopting a child in California, you’ll need to know about the process of adopting a baby and how an agency can help.

Adoption Requirements in California

Before adopting in California, read these adoption requirements and qualifications for adoption.

Adoption Home Study in California

A home study for adoption can be stressful, so it’s best to be prepared. This adoption home study checklist will make sure you’re ready for all aspects of a California adoption home study.

California Adoption Laws

As a hopeful adoptive family, it’s helpful to brush up on California adoption laws before beginning the process in the state.

How to Finalize Your Adoption in California

Before receiving your final decree of adoption, learn what will happen at a California adoption finalization hearing.

Foster Care Adoption in California

Foster care adoption can be an amazing way to grow your family. If you’re interested in adopting from foster care in California, this article is a must-read.

International Adoption in California

Before adopting internationally, you’ll want to know about international adoption agencies, countries to adopt from, and intercountry adoption in California.


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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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  • 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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