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.

What to Know About Adopting a Baby in Wisconsin

Adopting a child in Wisconsin can be an amazing, life-changing experience. Here’s what you need to know to start the WI baby adoption process.

Do You Meet These Important Wisconsin Adoption Requirements?

Do you think you’re ready to adopt a child? Find out if you meet the legal and emotional requirements to adopt in Wisconsin first.

Your Guide to the Wisconsin Adoption Home Study

What’s involved in the Wisconsin adoption home study process? How can you prepare? Who can complete your WI home study for adoption? Find the answers here.

Wisconsin Adoption Laws Every Family Should Know

Adoption can be a complicated legal process. Familiarizing yourself with these five important Wisconsin adoption laws can help.

Wisconsin Adoption Finalization: 3 Steps to Take to Legally Complete Your Adoption

The adoption process isn’t over until you receive the final decree of adoption in WI. Here’s what to expect from your Wisconsin adoption finalization:

How to Adopt a Foster Child in Wisconsin

If you’re thinking about adopting a child from foster care in Wisconsin, there are some things you should know first. Learn more here:

Should You Pursue International Adoption in Wisconsin?

International adoption in Wisconsin can be an exciting — but complicated — process. Here’s what you need to know to decide if it’s right for you.

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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

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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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