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5 Signs Infant Adoption is Right for You

Every year, more than 300 families adopt a baby with the involvement of American Adoptions, a national adoption agency that specializes in private domestic adoption.

Why do so many people pursue a private domestic adoption and choose our national adoption agency to adopt a baby? First, let’s look at the definitions:

  • Private Domestic Adoption – The adoption of infants in the United States, arranged by a private adoption agency. Private domestic baby adoption involves the placement of a baby for adoption by their birth parents, who legally consent to the adoption with an adoptive family of their choosing.

  • National Adoption Agency – A licensed organization (often in multiple states) that locates adoption opportunities between prospective adoptive families and birth parents across the country, provides support and education throughout the adoption process, and legally completes the adoption.

If you’re considering adopting a baby, you undoubtedly have a lot of questions. You probably also have a lot of emotions. This is a big choice! We’re here to help. This guide is meant to aide you as you determine whether or not to adopt a baby. Infant adoption is a big step, and we want you to have all the information on adopting a baby that you need as you make this decision.

The following is a list of the types of people who choose to work with American Adoptions when adopting a baby in the U.S. If you find yourself nodding along and relating to this article, then baby adoption could be the right way to grow your family.

1. People who want to adopt a newborn

Private domestic adoption is the type of adoption that provides prospective adoptive couples the best opportunity to adopt an infant. On average, American Adoptions completes the adoptions of 300 healthy newborn babies per year.

Other types of adoption like foster care and international adoption cannot always promise families a newborn.

For example, according to a study by the Children’s Bureau, of the 52,039 foster children who were adopted in 2017 only 1,252 were babies less than 1 year old (2 percent).

International adoption faces the same problem. Where in years past children under 1 year old were the most often adopted age group, in 2017 only 34 of the 4,058 (less than one percent) children adopted internationally were under 1 year old, according to the U.S. Department of State. This is due, in part, to an overall decline in international adoptions. In 2004, there were 18,000 more international adoptions completed by American families than in 2018.

It’s important at this time to state what should be obvious: Every waiting child needs a family. However, it’s also important to be honest with yourself. It takes a special family to adopt an older child. If you know that adopting a baby is what you are equipped to do, as opposed to the adoption of an older child or teenager, then you most likely want to pursue adopting a baby in the U.S. through domestic infant adoption.

Therefore, families who want to adopt a newborn will find the most success with a private domestic adoption agency like American Adoptions.

2. People who want one partner throughout the adoption process

American Adoptions provides adoptive families with their own adoption specialist, whom they will work with throughout the domestic adoption process. The adoption specialist is their main contact who guides the family through every step of the adoption and connects them with the people required to complete it.

Other people involved in the U.S. infant adoption process often include social workers, attorneys, hospital workers, case managers, media professionals, and more. While you will interact with many of these people, your adoption specialist will be involved as well and will help to coordinate and oversee your entire process.

An adoption specialist will also provide support, education and adoption counseling leading up to placement, during placement at the hospital, and after placement. They are always just a phone call or email away. This process can be long and emotional. Having this kind of personal support goes a long way for families who are adopting a baby.

3. People who want to adopt a baby quickly

Low adoption wait times are determined by the number of prospective birth mothers an adoption professional serves. National adoption agencies are usually able to offer families lower wait times than other adoption professionals because they work with birth mothers across the country — not in just one state or region.

American Adoptions works hard to find prospective birth mothers and offer them the best service possible. We are available 24/7, with professional specialists and counselors constantly prepared to meet the needs of women making this brave decision.

More than 75 percent of our families adopt a baby within 12 months of becoming active with our agency.

4. People who want an open adoption

Most families who adopt a baby are able to have an open relationship with the birth mother. This relationship starts pre-placement and continues on afterward. While some misconceptions about open adoption may scare you, the truth is that open adoption is good for everyone involved.

All open adoptions are different. Along the way, you’re adoption specialist will be there to help. Adopting a baby through a private adoption agency is the only type of adoption where this relationship is common. If you understand the immense value an open adoption can have in your child’s life, adopting a baby could be right for you.

5. People who want to be financially protected

In many ways, adopting an infant can be a leap of faith, especially financially. Adoptive families work hard to save enough money to make their dreams of adopting a baby a reality. But if an adoption doesn’t work out, many families are financially devastated.

But not at American Adoptions.

Our Risk-Sharing Program protects families from adoption disruptions. If a prospective birth mother changes her mind, our agency refunds the financial investment back to the family so they can restart the adoption process whenever they are ready.

This adoption insurance is rare among other types of adoption and adoption professionals.

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If you are looking for more information about adopting a baby, of if you are ready to take the next step, request free adoption information or call 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with an adoption specialist.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need to retain our own attorney?

No, American Adoptions has established relationships with some of the best adoption attorneys in the nation. Because adoption laws vary from state to state and between counties, it is important to utilize the services of an adoption attorney who specializes in the state where the adoption will finalize, which is unknown until you match with an expectant mother. You have the right to retain your own attorney, but doing so may be an additional, unnecessary expense.

Can we choose the gender of our baby?

American Adoptions accepts a limited number of families into our gender-specific program. Please contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION to learn whether we are currently accepting families into this program. With this option, families pay an additional Gender-Specific Fee to help our agency locate and work with birth mothers meeting this additional criterion. This fee is in addition to other program fees and covers additional advertising. The fee is not considered part of your adoption budget. Please note that gender specificity will likely increase your wait time significantly.

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