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Adopting a Baby through Private Domestic Adoption

Why Adoptive Families Pursue This Type of Adoption

Every year more than 300 families adopt a baby with 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 domestic 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 – 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.

The following is a list of the types of people who choose to work with a national agency like American Adoptions to complete their private domestic adoption:

1. People who want to adopt a newborn

Private domestic adoption is the only type of adoption that promises prospective adoptive couples a newborn baby. 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 2012, only 1,113 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 2013 only 541 of the 7,092 (7 percent) children adopted internationally were under 1 year old, according to the U.S. Department of State.

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

2. People who want one partner throughout the adoption process

Most national adoption agencies like American Adoptions provide 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 organizes the steps of the adoption and the people required to complete it.

Other people involved in the adoption process often include social workers, attorneys, hospital workers, case managers, media staff, and more. While you will interact with many of these people, everything will be set up in advance and your Adoption Specialist will be involved as well.

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.

3. People who want to adopt a baby quickly

Low adoption wait times are determined by the number of birth mothers an adoption professional receives. 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 takes this one step further with our aggressive marketing and networking online, in hospitals, in crisis pregnancy centers, with other adoption professionals, and more.

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

4. People who want to adopt a boy or girl

American Adoptions does offer a gender-specific program for families interested in adopting a certain gender. Please contact us to see if we are currently accepting gender-specific families. 

5. People who want to be financially protected

In many ways, adoption 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 birth mother changes her mind, our agency refunds 100 percent of the moneys back to the family so they may restart the adoption process whenever they are ready.

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


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

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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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