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Our Domestic Adoption Programs

The Differences Between Traditional, Agency-Assisted and Identified

American Adoptions is a national, full-service adoption agency that completes more than 300 adoptions every year for married couples through our three adoption programs:

Traditional Program

The Traditional Program involves the adoption of all non-African American healthy newborns. Races include, but are not limited to, Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, etc. or any non-African American combination of races.

Average Wait:

  • Wait until match: 1 to 9 months
  • Wait until placement: 3 to 12 months
  • 75 percent of adoptive families adopt within our average wait times

Gender Specificity: Optional, but may increase wait time. Please contact us to see if we are currently accepting gender-specific couples.

Parent Eligibility: Interested adoptive parents must be 25 to 50 years old, must have been married for a minimum of two years and have no more than two previous children.

Agency-Assisted Program

The Agency-Assisted Program involves the adoption of healthy newborns of full African-American heritage or any race combined with African-American heritage.

Average Wait:

  • Wait until match: 1 to 6 months
  • Wait until placement: 1 to 9 months
  • 75 percent of adoptive families adopt within our average wait times

Gender Specificity: Optional, but may increase wait time. Please contact us to see if we are currently accepting gender-specific families. 

Parent Eligibility: Interested adoptive parents must be 22 to 50 years old and must have been married for a minimum of two years. 

Identified Adoption Program

An identified adoption is when an adoptive family and birth mother locate each other through their own networking avenues, without our agency's assistance.

American Adoptions offers three Identified Adoption Programs, with each program varying by level of service needed to finalize the adoption. All of our programs include adoption education, birth parent support and counseling, and the coordination of all necessary documents required to finalize your adoption.

What is the difference between the Traditional Program and the Agency-Assisted Program?

The Agency-Assisted Program is for the adoption of African-American or biracial children that are part African-American. The Traditional Program is for the adoption of all non-African-American children (i.e. Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or any combination of races that do not include African-American heritage).

Across the nation, there is a vast shortage of families seeking to adopt children of African-American descent. Due to this shortage, American Adoptions created our Agency-Assisted Program to aid families seeking to adopt African-American children. 

One major benefit of this program is the lower wait times experienced by families taking this route. Because we have fewer families in the Agency-Assisted Program, these families receive a higher exposure to expectant mothers, resulting in typically shorter wait times. Therefore, advertising costs are subsidized for parents who choose this adoption program.

Families may join both the Agency-Assisted Program and the Traditional Program if they desire. If you are interested in a transracial adoption, your specialist will discuss with you the details of this kind of adoption and help you prepare for a successful placement of a child of a different race.

What if my family doesn’t meet one of your agency requirements? Can I still adopt?

We make exceptions to our agency requirements on a case-by-case basis. To have your family reviewed, please submit a letter explaining your situation and the requirement you wish to have waived. Our Board of Directors will then review your case. Letters can be submitted to:

American Adoptions
Attn: Adoption Advisory Board
7500 W 110th St Suite 500
Overland Park, KS 66210

For information about our domestic adoption programs, please call an Adoption Specialist at 1-800-ADOPTION or click the following for free information or to get started with American Adoptions.

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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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