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Minimizing Adoption Wait Times

How Together We Can Help Grow Your Family Sooner

Of the 300 adoptions we complete on average per year, 75 percent of families complete their adoptions between 1 to 12 months after activation.

Through our own efforts and the flexibility of your adoption plan, together we can help you adopt a child quicker than with most other adoption professionals.

How American Adoptions Minimizes Adoption Wait Times

Our staff works tirelessly to help you find the right adoption opportunity within your estimated wait time through the following:

  • Advertising – American Adoptions extensively markets our agency to women considering adoption. If you search for adoption online, you will usually find us at the top of your search results. We also advertise in crisis pregnancy centers, Yellow Pages, hospitals, social media and other adoption websites, just to name a few.

  • Networking – We network with hundreds of other adoption professionals throughout the United States. For example, if a Florida adoption attorney has a birth mother but needs a family, he or she may contact our agency to find an appropriate family for the birth mother.

  • National Exposure – While most adoption professionals only work with pregnant mothers within their state or region, American Adoptions is a national adoption agency that works with pregnant mothers across the country.

  • Balance – We monitor the number of adoptions we complete and the number of adoptive families that join our agency to ensure accurate wait times. Some adoption professionals take on too many families at once, lengthening adoption wait times for them all.

  • 24/7 Availability – When a woman considering adoption calls our agency, we always answer the phone. Our Adoption Specialists are on call 24/7, meaning a woman will never receive a voice mail and contact another agency.

How Adoptive Families Can Minimize Adoption Wait Times

One of the biggest factors in determining the length of your wait will be the flexibility in your adoption plan. By being more flexible to certain adoption situations in regards to race, budget, contact with birth parents, medical history and substance usage, your adoptive family profile will be seen by more prospective birth mothers.

The best way to minimize your adoption wait time is to be as flexible as possible when setting your adoption plan. This allows your adoptive family profile and video profile to be sent to more prospective birth mothers.

For example, if you are only open to adopting a Caucasian child, your exposure will be limited to birth mothers who are only giving birth to that race. However, if you are open to Caucasian, Caucasian/Hispanic and Hispanic, you will theoretically have a shorter estimated adoption wait time.

To learn more about American Adoptions’ advertising and networking, or to learn more about how you can limit your adoption wait time, call 1-800-ADOPTION today or click the following to request free adoption information.

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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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