How to Avoid Common Mistakes
When pursuing adoption for your family, it’s helpful to be aware of common mistakes adoptive families make in the early stages. We’re here to help by explaining some of those unfortunate mistakes and how to choose an adoption agency that ensures you avoid them.
Here are two important things to remember as you read through this information:
- American Adoptions offers complete financial protection to our adoptive families so that you never have to worry about repaying fees or expiring contracts.
- Families who remain active experience a 100% success rate, resulting in more than 13,000 completed adoptions over three decades.
For most families, time and cost are the two most important factors when pursuing adoption. So, when researching adoption agencies and professionals to take you through the process, low wait times and low costs are appealing. But how do you know the advertised low wait time and costs are accurate?
We’re here to help you learn how to avoid the common mistake of committing to an adoption professional that won't give you the best chance to successfully complete your adoption.
In addition to this guide on how to choose an adoption agency and avoid common mistakes, you can call 1-800-ADOPTION or complete our free online form to connect with a specialist today.
In the meantime, let’s dive into common mistakes adoptive families make when choosing an agency.
There’s nothing more important than the future of your family. Unfortunately, there are adoption professionals who do not provide the best support on your journey to build a family through adoption.
Here are three common ways that families find themselves in frustrating, unsuccessful adoption situations:
1. False Low Wait Times
Low wait times are one of the most enticing benefits an adoption professional can offer. If you’re looking at two adoption agencies, one offering a wait time of nine months and the other 14 months, which are you more likely to choose?
Here’s the problem: Their wait times are not verified unless they are a licensed adoption agency.
To verify wait times yourself, there are three critical pieces of information you need to know:
How many women considering adoption they reach through advertising
How many families are on their waiting list
How many adoptions they complete each year
Once you have this information, you can better understand the professional’s actual wait time. For example, if the advertised wait time is nine months, but there are currently 50 waiting families, and they only completed 10 adoptions per year, then the actual wait time could be close to five years.
2. Expiring Contracts
Expiring contracts can put you in a bad situation. Unfortunately, many adoption professionals use them.
If you sign a contract with an expiration date and you have not successfully adopted by that time, you’ll likely be forced to repay most (if not all) of their fees. Additionally, in the event of a disruption, your original investment isn’t protected, meaning you would need to repay fees to pursue another adoption opportunity.
The common mistake of signing with a professional that uses expiring contracts can be emotionally and financially devastating for families. In many cases, the financial loss prohibits you from pursuing another opportunity.
3. Choosing Unlicensed Professionals
Working with an unlicensed professional is a common mistake that puts families in a riskier situation with a lower chance of success for their adoption.
Without oversight and licensing, these professionals can operate with false promises. They also lack the professional resources and services needed to complete your adoption. In most cases, unlicensed professionals specialize in advertising and cannot address the other essential steps of the adoption process.
This can be tricky for families because these professionals will often advertise as if they are an adoption agency that can complete the whole process. There’s a simple way you can find out the truth.
Ask: Are you a licensed adoption agency?
Look for a quick, unequivocal yes.
How to Avoid Common Mistakes
We want you to be protected and experience a safe, ethical, successful adoption process. Many of our staff have a deeply personal connection with adoption, either as an adoptive parent, birth mother or adoptee. We have a unique understanding of what an adoption journey should entail.
Even for adoptive families that aren’t yet working with us, it’s our responsibility to explain how to avoid falling into a bad adoption situation.
So, here are some steps you can take to avoid common mistakes:
Step 1: Research and Reviews
It can be helpful to research multiple agencies and read reviews from those who have worked with them. While reviews can be skewed with a negativity bias, a large number of positive or negative reviews can give you a pretty good indication of whether an agency is right for you.
Step 2: Ask Questions
When considering a particular professional, talk to a staff member and ask questions like:
How many families are on your waitlist?
How many birth mothers are waiting to place a child?
How many adoptions do you complete each year?
What services do you offer to complete the process?
What’s your fee structure and schedule?
Does your contract expire?
Are you a licensed adoption agency?
Those are just a few questions you can ask to understand better whether a professional can help you successfully adopt.
Step 3: Contact a Reputable Agency
In the end, working with an agency with a track record for completing adoptions, accurate wait times, clear cost estimates, and comprehensive support will put your family in the best situation.
American Adoptions Can Be the Agency for You
With more than 30 years of experience completing adoptions, we’ve helped build 13,000 families. We would love to help create yours, too.
We want you to experience the best version of the adoption process. That’s why we:
Give you extensive advertising for a short adoption wait.
Protect your financial investment through a risk-sharing program that has saved families more than $4 million.
Provide support and services throughout the entire process.
Never let our contracts expire. You will adopt a baby if you remain active on our waiting list.
You don’t have to wait any longer. We’re ready to help you get started today. By calling 1-800-ADOPTION or filling out this online form, you can connect with a specialist who will provide the information you need to begin your journey.
You deserve to work with a professional that has your best interests in mind. We can’t wait to hear from you.
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