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Adoption: A Guide for Families Considering Adoption

Your dream of starting a family can become a reality.

The adoption process is an amazing journey, and it starts right here. This free resource has helped thousands of couples explore adoption and learn more about how American Adoptions can help.

In this guide, you'll get:

  • A comprehensive overview of the most important adoption information
  • An explanation of what adoption professionals do
  • Tips on choosing the best adoption professional for your journey
  • Important guidance on finding the right adoption opportunity
  • And more

Taking 2 minutes to fill out this form will also give you a free consultation with one of our experienced Adoption Coordinators.

Generally, families must meet the following eligibility requirements to work with American Adoptions:

  • Legally married for a minimum of 2 years
  • Between 25-50 years of age
  • At least one parent is a U.S. Citizen. For more information about using American Adoptions while living abroad; please read International Couples Wanting to adopt in U.S.
  • Couple has no more than two children and no child under the age of 1 year old

Please note that American Adoptions is not able to serve residents of New Jersey and New York.

All information is kept strictly confidential. You can read our privacy policy.

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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 does not allow gender specificity in adoption. Any family who wishes to be gender-specific in their adoption should contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION and ask about the possibility of an exception waiver before taking any other steps toward adoption with our agency. Any families who do receive an exception to be gender-specific may also incur an additional fee, which helps cover the additional advertising costs of such a request.

Please note that gender specificity will likely increase your wait time significantly.

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