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Learn what a home study is and why you need one to adopt a child.Read More
While adoption home studies vary slightly from agency to agency and state to state, there are several key elements that are almost always included in every home study.Read More
Find a qualified professional in your state to complete your home study.Read More
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.
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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Learn which famous Hollywood actors, sports stars, politicians and other icons have been touched by adoption.Read More
Do adoption terms and phrases leave you feeling confused? Learn the meaning to key adoption words and phrases with our comprehensive adoption glossary.Read More
Ted Mars, father of American Adoptions' founder Scott Mars, shares how adoption changed his world in ways he could have never imagined.Read the Story