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How to Find the Shortest Adoption Wait Times

5 Factors To Help Speed up the Adoption Process

If you’re considering adoption, then it can be one of the most beautiful and rewarding journeys of your life. But you’re probably curious about the quickest way to adopt, and you’re not alone.

You can call 1-800-ADOPTION to get more free adoption information, or contact us online now. As a national adoption agency with the lowest adoption wait times, we know just what it takes to get you to placement in a short amount of time.

Finding the Shortest Adoption Wait Times

Many hopeful adoptive families are eager to find the shortest adoption wait times, as you should be. You deserve to have the family of your dreams, and you shouldn’t have to wait years for it to happen.

At American Adoptions, we do everything we can to minimize adoption wait times. Our adoption wait times are typically between 9-12 months.

How do we keep the wait times so low? Below are five key factors that can result in the shortest adoption wait times.

1. National Advertising

When you work with some adoption professionals, their advertising services may be limited to a specific state or region — or they may not have advertising services at all. Since the main way prospective birth parents will find your profile is online search, this can lead to higher wait times and fewer adoption opportunities. At American Adoptions, we advertise nationwide, giving you the best shot at finding a quick adoption opportunity.

We advertise to prospective birth mothers across the country, and when you research adoption, we’re usually at the top of the search results. To get the same exposure from another adoption agency, you would need to join the waiting list at 25 other adoption agencies at the same time.

To help prospective birth mothers find our agency, we also advertise in:

  • Crisis pregnancy centers

  • Yellow Pages

  • Hospitals

  • Social media

  • And more

Although we know you’re eager to find an adoption agency with the shortest wait time, remember to take your time and make the decision that is best for you.

2. Adoptive Family Video Profiles

Today, hopeful adoptive families that work with American Adoptions can give prospective birth mothers a genuine, inside look into their lives and personalities through adoptive family video profiles. These videos help us maintain the shortest wait times for adoptive families by going beyond letters and photos.

When you work with our agency, you’ll have your own adoption video profile that highlights your:

  • Personalities

  • Interests

  • Other family members

  • Pets

  • Home

  • Neighborhood

  • Excitement to become parents

By talking to birth parents, we’ve learned that there are many advantages of video profiles. When prospective birth parents consider adoptive families, they often feel uncertain. Giving them a small glimpse into your world can give you a quick adoption.

3. Licensing and Regulation

To maintain the shortest adoption wait times, we consistently monitor our placement numbers to ensure our quoted wait times are accurate and reasonable. Through our national scope and licensing, we’re up-to-date on any policy changes in every state. This results in stable, predictable adoption wait times.

At American Adoptions, we pride ourselves in being transparent by providing realistic wait times based on the ratio of waiting adoptive families to prospective birth mothers. We’ve been helping adoptive families for more than 30 years, and we have seen what it takes to create the shortest adoption wait times.

4. Flexibility with Your Adoption Preferences

As the adoptive family, there are several ways you can help maintain the shortest adoption wait times. Being open to as many situations as possible allows your profile to be shown to more birth mothers. The more flexible you are with your adoption plan, the more exposure you will have with prospective birth mothers. This can help reduce the overall adoption process length.

For example, if you’re open to only adopting a white child, your exposure will be limited to a smaller number of birth parents. If another family is open to any child regardless of race, then their adoption professional can show their profile to more birth mothers because their adoption plans match.  

If you have certain preferences in your adoption plan and find yourself waiting longer than expected for an adoption opportunity, then speak with your adoption professional. These preferences can dramatically affect how long you wait.

5. Be Patient

Although there are some things you can do to have a fast adoption process, it’s important to understand that, no matter what happens, adoption wait times can be unpredictable. Birth parents choose adoptive families for various reasons that are out of your control.

The reasons certain families are chosen over others are specific for each birth mother. Although we will do everything we can to maintain the shortest adoption wait times possible, you should go into the process knowing that wait times are unpredictable. It’s best not to stress, so be patient with your adoption professional, as there are some things that you cannot control.

If you have any more questions about how long the adoption process takes with our agency, then you can fill out this contact form to get free information here, or call 1-800-ADOPTION now.


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

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