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3 Types of Adoption Support After a Disruption

Adoption is a life-changing experience that requires an emotional and financial commitment from hopeful adoptive families. You will need strong adoption support along the way because the process may not always be smooth sailing.

Although it’s not common, there is a chance of an adoption disruption, which is when the prospective birth mother changes their mind. In the event of a disruption, there are many resources that help hopeful families, such as:

Let’s dive deeper into how these resources can benefit you during hard, confusing times. You can get more free information now when you call 1-800-ADOPTION today and speak with our trusted adoption professionals.

3 Adoption Support Services

An adoption disruption occurs when a prospective birth parent changes their mind for reasons like:

  • Deciding to parent

  • Choosing another family or agency

  • Having unexpected changes to the pregnancy

No matter the reason, the prospective birth parent can stop the adoption until they have signed official consent forms.

Hopeful families may have already spent thousands of dollars on their adoption opportunity and have become emotionally invested in the process. That’s why we take every possible precaution to prevent adoption disruptions, but it’s still possible for prospective birth parents to change their minds.

Below, discover three adoption support services that are available to you during an adoption disruption.

Adoption Support #1: American Adoptions’ Disruption Insurance

What happens to the funds you have already invested?

The adoption process can be expensive. If you experience a disruption, then it’s normal to wonder what will happen to your finances.

To ensure no financial loss, American Adoptions’ Risk-Sharing Program refunds 100% of your money directly back to you.

This program has saved families more than $4.6 million since 2009. It allows you to have another chance at fulfilling your parenting dreams of growing your family.

This financial protection gives families the freedom, confidence and security to decide whether or not to continue with another adoption opportunity. But, some may not be emotionally ready to start the process over again. This is when families turn to professional adoption support groups.

Adoption Support #2: Adoptive Parent Support Groups

Adoption can be a challenging journey even without a disruption. After finalization, it may be nice to connect with people who’ve walked a similar path. 

No matter the case, adoption support groups benefit everyone involved because they offer a friendly, helpful community where you can:

  • Talk about shared experiences

  • Discuss topics you’re all interested in

  • Learn from each other

Where to Find Local Adoption Support Groups

There are likely one or two adoption support groups near you. A quick Google search can narrow it down pretty easily.

Another option is online adoption support groups and forums if your area doesn’t have adoptive parent support groups close by. These online groups can be a good way to discuss adoption with others, but they are not monitored as well as in-person adoption support groups.

The National Infertility Association, RESOLVE, allows you to search for adoption support groups by zip code. Or, you can join one of their online support groups.

The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACA) has a database of almost 900 adoption-related support groups that you can browse.

This database is a center for adoption support and education that includes more information on specific groups that can help you, such as:

  • Pre- and post-adoption

  • Foster care

  • International adoption

  • LGBTQ+ adoption

  • Single-parent adoption

  • Search and reunion

  • Transracial/transcultural

  • Infertility

  • And more

Joining an adoption support group does not mean you’re experiencing a problem. It is meant to provide you with a friendly adoption community.

Call your adoption specialist if you feel like you can’t emotionally connect with anyone through a support group. Ask if they can match you with someone who has gone through — or is going through — a similar experience.

Adoption Support #3: Comfort through Family and Friends

Some of your greatest supporters outside of professional help should be your close friends and family. No one should feel alone. Going through the adoption process should be no different.

Having an adoption support team by your side will make a big difference throughout the process. Some people you may want in your adoption support system include:

  • Friends or roommates

  • Spouse or partner

  • Parents

  • Siblings

  • Grandparents or other family members

  • Counselor or mentor

  • And more

Also, we understand what you’re going through. We’re equipped to help you in any way you need. Many of our trusted adoption specialists have personal adoption experience either as adoptive parents, adoptees or birth parents. We have your back every step of the way.


There is something magical about holding your child in your arms for the first time. American Adoptions wants you to have that amazing gift. Adoption support is vital for hopeful adoptive families whether there is a disruption or not.

To learn more about the adoption disruption support waiting for you, you can get more free information online or when you call 1-800-ADOPTION now.

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