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What to Expect in an APQ Call

Often times, when beginning the adoption process, adoptive families worry about how they could possibly find a birth mother on their own. How will they know where to look? How will they know if the woman they find will be a good fit? How do they find a woman whose hopes for her child are in line with what they can provide?

At American Adoptions we can do all of the legwork for you. How, you ask? Well, we actually do this using a very simple set of questionnaires. Upon joining our agency, you will be asked to complete an Adoption Planning Questionnaire, or APQ, with the help of one of our adoptive family specialists.


Changing Your APQ to Include More Races

Laurie Q&AQ & A with Laurie

Hello everyone, my name is Laurie Walker, and I am an Adoptive Family Specialist with American Adoptions. I have worked with many birth mothers and adoptive families in …


What a Decreased Teenage Pregnancy Rate Means for U.S. Adoptions

Earlier this year, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention released the most recent statistics on fertility rates and births in the United States. Included was a statistic about teenage pregnancies, stating that teen pregnancies in the U.S. declined in 2016 for the …


An Adoptive Family’s Journey with American Adoptions: Part 1

Ellen Rondina, an adoptive mother, shares part one of her family’s heartfelt adoption story.


What You Can Control in Adoption (and What You Can’t)

Many people want to do everything they can to make their adoption happen. But there are some things in adoption that are within your control, and others that are simply out of your hands.


Why Adopting a Child Has So Many Steps and Requirements

The pre-adoption screening process can seem lengthy to those unfamiliar with the adoption process. But there are reasons why there are so many requirements to adopt a child.


Is Your Adoption Agency the Right Fit for You?

Deciding whether or not to pursue adoption or a particular adoption professional is a major decision that demands introspection and honesty. Is adoption right for you? Are you and this adoption professional a good fit for each other?


Why You’re Waiting

Still waiting to adopt a child? Here are some things to keep in mind while you’re in adoption limbo…


The One Thing that is Affecting Your Wait Time

Ask any adoptive family out there and they will tell you that the wait between becoming an active family and having their child placed in their arms was the hardest part of the entire adoption process. There’s so much excitement and anticipation as you wait for that little bundle of joy, but everything is out of your control.

Fortunately, you can drastically reduce your wait time by changing one simple thing: your APQ.


Q&A with Adoptive Family Specialist Dacia Peterson

We want to bring you, our readers, into the day-to-day of our agency by sharing more about the people you get to work with through each phase of the process!

As an Adoptive Family Specialist, Dacia works closely with people looking to begin or expand their family through adoption. She is there to inform and counsel prospective families through every step of their journey; she has been extensively involved in the work that American Adoptions does, and her knowledge and support help families have a positive and fulfilling adoption experience. Keep reading to learn more about Dacia and the life of an Adoptive Family Specialist!

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