Information About Adoption You Need to Know
We Can Provide the Adoption Information Services You Need
If you’re interested in adoption information, you’ve come to the right place. As one of the leading private domestic adoption agencies in the U.S., American Adoptions can provide you all the information on adoption you need to decide if adoption is right for you, whether you’re a prospective birth parent or adoptive parent.
Choosing adoption is not a decision you make overnight but one you make after extensive research about adoption and what it will mean for you. Fortunately, American Adoptions is here to help.
Adoption specialists can talk with you anytime at 1-800-ADOPTION and answer any questions you may have, whether you’re looking for adoption information for birth mothers or adoptive parents.
They can also provide you resources to help you make this life-changing decision. Contact us online to request a free adoption information packet, containing everything you need to know about our adoption information services and the domestic infant adoption process. Adoptive families can also attend an adoption information session in their city to learn more.
We believe every prospective birth parent and adoptive parent deserves free adoption information, so they can make the absolute best decision for their family. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff anytime with your questions and concerns.
In the meantime, here is some important information about adoption to be aware of:
What You Need to Know About Adoption
In general terms, adoption occurs when children who cannot be raised by their biological or legal parents become full and legal permanent members of another family. Today’s adoptions are very different from the closed, secretive adoptions of the past; in fact, the majority of children adopted today maintain their genetic and psychological connections to their birth family through open adoption.
One of the most important things to know about adoption is exactly how it works. Adoption can take place in several ways:
- Domestic infant adoption (where a newborn child is placed with adoptive parents right after they’re born)
- Foster care adoption (where a child in state custody is adopted after biological parents fail to complete a reunification plan)
- International adoption (where a child from another country is adopted by foreign parents)
Each of these processes comes with its own pros and cons, and which one a prospective adoptive family chooses may be based on their budget, how long they want to wait and their preferences for an adopted child.
For more context, here are some adoption information statistics for the United States:
- Approximately 2.5 percent of all children in the U.S. are adopted.
- The state with the largest percentage of adopted children is Alaska.
- Reflecting an overall trend, international adoptions in 2018 had decreased 13 percent from 2017 — and 84 percent from 2004.
- In 85 percent of U.S. adoptions, at least one adoptive parent has a high school degree.
- About 28 percent of adoptions are transracial.
As you research background information on adoption, don’t forget to look past the statistics and facts to see the reality of the process. Adoption is a beautiful way to bring a child into a family, but it also comes with unique challenges, depending on the situation. That’s why American Adoptions encourages all prospective birth parents and adoptive parents to take as much time finding adoption information as they need.
Remember: You can always contact us online to learn more about adoption and the adoption process with American Adoptions.
Common Questions About Adoption
When you’re considering adoption as a prospective birth or adoptive parent, you likely have a lot of questions about what exactly the process will mean for you. Our adoption specialists can discuss your individual situation in detail with you, but for more information on adoption, we’ve answered some common questions below:
1. Who can adopt a child?
Adoption requirements vary depending on a number of factors: hopeful adoptive parents will need to meet the requirements of their chosen adoption agency, complete an approved adoption home study and be eligible to adopt under their state’s adoption laws.
One of the most important things to know about adopting a child is that, in most states, nearly any adult may be legally eligible to adopt, as long as they prove that they can provide a safe, stable and loving home to an adopted child. However, individual adoption agencies may have different requirements for hopeful adoptive parents. For example, while same-sex couples and LGBT individuals can legally adopt in all 50 states, certain states have recently passed or proposed legislation that would allow faith-based adoption professionals to reject certain types of adoptive families — including gay, single, Jewish, Muslim or interfaith couples.
As a national adoption agency, American Adoptions works with and promotes all types of parents from across the United States. We remain committed to protecting adoptive parents’ rights and providing safe, loving homes to children — regardless of an adoptive family’s religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or other factors.
Learn more about adoption requirements with our agency here.
2. How much does adoption cost?
For adoptive families, adoption costs will vary not only by which kind of adoption process they choose but also by which adoption professional they work with. Because different professionals offer different services, their costs will reflect those differences. However, it’s important to keep in mind that cheaper professionals may not be the best choice for your adoption situation. As you research adoption information services, think about how different adoption professionals’ costs reflect the services they offer.
On the other hand, prospective birth mothers do not have to pay anything for their adoption. They may even receive living expenses that cover their pregnancy- and adoption-related costs, and, while they do not “get paid” for adoption, it will never be a financial burden for them.
3. How long does adoption take?
Again, this answer will depend upon the adoption professional and how long it takes for a prospective birth mother to choose an adoptive family.
At American Adoptions, 75 percent of our adoptive families complete their adoption one to 12 months after they are activated. There are some critical factors to how long you’ll wait, including how far along a prospective birth mother is in her pregnancy and your flexibility in your adoption preferences.
4. What are some other things to know about adoption?
If you’re a prospective adoptive parent, your state will have specific pre-requisites you’ll need to meet. These usually include criminal background screenings, an extensive home study process and counseling with adoption specialists to determine whether you’re physically, financially and emotionally ready to raise an adopted child.
If you’re a prospective birth mother, you will be in charge of the adoption process every step of the way. Your adoption plan is yours to decide, and you will always have the right to change your mind about your decision before placement. American Adoptions will never pressure you into adoption; we will simply give you all the background information on adoption you need to make the best decision for your baby.
These are probably just a few of the questions about adoption in your head right now, so we encourage you to reach out to our adoption specialists for more adoption information.
Popular Myths About Adoption
Adoption has come a long way from what it used to be, but that doesn’t mean that education about the process has improved as well. In fact, there are still some fairly common misconceptions about adoption that persist today — ones that you might even hold yourself.
Here’s the run-down on some of those false beliefs about adoption.
1.“Adopted children will never know their birth parents.”
While this was common in early 20th-century adoptions, today, these closed adoptions are all but nonexistent. Many prospective birth mothers only choose adoption because of the opportunity it provides to stay in contact with their child’s adoptive family throughout the years, whether directly or through mediated contact.
Whether an adopted child ever meets their birth parents face-to-face will depend on the nature of their open adoption, but the vast majority of adopted children grow up knowing about their adoption and their personal family history. Open adoption has proven to be immensely beneficial in shaping an adopted child’s self-identity and helps them develop a sense of pride in their adoption story.
2.“A birth mother will try to get her child back.”
While researching and finding adoption information, many adoptive parents come to us worried about the risks of adoption — having read stories of “adoptions gone wrong.”
Here’s what you should know: When an adoption is completed, birth parents sign away all of the legal parental rights they have to their child. Therefore, it’s impossible for them to “get their baby back” after the revocation period for their adoption consent is up.
Remember that birth parents choose adoption for a reason; they know they are not ready to parent their child, but they want to give them the chance to have a loving family. While it may be an emotional journey for them, birth parents understand they’re making the best choice for their baby — and rarely (if ever) would jeopardize that opportunity by trying to “get their child back” after the adoption is complete. Open adoption actually makes this occurrence less likely.
3. “Most women who choose adoption for their babies are teenagers.”
When many people think about adoption, they think of unplanned teenage pregnancies — but the average prospective birth mother is actually in her 20s or 30s and is already raising another child. Many are single parents, so they understand the time, money and effort needed to successfully raise a child. This motivates them to choose adoption, knowing that they can’t provide the kind of life they want for their unborn baby.
4. “The only children available for adoption are children with special needs or other disabilities.”
While there are plenty of children within the foster care system who may fit this description, there are also many healthy newborn babies available to adopt through private domestic infant adoption. Prospective adoptive parents are able to decide what kind of disabilities (if any) they’re comfortable with in an adopted child, as well as the medical history and race of their adopted child. You should know that 85 percent of adopted children are actually rated to have “excellent” or “very good health,” regardless of their family history.
Unfortunately, these are only a few of the adoption myths people believe today. This is why it’s so important to read as much adoption information as possible if you’re a prospective adoptive or birth parent — so you know the truth about the adoption process and what to expect.
How to Find Out Adoption Information
While our American Adoptions website has a wealth of adoption information for you to use in your research, you’ll want to consult other resources, as well. The more you learn about adoption before committing to it, the more prepared you will be when you take the first steps of your adoption process.
Our adoption specialists can provide you with local resources if you’re curious about adoption, but here are some good places to start:
- The Child Welfare Information Gateway of the Children’s Bureau
- Adoptive Families: a resource for prospective and completed adoptive families
- Considering Adoption: a comprehensive adoption information website that includes resources for adoptive parents and expectant parents considering adoption
- AdoptionAgencies.com: a website with a full guide to the types of adoption agencies and the available professionals for each
- Adoption-for-my-baby.com: a comprehensive online guide to placing a child for adoption
- UnplannedPregnancy.com: a website detailing the pros and cons of each unplanned pregnancy option, including helpful adoption information
Remember, American Adoptions can always provide you a free adoption information packet to help you learn more about our services. Contact us online or call us at 1-800-ADOPTION to sign up for yours.
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