Our Domestic Adoption Program
How Infant Adoption Works with American Adoptions
An adoption program is an adoption agency’s unique structure for the adoption process. While there are laws and regulations that every process follows, each agency brings its own distinct approach to this journey. As someone considering adoption, it will be of great benefit to understand our agency’s adoption program.
American Adoptions is a fully licensed national adoption agency. We have provided service for prospective birth mothers and hopeful adoptive parents for more than 25 years. In that time, we have continued to refine our domestic adoption programs, creating a system that gives everyone involved the best experience possible.
Here’s what makes American Adoptions’ adoption programs and services stand out from the rest.
Our Domestic Adoption Program for Hopeful Parents
American Adoptions provides services for domestic infant adoption. This type of adoption involves a prospective birth mother who chooses to create an adoption plan. A prospective birth mother will choose a hopeful adoptive family, and the newborn baby will (typically) be placed with the family at the hospital.
You can learn more about what the adoption process is like from our in-depth guide on the subject. Here, we are going to consider several elements of our adoption program that make the journey you will experience with American Adoptions different from other agencies.
Parent Screening and Eligibility
We screen hopeful parents to ensure that our adoption program is in the best interest of everyone involved. This protects prospective birth mothers, adoptive parents and children. Along with screening conducted by an adoption specialist, our domestic adoption program requires adoptive parents to be 25 to 50 years old and married for a minimum of two years, with at least one partner being a U.S. citizen.
In the past, we have made exceptions to these eligibility requirements on a case-by-case basis. To have your family reviewed, please submit a letter explaining your situation and the requirement you wish to have waived. Our Board of Directors will review your case. Please submit letters to:
Attn: Adoption Advisory Board
7500 W 110th St. Suite 500
Overland Park, KS 66210
The Adoption Planning Questionnaire (APQ)
Once you are accepted into American Adoptions’ program, one of your first steps will be to complete an Adoption Planning Questionnaire. The APQ is your roadmap to adoption as hopeful parents. Here, you will work with an adoption specialist to lay out what you are open to and what you are not open to. Parts of the APQ may feel uncomfortable, but it’s important to be completely honest.
You will answer questions about the budget you are able to work within, the races of children you are open to, disabilities and medical needs you feel prepared to handle, and more. With these guidelines, your adoption specialist can seek out prospective birth mothers who may want you to adopt their baby.
Average Wait for the Adoption Program
It’s one of the most common questions we hear from families who are preparing to adopt.
How long am I going to wait?
While each adoption is different, our child adoption program does offer a shorter average wait than many others. This is due to our experience, practices and national scope. For our domestic adoption program, families can expect:
A wait time of 1 to 9 months until receiving an adoption opportunity
A wait time of 3 to 12 months until placement
For those participating in this adoption program, 75% experience wait times within these averages.
Our adoption program encourages openness in adoption with direct contact between the prospective birth parent(s) and adoptive parents. More than 90% of domestic adoptions are at least semi-open, and research has shown that open adoption is beneficial to everyone involved.
How the Adoption Program Supports Prospective Birth Mothers
Our domestic adoption program for prospective birth mothers is similarly designed to make her process a smooth, peaceful journey. If you are considering adoption for your baby, you can rest assured that:
The child adoption program is always free for you. You will never incur costs from our organization during adoption. You are making a brave and difficult decision when you choose adoption, and you deserve to be free from financial pressure during the journey.
You are in control of your adoption. Our adoption program places you in the driver’s seat. You will make decisions like:
Choosing an adoptive family
Deciding on a level of openness
Creating a hospital plan for birth and placement
The domestic infant adoption program at American Adoptions is designed to help you feel encouraged, supported and confident.
You will most likely be eligible to receive financial assistance. Each state has its own laws about adoption. Depending on the laws of your state, you will be eligible to receive financial assistance for certain pregnancy-related expenses. Our adoption program ensures you will receive all of the allowable assistance you need, including costs related to medical care, legal fees, rent, transportation and more.
Unique Benefits of Our Adoption Program
There are many things an agency can do to create an adoption program that benefits adoptive parents and prospective birth mothers. These are several facets of our domestic infant adoption program that create peace of mind and confidence:
Adoption requires a serious financial commitment from hopeful parents. With some adoption programs, an adoption disruption could result in an emotional and financial loss.
But not with us. American Adoptions protects families through our Risk-Sharing Program, giving you financial peace and preparing you to get back on your feet if a disruption does occur.
24/7 Availability for Potential Birth Parents
Your needs don’t follow a 9 to 5 schedule, and neither do we. If you need assistance, we will be here. Our adoption specialists are available 24/7 to provide the support you need during the adoption process.
Openness in Adoption
Not only is openness encouraged — our adoption programs specifically equip prospective birth parents and adoptive parents to have successful communication. We provide support and educational materials that can aid you in your relationship as you develop direct communication.
Learn More about American Adoptions’ Domestic Adoption Program
For more information about our domestic adoption programs and services, please call an adoption specialist at 1-800-ADOPTION or to get started with American Adoptions.
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