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Find African American Couples Looking to Adopt

As a prospective birth mother, you get to choose everything within your adoption, including choosing your baby’s adoptive parents. Some expectant parents choosing adoption for their baby feel strongly about the race of their child’s prospective adoptive parents. If this is something that’s important to you, we can help you find a family that you’re comfortable with.

American Adoptions works with adoptive families of many different races, religions and backgrounds. Families certainly don’t have to “match” in order to love one another!

We’re here to help you find the adoptive family that you feel is right for your baby.

Reasons Why You Might Want Your Baby to Have Black Adoptive Parents

Although an adoptive parent of any race would be thrilled to raise your child and welcome you both into their life, there can be many reasons why you’d want to look specifically for African American couples looking to adopt. Maybe:

  • You’re African American yourself, and you want your baby to grow up in a home that can better understand their racial and cultural identity.

  • You want your child to have black adoptive parents who can be a mirror for them and provide them with a racially diverse community.

  • You want parents that can understand the unique obstacles that black children in America can face.

Families of all races, including black adoptive families, will love your child equally. Transracial adoption is more popular than ever, and prospective birth parents often decide to place their child with adoptive parents of a race other than their own because that was the family they connect with most.

Where to Find Adoption Profiles of Black Families Looking to Adopt

If you want to search specifically for black couples wanting to adopt, you can search adoptive families by race here.

Every family listed on this website is already approved to adopt. They’ve passed strict requirements and clearances, including criminal background checks, home studies, training courses and the state and the adoption agency have approved of them. The couples on the website are actively waiting to adopt, including black families looking to adopt.

However, these are not the only African American families we are currently working with. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t find the perfect adoptive family on our website — we work with families who are at different stages in their adoption process, so they may not yet be at the stage where they are listed as “waiting” on our website yet. Call us at 1-800-ADOPTION, and we’ll connect you with adoptive families who aren’t yet listed on the website who fit your vision of your dream adoptive family.

You can read more about our requirements for our adoptive parents and how they’re screened here.

How to Choose the Right Parents for Your Child

When you picture your child growing up with their adoptive parents, what do you see?

Maybe you see them surrounded by brothers and sisters, or with a family pet that they love. Maybe you picture them playing in a big backyard in the suburbs of a city, or maybe out near the mountains somewhere.

For some expectant mothers choosing adoption, the race of their child’s potential parents can be very important. But there are many things you’ll also want to consider when choosing adoptive parents for your baby. Let your American Adoptions specialist know what you’re looking for in an adoptive family, and they’ll help you find a family that matches what you’re picturing.

Start browsing through adoption profiles here.

Getting to Know the Adoptive Family: Before, During, and After the Adoption

With our adoptive family video profiles, you can really get to know black families looking to adopt, who they are and what their lives are like.

If you come across a profile of an adoptive couple that you want to get to know better, we’ll set it up so that you can speak with them on the phone. You can communicate directly with each other right up until your delivery, and the adoptive parents are happy to travel to you if you’d like them to support you throughout the birth.

You can also choose to stay connected after the adoption through an open adoption or a semi-open adoption. The level of openness that you prefer in your adoption is entirely your choice.

You’re the one who calls the shots in the adoption process as a prospective birth parent. You decide how open you’d like your adoption to be, who your baby’s parents will be and more. The race of your child’s family is also a choice you can make if it’s something you feel is important for your baby.

To find African American couples looking to adopt, call 1-800-ADOPTION now.

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Having trouble finding the perfect adoptive family online? Don’t be discouraged. American Adoptions is currently working with many adoptive families at all stages of the process — and not all of them are currently listed on our website. In addition, we work with a nationwide network of other adoption professionals that can help us conduct a wider search for exactly the family you’re looking for.

To discuss your preferences for an adoptive family and get help finding them, reach out to an adoption specialist by calling 1-800-ADOPTION at any time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is American Adoptions the right adoption agency choice for many birth mothers?

American Adoptions is one of the largest licensed adoption agencies in the United States. Each year, we work with thousands of women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to these women. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you seven days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and available options.

You should choose an adoption agency where you feel completely comfortable with their services and staff. With American Adoptions, you will work with an Adoption Specialist who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Adoption Specialist will be your advocate and will provide support and guidance as you create an adoption plan that is right for you.

How will the family tell my child about me and the adoption when my child is older?

Each family has their own style of introducing adoption to the child. When you are matched with an adoptive family, you can ask them this question. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it for you, just let her know. He or she can share your wishes or provide good ideas from other adoptive families.

You will also be able to share what you want your baby to know about you. You can complete a keepsake booklet to share hobbies, stories, photos of you and your family and a letter to your baby. The adoptive family can provide this to your child as he or she grows older. Be as creative as you like! Some birth mothers have even knitted a special blanket as a gift to their baby or given a similar symbol of their love.

The father of your baby can fill out the birth father's keepsake booklet or write a letter too. You may have other family members who would also like to share photos or a letter to the baby. This is your opportunity to pass on your and your family's love and to share your personality, history and reasons for choosing adoption. The adoptive family will treasure whatever information you provide and will share it with the baby at an appropriate age. In most adoptive homes, the word adoption is in the child's vocabulary early on, and adoption is celebrated in their lives.

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