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Minimizing Adoption Wait Times

How American Adoptions Reduces Your Adoption Time Frame

We hear a lot of questions from hopeful adoptive families. Without fail, one of the most common is, “How long is the average time it takes to adopt a child?”

Many future parents are eager to minimize their adoption time frame, which is completely understandable. You have been dreaming of starting your family, and you can’t wait to hold your baby for the first time.

The time it takes to adopt can be difficult to calculate, because each family has a totally unique journey with adoption. With that being said, of all the adoptions we complete on average per year, 75 percent of families complete their adoptions between 1 to 12 months after activation.

There are several things we do as a national adoption agency to help you experience shorter adoption wait times. Through our own efforts and the flexibility of your adoption plan, together we can help you adopt a child quicker than with most other adoption professionals.

Understanding the Average Time to Adopt a Child

Adoption wait times are different for each family. There are several key factors in determining yours: the type of adoption and the agency you work with. While other things, like your personal preparedness for the process, will also contribute to your wait time, these two stand above the rest.

The type of adoption you choose can cause your wait to be shorter or longer. For example, most international adoptions take longer, in some cases three or more years, and involve more than one trip to the child’s country of origin.

It’s also important to research your adoption agency. Adoption wait times can be drastically different between agencies. An Adoptive Families survey found that 63 percent of families in U.S. newborn adoptions were matched within a year. For 37 percent of families, the wait was longer than 12 months. Comparatively, 75 percent of families working with American Adoptions complete their adoption within a year.

There are several areas where we go above and beyond to keep your adoption wait time low.

How American Adoptions Minimizes Adoption Wait Times

Our staff works tirelessly to help you find the right adoption opportunity within your estimated wait time through the following:

  • Advertising – American Adoptions extensively markets our agency to women considering adoption. If you search for common adoption questions online, you will usually find us at the top of your search results. We also advertise in crisis pregnancy centers, Yellow Pages, hospitals, social media and other adoption websites, just to name a few. This helps more prospective birth mothers find our agency, which creates more adoption opportunities and therefore shortens the average time to adopt a child for our families.

  • Networking – We network with hundreds of other adoption professionals throughout the United States. For example, if a Florida adoption attorney has a birth mother but needs a family, he or she may contact our agency to find an appropriate family for the birth mother.

  • National Exposure – While most adoption professionals only work with pregnant mothers within their state or region, American Adoptions is a national adoption agency that works with pregnant mothers across the country. This helps keep American Adoptions’ wait time for families lower.

  • Balance – We monitor the number of adoptions we complete and the number of adoptive families that join our agency to ensure accurate wait time estimates. Some adoption professionals take on too many families at once, lengthening adoption wait times for them all.

  • 24/7 Availability – When a woman considering adoption calls our agency, we always answer the phone. Our adoption specialists are on call 24/7, meaning a woman will never receive a voice mail and contact another agency.

The scope of our work and the quality of services we offer are unique in the world of adoption. We’ve been serving families for more than 25 years, and during that time we have seen what it takes to consistently create the shortest adoption time frames. We work hard to get you quickly to placement.

How Adoptive Families Can Minimize Adoption Wait Times

One of the biggest factors in determining the length of your domestic adoption timeline will be the flexibility in your adoption plan. By being more flexible to certain adoption situations in regards to race, budget, contact with birth parents, medical history and substance usage, your adoptive family profile will be seen by more prospective birth mothers.

The best way to have the shortest adoption wait times is to be as flexible as possible when setting your adoption plan. This allows your adoptive family profile and video profile to be sent to more prospective birth mothers.

For example, if you are only open to adopting a Caucasian child, your exposure will be limited to prospective birth mothers who are only giving birth to that race. However, if you are open to Caucasian, Caucasian/Hispanic and Hispanic backgrounds, you will theoretically have a shorter estimated adoption timeline. Similarly, if you are willing to accept an adoption situation in which the prospective birth mother has a history or drug or alcohol use, your chance of shortening the average time to adopt a baby in the U.S. goes up.

With that being said, it’s also important to be completely honest. We want you to have the shortest adoption wait time, but not at the expense of accepting an adoption situation you are not actually prepared for. We’ll work with you to help you find the sweet spot between being open and honest.

What to do During the Time it Takes to Adopt

Your experience during the adoption wait can be good or bad; it all depends on how you approach it. As difficult as it may seem, we recommend doing everything possible to go about your life in a normal way. The clock moves slower when you stare at it, and sitting around by the phone won’t help speed up the domestic adoption time frame.

Keep going about your work and hobbies. Go out with friends and visit family. Do what you want to do during this time — you’re going to have a whole lot of new responsibility soon! Enjoy the wait for adoption, even though it seems hard to do.

Learn More About Minimizing Domestic Adoption Wait Times Today

To learn more about how American Adoptions minimizes our private adoption time frame through advertising and networking, or to learn more about how you can limit your domestic infant adoption wait time, call 1-800-ADOPTION today or request more free adoption information.

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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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