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Minimizing Adoption Wait Times

How Together We Can Help Grow Your Family Sooner

Of the 300 adoptions we complete on average per year, 75 percent of families complete their adoptions between 1 to 12 months after activation.

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.

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 adoption 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.

  • 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.

  • Balance – We monitor the number of adoptions we complete and the number of adoptive families that join our agency to ensure accurate wait times. 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.

How Adoptive Families Can Minimize Adoption Wait Times

One of the biggest factors in determining the length of your wait 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 minimize your adoption wait time 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 birth mothers who are only giving birth to that race. However, if you are open to Caucasian, Caucasian/Hispanic and Hispanic, you will theoretically have a shorter estimated adoption wait time.

To learn more about American Adoptions’ advertising and networking, or to learn more about how you can limit your adoption wait time, call 1-800-ADOPTION today or click the following to request 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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