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Your Next Steps

You can take the next step toward creating a better future by speaking to a specialist, receiving financial assistance, and creating an adoption plan.

Beginning the adoption process with American Adoptions can be done in 3 clear steps.

Below, we will prepare you for what to expect and how to proceed. You can also find a more in-depth breakdown of the adoption process steps here.

Step 1: Contact Your Adoption Agency and Talk to Your Specialist

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Brighter Future.

There are two ways you can do this:

  • Click here to fill out a short form that will put you in touch with a specialist. You’ll also receive helpful information and a customized list of potential adoptive families.
  • Call 1-800-ADOPTION at any time. This is an especially good option if you need help right away.

Once connected, your American Adoptions specialist is your No. 1 support during the adoption process and acts as your personal assistant from start to finish. By creating a customized adoption plan, they will help you think through all the reasons you’re choosing adoption, ensure you have the resources you need, and set up adoption financial assistance to help take care of rent and bills.

For over 30 years, we’ve supported thousands of women through adoption. Our free services will help you feel safe, respected, and confident during this process.

Step 2: Look at Adoption Profiles and Choose the Right Family

You can start looking at adoptive family profiles right away or wait as long as you want. The timing of this part of the process is totally up to you.

If you’d like, we can send you a customized list of family profiles based on specific characteristics of a family you hope to find. Because we work with pre-screened families from all across the United States, you’ll be able to find just the right one for your baby.

Once you've found the perfect family based on your needs and preferences, you can focus on your vision of the future life for your child and build a meaningful relationship with the family. Meanwhile, your adoption specialist will focus on the steps of the adoption process and provide you the support you need when you need it.

Step 3: Start Receiving Financial Assistance

You shouldn’t have to worry about important expenses during adoption. That’s why our services are completely free, and you can receive assistance for help with rent and bills.

You can only receive this assistance after you’ve begun the adoption process. This is important to understand because we want you to receive as much assistance as possible as quickly as possible.

"I didn’t know what to do, so I got on the internet and searched “adoption.” I called American Adoptions and left my information. Social worker Erin immediately returned my call. She answered my questions, and we discussed the concept of adoption. When I hung up the phone, I knew this was the right choice for me and the baby. It was what my child deserved."

- Birth Mother Sara,
  More on her story here.

Take The Next Step

As you move through the process, you’ll be able to dream bigger about what your future holds while your adoption specialist handles everything else. By choosing adoption, you can create a brighter future for you and your baby — while also helping two hopeful parents start the family they’ve been waiting for.

Are you ready to begin step one? Click here or call 1-800-ADOPTION today.

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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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