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How to Find Native American Adoptive Families

Looking for Native adoptive parents for your baby? We can help you find the family you feel is right. Contact us now to get more information, or start viewing profiles of waiting families with Indigenous heritage here.

Although there are adoptive parents of varying races who would be thrilled to raise your child and welcome you both into their lives, there can be many reasons why you’d want to pursue a child adoption by Native Americans.


  • You have Indigenous heritage, and it’s important to you that your child’s heritage is preserved by Native American adoptive parents.
  • You want your child to be raised within the same tribe or nation that you were raised within.
  • You want to prevent the racial and cultural identity loss that has tragically been a pattern for Native American adoptees, like in the Sixties Scoop.
  • You want your child to experience the same traditions and be raised with the same values that you were raised with.

Whatever your reasons may be, if you’re placing a baby for adoption through American Adoptions, it’s important to know that you are in the driver's seat of the adoption planning process, including finding the specific race or ethnicity of the adoptive family for your baby. 

You also control decisions like:

  • Deciding how much contact you want to have with your child and their family after the adoption.
  • Creating a personal hospital plan that outlines how you want your delivery to go.
  • Selecting your baby’s parents.
  • And more.

With over 25 years of experience as one of the nation’s largest domestic infant adoption agencies, American Adoptions is very well versed in finding the perfect adoptive family for you and your baby, no matter how specific your preferences may be. We have helped thousands of birth mothers with successful placements, some with the same goals in mind as yours. 

Don't just take it from us, take it from families that we have helped. You can read testimonials and stories from birth parents who used our services to make their adoption dreams come true. 

We understand finding the adoptive family for your baby can seem like a difficult decision, but we are here to help! Call 1-800-ADOPTION, or fill out our online form to get more information on finding the perfect adoptive family for your baby, or to have any of your adoption questions answered. Until then, continue reading this guide to learn more about pursuing a child adoption by Native Americans.

Where to Find Native American Couples Looking to Adopt

If a child adoption by Native Americans is important to you, we can help you find Native adoptive parents who share your adoption goals. To search adoptive families by race for a child adoption by Native Americans, click here and you can filter out your specific preferences.

Keep in mind, every family listed on this website has been approved for adoption through a series of strict clearances, including background checks, home studies, training courses, and more. All of the adoptive couples featured there, including Native American adoptive couples, are actively waiting to adopt a child.

If you haven’t found the perfect adoptive family listed on our website, don’t worry. Not all of the adoptive families that we work with are at the stage in their adoption process where their adoption profile is listed as “waiting” on our website. Call us at 1-800-ADOPTION, and we can connect you with families who aren’t listed on our website yet but may better fit what you’re searching for.

Read more about our requirements for adoptive parents and how we screen them here.

In order to adopt a child of Native American descent, an adoptive family must also adhere to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Learn more about ICWA and how it protects Native American adoptees here.

How to Choose Your Baby’s Parents

With such a life-changing decision as choosing the adoptive family for your baby, you want to make sure to do plenty of research before making any decisions. While the racial and cultural makeup of your baby’s future family can be important when selecting adoptive parents, some things are just as important. Consider:

  • How often do you want to have contact with your child and their family after the adoption?
  • Do you hope that your child will have siblings?
  • What kinds of personalities do you picture your child’s parents having? What are their values or interests?
  • Where do you see your child and their family living?

We’re able to help you achieve child adoption by Native Americans, but it’s equally important that you feel like your child’s future parents are a good fit. Start looking through the adoptive profiles of all adoptive parents here.

How You Can Get to Know the Adoptive Family

All of our adoptive parents have video profiles, so you’re able to get a direct look into their world. 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. This communication can continue even after placement

Prospective birth parents like yourself are the ones who are in charge of the decisions made throughout the adoption planning process. Deciding how much openness you want post-adoption, choosing your baby’s parents, and even choosing the race of the adoptive parents are all things that you can decide.

For more information on child adoption by Native Americans, call 1-800-ADOPTION or fill out our online form to get answers to any questions you may have. Finding the adoptive family for your baby can seem stressful, but we are here to make sure you can focus on how exciting finding the best family for your baby can be.

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.

Information available through these links is the sole property of the companies and organizations listed therein. American Adoptions provides this information as a courtesy and is in no way responsible for its content or accuracy.

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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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